Institute of Archaeology


Dr Gabriel Moshenska

Associate Professor

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2009

Research summary

Conflict archaeology and heritage

  • Archaeology of the Second World War and post-1945 anti-colonial conflicts.
  • Sites, artefacts, and landscapes of Civil Defence, and the civilian experience of war.
  • Material culture, memory, and the senses.
  • 'Dark' heritage of violent conflict.

Public and community archaeology

  • Archaeology from below.
  • Collaboration, co-creation, and ethics in community archaeology.
  • Anarchist approaches to private property and the state in critical heritage studies.
  • Grappling with the public understanding of the past.

History and philosophy of archaeology

  • Eye-witnessing, audiences, and the construction of archaeological knowledge.
  • The histories of archaeological societies and congresses.
  • Protests and controversies in the history of public archaeology.
  • The life and work of antiquarian Thomas Pettigrew (1791-1865).

Teaching summary


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2005
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2004


Gabe Moshenska is Associate Professor in Public Archaeology. His research interests range wildly from gas masks and ghost stories to internet memes and the contested reception of Milton’s theological writings in the nineteenth century. His fieldwork is focused on collaborative archaeology and heritage projects in Spain, Finland, Kenya, and the UK. He is the author of more than one hundred publications across several disciplines. His books include Material Cultures of Childhood in Second World War Britain (2019), Key Concepts in Public Archaeology (2017), and Ethics and the Archaeology of Violence (2015, co-edited with Alfredo González-Ruibal). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of the History of Archaeology.