- BA, MA, FSA, MIFA, CStat
- Emeritus Professor in Quantitative Archaeology
- Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MA Archaeology of London
His main interests are in archaeological method, from research design through data acquisition and analysis to interpretation, all of which he sees as inextricably linked with statistics and quantitative methods. These interests have been pursued in various aspects of archaeology, in particular ceramic studies, sampling and surveys in fieldwork and museums, and ‘everyday’ uses of statistical approaches to refine archaeological arguments.
He has developed a unique computer package, called Pie-slice, for the comparative analysis of ceramic assemblages, which has also been used successfully on animal bone assemblages.
He has written part or all of Spatial Analysis in Archaeology (1976), Mathematics in Archaeology (1980), Pottery in Archaeology (1993) and Sampling in Archaeology (2000). Pottery in Archaeology has become a best seller in the Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology series, and a second edition is being planned.
- Clive Orton is collaborating in an INTAS-funded project involved in the
excavations of medieval Novgorod in Russia. He brings to this project his
specialisms in both medieval ceramics and archaeological statistics. This
project is about to come to fruition in a book that he has edited, titled
The Pottery from Medieval Novgorod and its Region, with contributions from
several Russian authors.
- He has also recently collaborated with the Wiltshire Museums Service
over the design of a survey of the conditions of the collections
in all sixteen
of the museums in the Service. This has broken new ground in
the design of surveys to meet a wide range of objectives simultaneously.
details were published as ‘Keeping Everybody Happy: Museum
Surveys with Multiple Objectives’ in Bekairi, K. (ed.)
CAA2002 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
- He has recently (November 2002 to March 2004) been funded by English Heritage
to train a researcher in the field of Chronological Modelling,
in order to improve the efficiency and interpretation of scientific dating
funded by English Heritage.
- Grant of £249,534 awarded for ‘Learning, Access, Teaching,
Employability and Research in the London Archaeological Archive’ HEFCE
Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FTDL5),
Clive Orton edits London Archaeologist which is London’s only archaeological magazine, with a world-wide readership. Published quarterly, with reports on excavations, artefact studies, syntheses and archaeological politics, plus an annual supplement giving summaries of all archaeological fieldwork in London, and listing archaeological publications relating to the London area.
Pie-slice is an innovative computer package for the statistical comparison
of ceramic assemblages, or of any assemblages containing broken material. It
was developed at the Institute of Archaeology with funding from the (then)
Science and Engineering Research Council. It is being disseminated into the
archaeological community by means of a series of training days. The cost of
the package is £50 including a day’s training; it is not usually
available without the training element. For details, bookings, etc. contact
Clive at: email@example.com.
- 1966 BA in Mathematics (Cambridge)
- 1967 Diploma in Mathematical Statistics (Cambridge)
- 1969 MA in Mathematics (Cambridge)
- 1972 Certificate in Field Archaeology (Extra-Mural Department, University of London)