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Prof. Chris Gosden
Prof. Chris Gosden

Chair of European Archaeology

School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

chris.gosden@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Landscape and Identity, Intelligence, Eurasian connections, Papua New Guinea

Current Projects:
European Celtic Art In Context
The ECAIC project characterizes and contextualizes Celtic art across Europe, and looks seriously at the nature of connections between Celtic Art and the wider Eurasian world.
English Landscapes and Identities
The EngLaId (‘English Landscape and Identities’) project analyses change and continuity in the English landscape from the middle Bronze Age (c. 1500 BC) to the Domesday survey (c. 1086 AD).


Dr Anke Hein
Dr Anke Hein

Peter Moores Associate Professor in Chinese Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford

anke.hein@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
South-west China, Human-environment relations


Dr Peter Hommel
Dr Peter Hommel

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

peter.hommel@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Russia, Central Asia, Early ceramics, Hunter-gatherer landscapes


Prof. Mark Pollard
Prof. Mark Pollard

Edward Hall Professor Archaeological Science

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford

mark.pollard@rlaha.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Materials science in archaeology, Chinese metallurgy, Iran

Current Projects:
FLAME (Flow of Ancient Metals across Eurasia)
Understanding patterns in Eurasian metallurgy. Legacy data new spatial interpretations.


Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson
Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson

Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology

School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

jessica.rawson@merton.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
China, Inner Asia, Interaction spheres

Current Projects:
China and Inner Asia: Interactions that changed China (1000–200 BC)
This 5-year Leverhulme Trust funded project (2011-2016), explores how the incorporation of such foreign materials, technologies and ideas into the repertoire of the early dynastic elites both marked and stimulated major social changes across ancient China.


Dr Rick Schulting
Dr Rick Schulting

Associate Professor in Scientific and Prehistoric Archaeology

School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

rick.schulting@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Western Europe, Japan, Human osteology


Dr Mitsuko Ito
Dr Mitsuko Ito

Research Associate

Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

mitsuko.ito@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Ancient Japan, archaeology of children and childhood, museum studies


Associates and Partners

Prof. Craig Clunas
Prof. Craig Clunas

Professor of the History of Art

History of Art Department

craig.clunas@hoa.ox.ac.uk


Prof. Sir Barry Cunliffe
Prof. Sir Barry Cunliffe

Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology

barry.cunliffe@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Eurasian archaeology, connectivity and isolation, the longue durée of social interaction


Chris Doherty
Chris Doherty

Research Associate

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art

chris.doherty@rlaha.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Ceramic analysis, Chinese porcelain production, Anatolian Neolithic


Prof. Donna Kurtz
Prof. Donna Kurtz

Professor of Classical Art

Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford

donna.kurtz@oerc.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Cultural heritage law and visual material culture


Dr Dirk Meyer
Dr Dirk Meyer

Associate Professor of Chinese Philosophy

Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

dirk.meyer@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
early Chinese texts, philosophy, history


Dr Bryan Miller
Dr Bryan Miller

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rothmere American Institute, University of Oxford

bryan.miller@history.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Mongolia, Xiongnu Empire


Dr Wendy Morrison
Dr Wendy Morrison

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

wendy.morrison@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Digital spatial data analysis, Harrappan archaeology, connectivity and social structure in Prehistory, zoomorphic iconography and ancient worldview.

Current Projects:
Testing the Metal
A collaborative investigation of Harrappan metallurgy with the National Museum Institute (Delhi), Deccan College (Pune), and NIAS (Bangalore).
GOAL—Great Ouse Ancient Landscapes
Landscape survey and excavation of a multiperiod rural settlement.


Prof. Christopher Ramsey
Prof. Christopher Ramsey

Director

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art

Research Interests:
Radiocarbon chronology, Bayesian modelling and calibration.


Dr Amy Richardson
Dr Amy Richardson

GA Wainwright Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Oriental Institute, Oxford

amy.richardson@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Neolithic archaeology of Western Asia; material use and technology; materiality; exchange networks

Current Projects:
Transforming societies: networks of materiality in the Neolithic Eastern Fertile Crescent
This project takes a multi-pronged approach to understanding how things came to matter in the Neolithic and how networks of material exchange helped societies thrive. Drawing on scientific, materials-based approaches and current theoretical perspectives, this research explores how the interactions between people and materials shaped the social worlds of the Neolithic, through case studies in the Eastern Fertile Crescent.
‘City Seal’ impressions from Early Dynastic Ur: new insights from clay characterisation
In collaboration with Prof Roger Matthews, this project examines the tantalising City Seal documents from ancient Mesopotamia. Conducting systematic pXRF analysis of proto-cuneiform clay tablets and sealings, this project seeks to shed light on the bureaucratic practices of early urban societies.
The Central Zagros Archaeological Project
The Central Zagros is a key zone in one of the major episodes of transformation in human history and in which the wild plants and animals that were later domesticated occur naturally. CZAP is directed by Prof Roger Matthews and Dr Wendy Matthews, based at the University of Reading, investigating early sedentism and agriculture through excavation of Neolithic sites in Iraq and Iran.


Dr Shelagh Vainker
Dr Shelagh Vainker

Associate Professor of Chinese Art, Curator of Chinese Art

Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

shelagh.vainker@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Northern Song Ceramics, Modern Chinese Painting


Dr Paul Wordsworth
Dr Paul Wordsworth

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

paul.wordsworth@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Early Islamic Archaeology and History of the Caucasus and Central Asia, Landscape Archaeology and Geographical Information Systems


Dr Nicole Boivin
Dr Nicole Boivin

Director

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena

boivin@shh.mpg.de


Prof. Jianli Chen
Prof. Jianli Chen

Professor of Archaeometallurgy

Peking University, Beijing

Research Interests:
Eurasian Archaeometallurgy, Northern Zone archaeology, Ancient Metal Technology.


Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus
Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus

Andrew W Mellon Teaching Curator, Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum, Oriental Institute and Said Business School

mallica.kumberalandrus@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Material and visual culture in South Asia

Current Projects:
Ashmolean Museum UEP: Promoting diversity through object-based learnin
Through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ashmolean Museum, the UEP supports Oxford’s commitment in ensuring an inclusive space and curriculum. While the remit specifically focuses on teaching across disciplines with and around objects in the collections, the very nature of object-based learning makes possible the pedagogical development to shape perspectives on diversity. Through object-based classes students are able to explore and communicate cultural values, power, privilege, exclusion, space, gender, sexual orientation, the perception of self identity and that of the world.


Dr Yury Esin
Dr Yury Esin

Senior Research Fellow

Khakassian Research Institute for Language, Literature and History

Research Interests:
Rock Art, Okunev imagery, Archaeology of the Minusinsk Basin, History of Wheeled Vehicules.


Prof. Hirofumi Kato
Prof. Hirofumi Kato

Professor of Ainu and Indigenous Studies

Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University

h-kato@let.hokudai.ac.jp

Research Interests:
Indigenous archaeology, Eurasian Palaeolithic archaeology, Museum studies.


Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Krause
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Krause

Professor and Member of Faculty

Goethe University, Frankfurt

Research Interests:
Eurasian and European Prehistory, Steppe archaeology


Prof. Jianjun Mei
Prof. Jianjun Mei

Director

Needham Institute, Cambridge

Research Interests:
Chinese Metallurgy, Connectivity and technological transmission


Prof Michael Petraglia
Prof Michael Petraglia

Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena

petraglia@shh.mpg.de

Research Interests:
Arabian peninsula, Indian subcontinent, Eastern North America


Dr Peter Stewart
Dr Peter Stewart

Director of the Classical Art Research Centre; Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology

Classical Art Research Centre, Oxford

peter.stewart@classics.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Gandharan art and its connections with the classical world; Greek and Roman art; Roman provincial sculpture.

Current Projects:
Gandhara Connections: Cross-Cultural Links in Central Asian Art
Through a three-year programme of events and the development of online resources, the project aims to stimulate and support research on the Buddhist art of ancient Gandhara and its connections with Graeco-Roman traditions.


Prof. Sharada Srinivasan
Prof. Sharada Srinivasan

Professor of Archaeology

National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Research Interests:
Indian archaeology, archaeometallurgy, archaeomaterials and art history

Major ongoing studies on bronze statuary, ferrous metallurgy and Wootz steel from southern India, and megalithic and Harappan copper alloys. Prof. Srinivasan is also working on craft ethnometallurgy supported by IGNCA.


Dr Nataliya Shishlina
Dr Nataliya Shishlina

Head of the Bronze and Iron Age Department

State Historical Museum, Moscow

Research Interests:
Nomadic lifestyles, Museum studies, Maikop culture, Northern Caucasus, Isotopes and radiocarbon chronology


Dr Viktor Trifonov
Dr Viktor Trifonov

Senior research fellow

Institute for the History of Material Culture RAS, St Petersburg

Research Interests:
Northern Caucasus


Prof. Tsagaan Turbat
Prof. Tsagaan Turbat

Department of Bronze and Early Iron Age

Institute of Archaeology MAS, Ulan Bator

Research Interests:
Xiongnu Archaeology, Western Mongolian Prehistory


Dr Alicia Ventresca-Miller
Dr Alicia Ventresca-Miller

Research Fellow

Research Interests:
Kazakh archaeology, Bronze Age Eurasia, Isotopic analysis

Dr Peter Stewart
Dr Peter Stewart

Director of the Classical Art Research Centre; Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology

Classical Art Research Centre, Oxford

peter.stewart@classics.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:
Gandharan art and its connections with the classical world; Greek and Roman art; Roman provincial sculpture.

Current Projects:
Gandhara Connections: Cross-Cultural Links in Central Asian Art
Through a three-year programme of events and the development of online resources, the project aims to stimulate and support research on the Buddhist art of ancient Gandhara and its connections with Graeco-Roman traditions.



Current Students

Qin Cao
Qin Cao

Enrolled: 2012–2016

The Evolving Roles of Weaponry in Shang Society

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson and Dr Wendy Morrison

Research Interests:
Early China; Weapons; Chinese numismatics; Metallurgy; Funerary archaeology


Beichen Chen
Beichen Chen

Enrolled:

Cultural interactions during the Zhou Dynasty, a study of the networks of the Suizao corridor

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Ying Chen
Ying Chen

Enrolled:

Ornament in Chinese Tomb Paintings from the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Alice Yu Cheng
Alice Yu Cheng

Enrolled:

Western Zhou Identity

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Ying-Ching Chou
Ying-Ching Chou

Enrolled: 2015–

The Imperial Packaging as Revealing Categorization and Status in Chines Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson

Research Interests:
Chinese history of arts and crafts


Xuying Du
Xuying Du

Enrolled:

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Yingtung Fung
Yingtung Fung

Enrolled:

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Peining Li
Peining Li

Enrolled: 2016–

Trade in ceramics between China and Southeast Asia during Song dynasty

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson

Research Interests:
Maritime trade between China and Southeast Asia


Ruiliang 'Ray' Liu
Ruiliang 'Ray' Liu

Enrolled:

Networks of metal flow in the Shang and Western Zhou dynasties

Supervisor(s): Prof. Mark Pollard and Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Li-chia Liu
Li-chia Liu

Enrolled:

Brick tombs in the Sichuan Basin during the Eastern Han period (AD25-220): Regional Identity and Culture Fusion

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Kyoko Nomoto
Kyoko Nomoto

Enrolled:

Silk on the Silk Roads from 3rd to 8th centuries CE

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Bobby C. Orillaneda
Bobby C. Orillaneda

Enrolled: 2012–

Maritime Trade Patterns in Fifteenth Century Southeast Asia: Evidence from Shipwrecks

Supervisor(s): Dr Damian Robinson

Research Interests:
Maritime and Underwater Archaeology, Ancient Maritime Trade Contacts, Shipwrecks, Asian Ceramics and Underwater Cultural heritage


Rebecca O'Sullivan
Rebecca O'Sullivan

Enrolled: 2013–

Rock-art of the Altai Mountains (Eurasia): regional connections and landscape relations

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson and Dr. Courtney Nimura

Research Interests:
Animality; Landscape; GIS; Eurasia; Xinjiang


Xiaojia Tang
Xiaojia Tang

Enrolled:

The Northeastern Frontier of Pre-Imperial China (13th to 3rd century BCE): Cultural Differentiation and Interregional Interaction

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Veronica Walker-Vadillo
Veronica Walker-Vadillo

Enrolled: 2011–

Angkor's Fluvial Landscapes

Supervisor(s): Dr Damian Robinson and Dr Linda Hulin

Research Interests:
Maritime archaeology; Southeast Asia; South China Sea; Fluvial networks; Angkor empire; Maritime trade networks; Nautical technology


Shengyu Wang
Shengyu Wang

Enrolled:

Roman or Ghandaran? Architectural and Ornamental Influence from the West Reflected in Tombs in Shanxi Province, China, from the 6th to the 10th centuries CE

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Wen Wen
Wen Wen

Enrolled:

Ancient Trades between China and the Islamic World: An Archaeological Study of Chinese Ceramics Found in the Islamic World and Their Relationship with Early Islamic Glazed Ceramics From the Eighth to the Thirteenth centuries CE

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


J. Alyssa White
J. Alyssa White

Enrolled: 2016–

Yayoi Period Traumatic Lesions: The role of aggression during the adoption of agriculture in Japan

Supervisor(s): Dr Rick Schulting and Dr Mark Hudson

Research Interests:
Skeletal evidence of trauma and stress, Japanese archaeology, transition to agriculture, human growth and development, stable isotopic analysis of diet


Waikwan Wong
Waikwan Wong

Enrolled:

Sources, Meanings and Identity: the cemetery at Majiayuan in Gansu Province, China

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson


Former Students

Dr Tom Hoogervorst
Dr Tom Hoogervorst

Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

Enrolled: 2008–2011

Southeast Asia in the ancient Indian Ocean world

Supervisor(s): Dr Nicole Boivin

Research Interests:
Indian Ocean, historical linguistics, Indonesia


Prof. Sun Woo Kim
Prof. Sun Woo Kim

Institute of Korean Archaeology and Ancient History at Kyung Hee University

Enrolled: 2007–2012

Life and Death in the Korean Bronze Age (ca. 1500 – 400 BC)

Supervisor(s): Prof. Chris Gosden and Dr Rick Schulting
An analysis of settlements and monuments in the mid- Korean peninsula

Research Interests:
Landscape archaeology, Bronze Age, East Asian Archaeology, Megalithic monuments, Settlement pattern


Dr Celine Lai
Dr Celine Lai

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Enrolled: 2004–2009

Resemblance and Resistance: Contacts Between the Shang and the South

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson

Research Interests:
Chinese Archaeology, Archaeological Theory, Museum Studies


Dr Chen Li
Dr Chen Li

Tongji University, Shanghai

Enrolled: 2009–2014

Han Dynasty Stone Carved Tombs in Central and Eastern China

Supervisor(s): Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson

Research Interests:
Art and archaeology of the Han Dynasty; structure and contents of Chinese tombs; interactions between Central China and Inner Asia


Dr Patrick Roberts
Dr Patrick Roberts

Max Planck Institute

Enrolled: 2013–2016

Fruits of the Forest: Human stable isotope ecology and rainforest adaptations in Late Pleistocene and Holocene Sri Lanka

Supervisor(s): Prof. Michael Petraglia and Prof. Julia Lee-Thorp
This project focused on using stable isotope analysis of human and faunal fossil remains to elucidate Late Pleistocene human rainforest adaptations in Sri Lanka, and the relationship of this data to wider debates regarding the viability of rainforest habitats for long-termforaging by our species.

Research Interests:
Application of stable isotope methods within multidisciplinary research programmes that are focused on human palaeoclimates, palaeoenvironments, palaeodiets and palaeomobility.