Senior promotions for Institute staff

29 July 2014

Institute of Archaeology building, 2010

The Institute is very pleased to announce the success of six staff members in UCL's Senior Staff Promotions 2013-14. The promotions, richly deserved, acknowledge staff research and teaching excellence in their respective fields.

UCL Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow Promotions 2013-14

New Professors

Paul Basu - promoted to Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Heritage
Paul is currently undertaking research on 'N.W. Thomas's Anthropological Mission to Sierra Leone, 1914-15' funded by a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship and also on 'Archives, Histories, Landscapes: Surveying Sierra Leone's Cultural Memoryscape' funded by a British Academy Fellowship. He recently concluded a 3-year AHRC-funded project on 'Reanimating Cultural Heritage: digital repatriation, knowledge networks and civil society strengthening in post-conflict Sierra Leone'. Paul has been co-ordinator of the Institute's very successful MA in Museum Studies programme and is a core participant of the AHRC-funded 'Museum Ethics' Research Network.

Andrew Bevan - promoted to Professor of Spatial and Comparative Archaeology
Andrew is currently leading collaborative research with the British Museum on 'Crowd- and Community-fuelled Archaeological Research', funded by the AHRC. He is also Deputy Director of the project on 'Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army', designated as the British Academy as an “Academy Research Project”, in recognition of “the excellence of its scholarship, and the promise and excitement of its programmes”. Andrew is a major contributor to the Institute's MSc in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology and is currently the departmental Graduate Tutor.

New Readers

Andrew Garrard - promoted to Reader in Early Prehistory
Andrew’s research focuses on the Palaeolithic and Neolithic of Western Asia, and he has particular interests in late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers and early farming societies and their adaptations to the diverse and changing environments across the region. He has undertaken extensive fieldwork in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. He is co-ordinator of the Institute’s MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology.

Louise Martin - promoted to Reader in Zooarchaeology
Louise's research interests include the role of animals in past human societies and hunting and herding practices in prehistoric western Asia. She undertakes zooarchaeological and archaeological fieldwork in Turkey and Jordan. She is currently leading collaborative research with Institute colleagues on 'Prehistoric hunting strategies in Jordan' funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Louise teaches zooarchaeology at undergraduate and graduate level, supervises PhD research, and is a major contributor to the Institute's MSc in Environmental Archaeology.

New Senior Lecturers

Richard Bussmann - promoted to Senior Lecturer
Richard’s research interests include anthropological perspectives on ancient Egypt. He has published a book on the provincial shrines of early Egypt and is head of the project 'The materiality of administration'. He coordinates the BA in Egyptian Archaeology and the MA in Egyptian Archaeology.

Rachael Sparks - promoted to Senior Lecturer
Rachael's research interests include the material culture of the Levant in the Bronze and Iron Ages and she is a recognised world expert in Levantine stone vessels, having produced the standard reference work on the subject. Rachael is also Keeper of the Institute of Archaeology Collections which contain over 80,000 objects that are used in teaching, research and outreach. She is currently Chair of the Institute's Ethics Committee, Archives Committee, and Collections Acquisitions and Disposals Committee.

Warmest congratulations are given to them all!

Promotions are effective from 1 October 2014.