Institute of Archaeology

Prof David Wengrow

Prof David Wengrow

Professor of Comparative Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2002

Research summary

Research Interests

  • Comparative archaeology of the Middle East, North-East Africa, and Eastern Mediterranean
  • Early state formation
  • Cognitive and evolutionary approaches to culture
  • Prehistoric art and aesthetics
  • Intellectual and social history of archaeology and anthropology
Research Projects and Networks

Research Student Supervision

Current Students

  • Elizabeth Farebrother From domestication to State Formation: Zooarchaeological approaches to Human-animal relationships in the Eastern Fertile Crescent c.10,000 - 3,000 BC (joint supervision with Louise Martin)
  • Ikram Ghabriel The Cult of Ptah at Thebes (principal supervisor Stephen Quirke)
  • Xose Hermoso-Buxan Neolithic to the Iron Age: Insights from Spatial and Network Analysis (joint supervision with Mark Altaweel)
  • Gwendoline Maurer Diaspora subsistence strategies: Tracing 3rd millennium migrants in the Levant (joint supervision with Louise Martin)
  • Nell Preston The Ubaid in the Arabian Gulf: chemical and petrographic analysis of potsherds from Iraq to the Straits of Hormuz (joint supervision with Robert Carter, UCL-Qatar)
  • Hanna Sosnowska The Socio-Economic Implications of Lithic Technologies in the Late Prehistory of  Iraqi Kurdistan (joint supervision with Dorian Fuller)
Past Supervisions
  • Dr Jill Goulder Social and economic impacts of early use of working donkeys and cattle in the Ancient Near East: insights from modern working-animal studies (joint supervision with Louise Martin) PhD awarded 2018
  • Dr Matilda Duncker Egyptianising funerary monuments in Victorian Britain: a social analysis (joint supervision with Jeremy Tanner) PhD awarded 2016
  • Dr Carl Walsh Techniques of the body and the transmission of courtly lifestyles in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean (joint supervision with Andrew Bevan) PhD awarded 2016
  • Dr Anna Panagiotou A comparative approach to the decorated pottery of the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean (joint supervision with Cyprian Broodbank) PhD awarded 2015
  • Dr Simon Martin The ancient Maya State: An epigraphic approach to reconstructing a Pre-Hispanic political system (principal supervisor Elizabeth Graham) PhD awarded 2014
  • Dr Mary Shepperson The use and meaning of light in ancient Mespotamian cities (second supervisor Harriet Crawford) PhD awarded 2012
  • Dr Gareth Brereton The social life of human remains: Burial rites and the accumulation of capital during the transition from Neolithic to urban societies in the Near East (second supervisor Stephen Shennan) PhD awarded 2011
  • Dr Sada Mire Somali heritage and archaeology (second supervisor, with Andrew Reid) PhD awarded 2009
  • Dr Wendy Monkhouse Transmission of knowledge from Pharaonic to Islamic Egypt (joint supervision with John Tait) PhD awarded 2008


University of Oxford
Other higher degree, Master of Studies | 1998
University of Oxford
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1996


Academic Background and Professional History
  • 1996 BA Honours in Archaeology and Anthropology, Oxford University
  • 1998 M.St. in World Archaeology, Oxford University
  • 2001 D.Phil., Oxford University
  • 2002 Frankfort Fellow in Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, Warburg Institute
  • 2001-4 Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford University