Institute of Archaeology


Julia Shaw - Associate Professor in South Asian Archaeology

Dr Julia Shaw, UCL Institute of Archaeology

UCL IRIS profile 

Research Interests

  • 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

Current and Previous Projects and Grants

Current and Previous Research Groups

 Academic Posts

  • 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.

 Educational Background

  • 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.



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Research students

First Supervisor

  • 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)

Second Supervisor

  • 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)