Institute of Archaeology


John Giblin - Honorary Lecturer

John Giblin

Name: Dr John Giblin 

Honorary Title: Honorary Associate Professor 

Email: j.giblin@ucl.ac.uk  

IoA staff nominator’s name and email address:  

Andrew Reid a.reid@ucl.ac.uk  


John received his BA(Hons), MA and PhD in archaeology from the UCL Institute of Archaeology and has been an Honorary Lecturer since 2014. He is now the Keeper of World Cultures at National Museums Scotland https://www.nms.ac.uk/collections-research/collections-departments/world-cultures/dr-john-giblin/.   

John is undertaking a collaborative research project with Rebecca Watts, André Ntagwabira and Maurice Mugabowagahunde (Institute of National Museums of Rwanda) excavating the c.400 AD early farming and burial site of Kabusanza in Rwanda. The research is funded by the Institute of Bioarchaeology and the British Institute in Eastern Africa. 

John also guest lectures on the following modules: ARCL0144 Heritage Globalisation, ARCL0132 Collections Curatorship, ARCL0026 Public Archaeology and ARCL0051 Indigenous Archaeology. 


Selected recent publications

  • Wingfield, C., Giblin, J., & King, R. (2020). The pasts and presence of art in South Africa: Technologies, ontologies and agents. [Book]. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.59948 

  • Watts, R., Mugabowagahunde, M., Ntagwabira, A. and J. D. Giblin (2020). Deposition of modified human remains as evidence for complex mortuary treatment in East Africa during the first millennium AD. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. Early View https://doi.org/10.1002/oa.2912 

  • Giblin, J. D., Ramos, I, and N. Grout (2019). Dismantling the Master’s House: Thoughts on Representing Empire and Decolonising Museums and Public Spaces in Practice: An Introduction. Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, 33 (4-5): 471-486 

  • Giblin, J. D. (2018). Heritage and Uses of the Past in Eastern Africa. Oxford Online Research Encyclopedia of African History. Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.135 

  • Giblin, J. D. (2017). Performing Diplomacy at Rwanda’s National Genocide Memorials, Journal of African Cultural Heritage Studies. DOI: http://doi.org/10.22599/jachs.17