Institute of Archaeology


Carl Heron - Honorary Professor


Name: Dr Carl Heron

Honorary Title: Honorary Professor

Email: cheron@britishmuseum.org

IoA staff nominator's name and email address:

Renata Peters m.peters@ucl.ac.uk


IoA involvement:

Carl is co-supervising an AHRC CDP student with colleagues at the UCL IoA. He is Director of Scientific Research at the British Museum where he leads a team of scientists. Together they co-ordinate all aspects of scientific research undertaken on the collection. Carl’s research interests span molecular and isotopic approaches applied to archaeological materials. Carl has regular discussions with researchers at the IoA on a number of areas of mutual interest.


Selected recent publications

  • Courel, B, Robson, HK, Lucquin, AJA, Dolbunova, E, Oras, E, Adamczak, K, Andersen, S, Moe Astrup, P, Charniauski, M, Czekaj-Zastawny, A, Ezepenko, I, Hartz, S, Kabaciński, J, Kotula, A, Kukawka, S, Loze, I, Mazurkevich, A, Piezonka, H, Piličiauskas, G, Sørensen, SA, Talbot, HM, Tkachou, A, Tkachova, M, Wawrusiewicz, A, Meadows, J, Heron, CP & Craig, OE. (2020) Organic residue analysis shows sub-regional patterns in the use of pottery by Northern European hunter–gatherers. Royal Society Open Science, vol. 7, no. 192016, 192016. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.192016
  • Robson, HK, Skipitytė, R, Piličiauskienė, G, Lucquin, A, Heron, C, Craig, OE, Piličiauskas, G, (2019) Diet, cuisine and consumption practices of the first farmers in the south-eastern Baltic, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. doi.org/10.1007/s12520-019-00804-9.
  • Pollard, AM and Heron, C (2017) Archaeological Chemistry. 3rd edition. Cambridge. Royal Society of Chemistry. 438 pp.
  • Heron C, Shoda S, Breu A, Czebreszuk J, Eley Y, Gorton M, Kirleis W, Kniesel J, Lucquin A, Müller J, Nishida Y, Son J-H and Craig OE (2016) First molecular and isotopic evidence of millet processing in prehistoric pottery vessels. Scientific Reports 6: doi:10.1038/srep38767.
  • Brettell. RC, Schotsmans, EMJ, Walton Rogers,, P, Reifarth,, N, Redfern, RC, Stern, B, Heron, CP (2015) ‘Choicest unguents’: molecular evidence for the use of resinous plant exudates in late Roman mortuary rites in Britain. Journal of Archaeological Science 53, 639-648.