- BA, MPhil, PhD
- Associate Professor in South Asian Archaeology
- Academic Writing Tutor
- Departmental Equal Opportunity Liaison Officer (DEOLO)
- Chair of Departmental Ethics Committee
- Chair of Departmental Sub-Committee for Academic Writing
- Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MA Archaeology and Heritage of Asia
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0050 Archaeology of Early South Asia
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0052 Archaeology and Art of Early Historic Asia
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCLG276 Cities, States and Religions in Ancient India
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0154 Archaeology of Buddhism
- Member of Editorial Board, World Archaeology (Routledge Journal)
- Member of Editorial Board, South Asian Studies (Taylor and Francis Journal)
- Member of Editorial Board, Studies in Asian Art and Culture Series (University of Bonn/EB-Verlag Berlin)
- Member of Editorial Team, Archaeology and Religion Series (Routledge India)
- Member of Editorial Board, Bloomsbury Studies in Religion, Space and Place
- Member, UCL Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World
- Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
- Archaeology of South Asia
- Archaeology of early Indian religions
- South Asian art and architecture
- Archaeology of medicine and healing
- Archaeology and Environmental Humanities
- Historical ecology
- Climate change
- Historical water studies
- Sectarianism, politics and archaeology
- Landscape and survey archaeology
- Archaeology of 'Natural Places'
- Rock art studies
Research Directory Records
- Buddhist monasteries and monasticism in ancient India
- Religion, 'Nature' and Environmental Ethics in Ancient India
- Landscape, Water and Religion in Ancient India
- Ramtek Survey
- Sanchi Survey Project
Current and Previous Projects and Grants
- Religion and 'Nature' in Ancient India: The Ecological Motif in Buddhist and Brahmanical Traditions. British Academy / Leverhulme Small Grant 2016-17.
- Archaeologies of Well-being: Environmental Ethics and Buddhist Economics in Ancient India. British Academy Mid-Career Fellow 2014-15.
- Landscape, Water and Religion in Ancient India. British Association for South Asian Studies Grant 2006-2008. Included fieldwork for Sanchi Survey Project and Ramtek Survey.
- Buddhist Monasteries in the Archaeological Landscape: The Social, Religious and Economic Background of Buddhist Propagation in Ancient India, between c.3rd Century BC and 10th Century AD. British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship 2002-2005.
- Sanchi Dams Project. Society for South Asian Studies Grant; Merton College Travel Fund 2003-2004.
- Mapping Settlements, Dams, and Monasteries in Central India. British Academy Board for Academy-Sponsored Institutes and Societies (BASIS) Grant 2003-2005.
- Sanchi Survey Project. Funded by: British Academy; British Association for South Asian Studies; INTACH UK; Merton College; Nehru Trust; Scottish Education Board; Society for South Asian Studies 1998-2008.
Current and Previous Research Groups
- Religion and Nature in Ancient India: Animals, Plants, Land and Water-Use in Buddhist and Hindu contexts - Relevance for Environmental Ethics Discourse? PIs: Julia Shaw (UCL), Angelika Malinar (Zurich), and Jens Schlieter (Bern) (from 2014).
- Tracking the Tiger: From Colonialism to Conservation. PI: Aleks Pluskowski (Reading) (from 2015).
- Atman and Psyche: Cosmology and the Self in Ancient India and Ancient Greece. PIs: Richard Fynes (De Montford) and Richard Seaford (Exeter) (from 2011)
- Ritual, Community and Conflict, a sub-project of the SESHAT Global History Databank Initiative (Expert Contributor). PIs: Pieter Francois (Oxford), Edward Slingerland (UBC), Peter Turchin (UConn), Harvey Whitehouse (Oxford) (from 2013).
- Relics and Relic Worship in the Early Buddhism of India and Burma (from 2003). PI: Janice Stargardt (Cambridge).
- Vidisha Research Group (2000-2007). PI: Michael Willis (British Museum)
- 2005-Current. Lecturer in South Asian Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology.
- 2002-2005. British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University; Junior Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford University.
- 2002. Visiting Research Fellow and Lecturer, Archaeology Center and Center of Buddhist Studies, Stanford University, California.
- 1998-2001. PhD Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Thesis: The Sacred Geography of Sanchi hill: The Archaeological Setting of Buddhist Monasteries in Central India.
- 1996-1997. Mphil World Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Dissertation: India's Sacred Landscape: The Elements of Archaeological Continuity, Ritual Contestation, and the Invention of Antiquity at Ayodhya, North India.
- 1990-1993. BA Hindi and Religious Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Dissertation: The Tree and the Axial pillar in Indian Mythology, Art, and Architecture.
- Shaw, J. (2007). Buddhist Landscapes in Central India: Sanchi hill and archaeologies of religious and social change, c. 3rd century BC to 5th century AD. London: British Association for South Asian Studies (British Academy). Leftcoast Press; Routledge.
- Shaw, J. (2020). Archaeologies of socio-medical and environmental inequality in ancient India. In Bussman, R., Helms, T. (Eds.), Poverty and Inequality in Early Civilizations. Bonn: Habelt.
- Shaw, J. (2019). Archaeology and Hinduism. In Hiltebeitel, A. (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Shaw, J. (2019). Buddhist engagement with the 'natural' environment. In Arai, P., Trainor, K. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Shaw, J. (2019). Stupas and monastic landscapes in Central India (in Japanese). In Hida, R., Itakura, M., Miyaji, A. (Eds.), Asian Buddhist Art Anthology (『アジア仏教美術論集』), 12 vols, Series editors: R. Hida, Masaaki Itakura, and Akira Miyaji. Chuo Koron Bijutsu Shuppan 中央公論美術出版 Tokyo, Japan.
- Shaw, J. (2019). Breathing life into monuments of death: the stupa and the 'Buddha Body' in Sanchi's socio-ecological landscape. In Kaul, S. (Ed.), Reading Space: Meaning, Monuments and Communities in Early India. New Delhi: Routledge.
- Shaw, J. (2018). Early Indian Buddhism, Water and Rice: Collective Responses to Socio-ecological Stress - Relevance for Global Environmental Discourse and Anthropocene Studies. In Altaweel, M., Zhuang, Y. (Eds.), Water Technologies and Societies in the Past and Present. London: UCL Press.
- Shaw, J. (2016). Archaeologies of Buddhism and its landscape setting in central India: the Sanchi Survey Project. In Garg, S. (Ed.), Archaeology of Buddhism: recent discoveries in South Asia. Colombo and New Delhi: SAARC Cultural Centre / Manohar Publishers.
- Shaw, J. (2015). Buddhist and non-Buddhist mortuary traditions in ancient India: stupas, relics and the archaeological landscape. In Renfrew, C., Boyd, M., Morley, I. (Eds.), Death rituals and social order in the ancient world: Death shall have no dominion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Shaw, J. (2013). Raymond Allchin (1923-2010). In Goldman, L. (Ed.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2013. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Shaw, J. (2013). Sanchi as an archaeological area. In Chakrabarti, D.K., Lal, M. (Eds.), History of Ancient India. (pp. 388-427). New Delhi, India: Vivekananda International Foundation and Aryan Books.
- Shaw, J. (2009). Stupas, monasteries and relics in the landscape: typological, spatial, and temporal patterns in the Sanchi area. In Shimada, A., Hawkes, J. (Eds.), Buddhist Stupas in South Asia: Recent Archaeological, Art-Historical, and Historical Perspectives. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Shaw, J. (2005). La Regione dei Vindhya. In Il Mondo dell'Archeologia: L'archeologia del Subcontinente indiano. Rome: Enciclopedia Italiana.
- Shaw, J. (2005). Sanchi. In Il Mondo dell'Archeologia: L'archeologia del Subcontinente indiano. Rome: Enciclopedia Italiana.
- Shaw, J. (2005). Satdhara. In Il Mondo dell'Archeologia: L'archeologia del Subcontinente indiano. Rome: Enciclopedia Italiana.
- Shaw, J. (2005). The archaeological setting of Buddhist monasteries in central India: a summary of a multi-phase survey in the Sanchi area, 1998-2000. In Jarrige, C., Lefevre, V. (Eds.), South Asian Archaeology 2001: proceedings of the 16th international conference of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists. (pp. 665-676). Paris: Editions Recherche sur les Civilisations, ADPF Vol. 2.
- Shaw, J. (2000). The Sacred Landscape. In Willis, M. (Ed.), Buddhist Reliquaries from Ancient India. (pp. 27-38). London: British Museum Press.
- Shaw, J. (1999). Buddhist landscapes and monastic planning in eastern Malwa: the elements of intervisibility, surveillance and the protection of relics. In Insoll, T. (Ed.), Case Studies in Archaeology and World Religion: the proceedings of the Cambridge conference. (pp. 5-17). Oxford: Archaeopress.
Conference abstract/presentation slides
- Shaw, J. (2018). Archaeologies of Human:Non-Human Entanglements in Ancient India: religio-philosophical and medical responses to food change in the mid-to-late first millennium BC. Humboldt Foundation Conference on 'Rituals for Power; Rituals for Prosperity', LMU, Munich. Fri 23-Sat 24 March 2018.
- Shaw, J. (2018). Early Buddhist attitudes towards 'nature' and environmental control: archaeologies of religion, the 'anthropocene' and our global environmental crisis. Invited lecture at School of Oriental and African Studies, Buddhism Inside Out event. Green Dharma: Buddhism and Ecological Responsibility. 10 March 2018.
- Shaw, J. (2017). An alleviation of poverty and human:non-human suffering: religio-philosophical responses to social, environmental and climatic change in ancient India. Poverty in the Ancient World. Institute of African Studies and Egyptology - Egyptological Seminar, University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Cologne, Germany. 17-19 November 2017.
- Shaw, J. (2016).Archaeologies of Human:Non-Human Entanglements in Ancient India: Early Buddhist attitudes towards 'nature' and land-use. Human, Non‐Human: Bodies, Things, and Matter across Asia and Europe. International Conference URPP, Asia and Europe, University of Zurich. 6‐8 October 2016.
- Shaw, J. (2016). Archaeologies of religion, nature and environmental ethics in ancient India. Anthropology, Weather & Climate Change, special panel, 'Past Weather, Past Climate: Archaeology as Environmental Humanity'. Royal Anthropological Institute / British Museum, London. 27-29 May 2016.
- Shaw, J. (2016). Early Indian religion, water and rice: archaeologies of well-being and environmental ethics. Comparative Water Technologies and Management: Pathways to Social Complexity and Environmental Change. UCL Institute of Archaeology. 15-16 April 2016.
- Shaw, J. (2012). Archaeologies of Buddhism and its landscape setting in central India: the Sanchi Survey Project. SAARC International Seminar on 'Archaeology of Buddhism: Recent Discoveries in South Asia, Buddhist Cultural Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 24-25 August 2012.
- Shaw, J. (2012). Buddhist mortuary traditions in ancient India: stupas, relics and the archaeological landscape. Death Shall have no Dominion. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. 6 April 2012.
Journal (Full / Special issue)
- Sykes, N., Shaw, J. (Eds.), (2018). Archaeologies of Medicine and Health Care. World Archaeology, 50 (3).
- Shaw, J. (Ed.), (2016). Archaeology and Environmental Ethics. World Archaeology, 48 (4).
- Shaw, J. (Ed.), (2013). Archaeology of Religious Change. World Archaeology, 45 (1).
- Madella, M., Osborne, R., Shaw, J. (Eds.), (2009). The Archaeology of Water. Special volume of World Archaeology 41.1. World Archaeology, 41 (1).
- Shaw, J. (2019). Deep Ecology as religion or worldview: an ethical perspective on environmental archaeology. Keynote Commentary on Felix Riede, 'Deep pasts, deep futures: a palaeoenvironmental Humanities perspective from the Stone Age to the Human Age'. Current Swedish Archaeology, 26
- Sykes, N., Shaw, J. (2018). New directions in the archaeology of medicine: deep-time approaches to human-animal-environmental care. World Archaeology, 50 (3),
- Shaw, J. (2017). A 'reflexive' multi-stage survey methodology for historical landscape research in Central India: fieldwalking, local knowledge, and satellite imagery as archaeological site prospection and mapping tools in the Sanchi Survey Project. Current Science, Special Section on Geospatial Techniques in Archaeology, 113 (10), 1918-1933. doi:10.18520/cs/v113/i10/1918-1933
- Shaw, J. (2016). Archaeology, climate-change and environmental ethics: diachronic perspectives on human:non-human:environment worldviews, activism and care (editorial article). World Archaeology, Special volume on Archaeology and Environmental Ethics, 48 (4), 449-465. doi:10.1080/00438243.2016.1326754
- Shaw, J. (2016). Religion, 'Nature' and Environmental Ethics in Ancient India: Archaeologies of Human:Non-Human Suffering and Well-being in early Buddhist and Hindu contexts. World Archaeology, Special volume on Archaeology and Environmental Ethics, 48 (4), 517-543. doi:10.1080/00438243.2016.1250671
- Shaw, J. (2013). Archaeologies of Buddhist propagation in ancient India: 'ritual' and 'practical' models of religious change. World Archaeology, Special volume on Archaeology of Religious Change, 45 (1), 83-108. doi:10.1080/00438243.2013.778132
- Shaw, J. (2013b). Archaeology of religious change: introduction. World Archaeology, Special volume on Archaeology of Religious Change, 45 (1), 1-11. doi:10.1080/00438243.2013.783968
- Sutcliffe, J., Shaw, J., Brown, E. (2011). Historical water resources in South Asia: the hydrological background. HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES JOURNAL-JOURNAL DES SCIENCES HYDROLOGIQUES, 56 (5), 775-788. doi:10.1080/02626667.2011.587425
- Shaw, J. (2011). Monasteries, Monasticism and Patronage in Ancient India: Mawasa: a recently documented Hilltop Buddhist Complex in the Sanchi area of Madhya Pradesh. South Asian Studies, 27 (2), 111-130. doi:10.1080/02666030.2011.614409
- Shaw, J., Sutcliffe, J.V., Lloyd-Smith, L., Schwenninger, J.-.L., Chauhan, M.S. (2007). Ancient Irrigation and Buddhist History in Central India: Optically stimulated luminescence dates and pollen sequences from the Sanchi dams. Asian Perspectives, 46 (1), 166-201.
- Beck, A., Shaw, J., and Stott, D. (2007). Best practice approaches for applying satellite imagery for landscape archaeological applications: a case study from the world heritage site of Sanchi, India. Proc. SPIE (Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology VII, 674905), 6749
- Shaw, J. (2007). Landscape, Water and Religion in Ancient India, c. 3rd century BC to 6th century AD. Archaeology International, 2006/7 (10), doi:10.5334/ai.0912
- Shaw, J., Sutcliffe, J.V. (2005). Ancient Dams and Buddhist Landscapes in the Sanchi area: New evidence on Irrigation, Land use and Monasticism in Central India. South Asian Studies, 21 1-24. doi:10.1080/02666030.2005.9628641
- Shaw, J. (2004). Early historic landscapes in central India: recent archaeological investigations in districts Raisen and Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, 2003-4. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in History and Archaeology, 1 143-150.
- Shaw, J. (2004). Naga sculptures in Sanchi's archaeological landscape: Buddhism, Vaisnavism and local agricultural cults in central India, first century BCE to fifth century CE. Artibus Asiae, 64 (1), 5-59.
- Shaw, J., Sutcliffe, J.V. (2003). Ancient dams, settlement archaeology and Buddhist propagation in central India: the hydrological background. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 48 (2), 227-291. doi:10.1623/hysj.48.2.277.44695
- Shaw, J., Sutcliffe, J.V. (2003). Water management, patronage networks and religious change: new evidence from the Sanchi dam complex and counterparts in Gujarat and Sri Lanka. South Asian Studies, 19 73-104. doi:10.1080/02666030.2003.9628622
- Shaw, J., Sutcliffe, J.V. (2001). Ancient irrigation works in the Sanchi area: an archaeological and hydrological investigation. South Asian Studies, 17 55-75. doi:10.1080/02666030.2001.9628592
- Shaw, J. (2000). Ayodhya's sacred landscape: ritual memory, politics and archaeological 'fact'. Antiquity, 74 693-700.
- Shaw, J. (2000). Sanchi and its archaeological landscape: Buddhist monasteries, settlements and irrigation works in central India. Antiquity, 74 775-776.
- Research students
- From 2018 - Bratatee Barman (external: Freie Universität Berlin), Archaeological Landscape of Brahmaputra River Valley, India: AD 600-1000 (Joint First Supervisor: Elke Kaiser, Freie Universität Berlin)
- From 2016- Ken Ishikawa (external: Oxford University), Geographical and Chronological Contextualisation of Buddhist Rock-Cut Caves in Gujarat during the Western Ksatrapa Period (mid' first-to-early fifth century AD) (Joint First Supervisor: Anke Hein, Oxford University)
- 2015-2016. Alessandro Ceccarelli, From Harappa to Aryavarta: the Painted Grey Ware and the link between the Late Harappan and Proto-Historic cultures in North-Western India (Second Supervisor: Patrick Quinn)
- From 2018 - Mitzy Quinto Cortes, Destroyed but not lost: How to overcome an earthquake? Engaging key stakeholders in the conservation decision-making process of their own Cultural Heritage (First Supervisor: Renata Peters; Joint Second Supervisor: Caitlin O'Grady)
- Completed. Ellie Kingwell Banham, Early rice agricultural systems in India (First Supervisor: Dorian Fuller)