Institute of Archaeology

Prof Andrew Bevan

Prof Andrew Bevan

Professor of Spatial and Comparative Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2004

Research summary

Research Interests

  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Material culture and value
  • Mediterranean archaeology and history
  • Human settlement and landscape ecology
  • Archaeological survey and excavation methods

Research Projects

  • Antikythera Survey Project
  • Changing the Face of the Mediterranean
  • Computational Modelling and Human Use of Space
  • Crowd- and Community-fuelled Archaeological Research (MicroPasts)
  • The Impact of Evolving of Rice Systems from China to Southeast Asia
  • Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army
  • MicroPasts Knowledge Exchanges
  • Prehistoric hunting strategies in Jordan
  • Sensing the Iron Age and Roman Past: Geophysics and the landscape of Hertfordshire
  • Socio-environmental dynamics in Belize
  • Supply and Demand in Prehistory? Economics of Neolithic Mining in NW Europe

Teaching summary

  • Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MSc Computational Archaeology: GIS, Data Science and Complexity
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0094 Geographic Information Systems in Archaeology and History
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0095 Geographic Information Systems Approaches to Past Landscapes
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0103 Spatial Statistics, Network Analysis and Human History

Current Research Students:

  • Gabriela Dziki Thriving at the Time of Collapse: Changes in architectural style and influences during the transitional period between the Late Classic and Early Postclassic at the sites of Lamanai, Ka'kabish and Aventura, Belize (joint principal supervisor Liz Graham)
  • Xin Ding Site formation processes, Pleistocene assemblages, and hominin behavioural patterns at open-air sites in lake margin environments (joint principal supervisor Ignacio de la Torre, secondary supervisor Yijie Zhuang)
  • Emilie Hayter A Game of Stones: production, consumption and the social perception of architectural stone in Minoan Crete (joint principal supervisors Todd Whitelaw)
  • Christina Ichim A Network Approach to Processes of Cultural Affiliation in the Late Bronze Age Southern Aegean (joint principal supervisors Todd Whitelaw)
  • Alec McLellan A tale of two Maya Cities: Settlement change, cultural continuity, and landscape ecology between Ka'Kabish and Lamanai (principal supervisor Elizabeth Graham)
  • Bjoern Menze Mapping and undestanding prehistoric European Landscape features from fine-scale terrain models and spectral images (joint principal supervisors Mark Lake)
  • Joe Roe Modelling prehistoric hunting strategies in Jordan (joint principal supervisor Louise Martin, secondary supervisor Andy Garrard) 
  • Christine Spencer Picking up the pieces: Assessing the role of surface survey data in interpretations of regional social change of Bronze Age Crete  (joint supervision with Todd Whitelaw)


University College London
Doctorate, Doctorat | 2001
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1997
University of Oxford
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1995


BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FSA
Professor of Spatial and Comparative Archaeology

Educational Background
  • PhD (UCL, 2001)
  • MA Archaeology (UCL, 1997)
  • BA Ancient & Modern History (Oxford, 1995)