Sue Hamilton
  • ioa-director@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 7483
  • Internal: 27483
  • Room 208
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Sue Hamilton

  • BA, PhD, FSA
  • Director of the UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • Professor of Prehistory
  • Chair of UCL IQR Committee
  • Joint Chair of Departmental Staff Student Consultative Committee
  • Chair of Departmental Grants Sub-Committee
  • Awarded Provost's Teaching Award 2009-10 for commitment to innovation in teaching

Research Interests

Landscape archaeology (Pacific, Continental Europe; UK):

  • Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Landscapes of Construction Project
  • Sensory and gendered landscapes  
  • Phenomenology
  • Rethinking archaeological field practice
  • Later Prehistory of the Tavoliere-Gargano, Puglia, Southern Italy Project: social and sensory landscapes
  • Bodmin Moor Bronze Age Landscapes Project (1996-2001)
  • Caburn Hillfort, East Sussex, Excavation and Landscape Project (1996-2001)

Later European prehistory:

  • Later Prehistory of the Tavoliere-Gargano, Puglia, Southern Italy Project
  • British Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement and technologies – ceramic production and exchange
  • British 1st millennium BC hillforts
  • Later prehistoric social landscapes 


  • The use of art and graphic imagery in archaeological interpretation and presentation
  • The use of text in archaeological presentation

Research Directory Records


  • 2006-ongoing
    Rapa Nui Landscapes (Easter Island) of Construction Project
    This project is directed by Sue Hamilton (Principle Investigator) and C. Richards (University of Manchester, UK: Co-Investigator) in collaboration with Bournemouth University, UK (K. Welham: Co-Investigator)), the Chilean National Parks Authority, Rapa Nui (S. Nahoe) and the Museo Antropologico Padre Sebastian Englert, Rapa Nui (F. Torres H.). Funding: AHRC (2011-17) and The British Academy (2009)
  • 2001-2006
    The Tavoliere-Gargano Prehistory Project, Puglia, southern Italy.
    Survey of the landscapes and archaeology of the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages of the Tavoliere Plain and adjacent Gargano promontory with a focus on spatial pattering and scales, and the sociology of sensual and gendered landscapes. Directors: Sue Hamilton and Ruth Whitehouse Funding: The British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust
  • 1995 - 2000
    The Bodmin Moor Landscape Project.
    Survey and excavation of a Late Neolithic/Bronze Age ritual and settlement complex, Leskernick Hill, NW Bodmin Moor and the associated Bronze Age settlement of the Moor. A collaboration between the Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Anthropology, UCL. Directors: B. Bender, S. Hamilton, and C. Tilley. Funding: The British Academy and the Prehistoric Society.
  • 1996 - 2000
    The Caburn Hillfort and Landscape Project.
    Excavation, palaeoenvironmental studies, and intra/intervisibility studies of the Caburn Iron Age hillfort, (Lewes, East Sussex) and its topographic emplacement. A collaboration within the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Directors: P. Drewett and S. Hamilton. Funding: Sussex Archaeological Society.
  • 1997-1999
    Burgundy Iron Age Landscapes
    . A study of the landscape locations of the Iron Age sites in the Vix-Mont Lassois region. Directors: S. Hamilton and L. Olivier, Musée des Antiquités Nationales, Saint Germain-en-Laye. Funding: French Ministry of Culture and UCL

Educational Background

  • BA Hons, PhD: UCL Institute of Archaeology

I would welcome applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

  • Landscape Archaeology – particularly social and sensory landscapes, landscape art, and the archaeology of islands
  • Pacific (Oceania) Archaeology – particularly Polynesia and Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
  • Bronze Age and Iron Age societies, UK and Europe
  • Prehistoric ceramics, in general but I have particularly expertise in UK and European ceramics
  • Art and Archaeology

Current Students

  • Leah Acheson Roberts How can contemporary sculpture be used as an interpretive resource for archaeology in a museum context? (second supervisor Gabriel Moshenska)
  • Felipe Armstrong Human representation in Rapa Nui Art. Discussing personhood through aesthetic (Joint Principal Supervisor Jeremy Tanner)
  • Fay Stevens Still points in a moving world: A closer look at Bronze Age metalwork find spots in south western Britain (second supervisor Ulrike Sommer)

Second Supervisor

  • Jennifer Donato The Politics of Post-Colonial Identity: Objects of Representation in the Case of Fiji (principal supervisor: Paul Basu

Completed PhD students

  • Susheela Crease An investigation of the practice of deposition in watery contexts in the British pre Roman Iron Age-Roman transition (second supervisor Andrew Gardner)
  • Stuart Eve Through Dead Men's Eyes: Augmented Reality, Embodied GIS and Visitors to Open-Air Heritage Sites (principal supervisor Mark Lake)
  • Nicky Garland An analysis of the Early Urban landscape in the Late Iron Age(second supervisor Andrew Gardner; tertiary supervisor Dominic Perring)
  • Hilary Orange Public Perceptions of Cornish mining landscapes (principal supervisor Andrew Gardner)
  • Elisa Perego The construction of personhood in Iron Age Veneto (Italy) (principal supervisor Corinna Riva)

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