Institute of Archaeology


Adrian Olivier - Honorary Professor

Adrian Olivier
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Adrian recently retired from the post of Heritage Protection Director after 19 years at English Heritage where he was also Head of Profession for Archaeology. Prior to that he was Director of the Lancaster University Archaeology Unit following extensive early career experience as an active field archaeologist in northern England. Adrian was the founding President of the European Archaeological Council - Europae Archaeologiae Concilium (the network of state heritage agencies), and works closely with the Council of Europe and other European institutions. He has a strong interest in wetlands archaeology and in recent years has become increasingly involved in maritime archaeology and this has led to participation in a number of international maritime projects including chairing a review of the provision of maritime archaeology for the Danish Heritage Agency.

Adrian continues to provide strategic and professional advice about heritage management issues to organisations and agencies across Europe; he is currently undertaking a heritage management project for the European Union/Council of Europe as part of the programme to promote cultural diversity in Kosovo and is an advisor to the EU funded Cradles of European Culture Project (Francia Media). Adrian is a member of the National Trust Archaeology Panel and has recently taken up the position of Chair of the Nautical Archaeology Society; he also intends to return to more active research now that he is retired.

Research Interests

  • The relationship between the function of international instruments and conventions as internationally agreed standards on the one hand, and the translation and implementation of those standards in practice in different national political, legislative, economic and social contexts.
  • The relationship between nature conservation and heritage management especially (but not exclusively) in the context of wetland and maritime archaeology, and recently taking up the position of Chair of the Nautical Archaeology Society.
  • Late Iron Age / early Roman Transitions, Roman frontier, and the early Roman military occupation of North West England.