Dr Julia Shaw
Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
Institute of Archaeology
- Joined UCL
- 1st Sep 2005
My current research focuses on the history and archaeology of environmental ethics and attitudes, and the deep-time mindsets towards 'nature' that sustain both healthy and unhealthy human-animal environmental interactions in the past-present-future, with particular interests in South Asian archaeology.
- Archaeology and art of South Asia: urbanisation, religious history, state-formation, agriculture, land-use and environmental control, historical water studies, ecological history; sectarianism, politics and archaeology; landscape and survey archaeology; archaeology of sacred geography and 'natural places'; rock-art.
- Archaeology of Asian religions especially Buddhism and Hinduism.
- Archaeology of medicine, healing and disability: interfaces between archaeology, the medical humanities and public ecological health discourse.
- Interfaces between archaeology, anthropocene studies, and the environmental humanities: archaeologies of environmental ethics and intellectual responses to climate change; cultural attitudes towards 'nature' and human:animal:environment interactions; archaeology, religion and the environment; archaeology and environmental / climate-change activism.
Research projects and grants
- 2014- Religion, 'Nature' and Environmental Ethics in Ancient India (PI). Funding: British Academy / Leverhulme Small Grant (2016-17), British Academy Mid Career Fellowship (2014-15)
- 1998- Sanchi Survey Project, and Sanchi Dams Project (PI). Funding: British Academy; British Association for South Asian Studies; INTACH UK; Merton College; Nehru Trust; Scottish Education Board; Society for South Asian Studies
- 2006-8 Landscape, Water and Religion in Ancient India (PI). Funding: British Association for South Asian Studies Grant
- 2003-5 Mapping dams, settlements and monasteries in Central India (PI). Funding: British Academy Board for Academy-Sponsored Institutes and Societies (BASIS) Grant
- 2019- Science, society and environmental change in the first millennium CE (PI: Helen Foxhall Forbes & Karen Milek, Durham University). https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/1920projects/foxhallforbes/
- 2016- One Health, Deep Time Research Network (PI: Naomi Sykes, Exeter University)
- 2015- Tracking the Tiger: From Colonialism to Conservation (PI: Aleks Pluskowski, Reading)
- 2013-18, Ritual, Community and Conflict (SESHAT Global History Databank Initiative) (PIs: Pieter Francois, Oxford; Edward Slingerland, UBC; Peter Turchin, UConn; Harvey Whitehouse, Oxford). https://evolution-institute.org/project/seshat/
- 2003-7 Relics & relic worship in the early Buddhism of India & Burma (PI: Janice Stargardt, University of Cambridge)
- 2000-7 Vidisha Research Group (PI: Michael Willis, British Museum)
My undergraduate teaching covers art and archaeology of South Asia, with an emphasis on complex society, religion and environment. I also contribute to the Institute's MA in Archaeology and Heritage of Asia, including the Archaeology of Buddhism module which acts as a cultural bridge between the diverse regional and chronological foci of the degree.
- Degree Coordinator (2019/20) and Contributor to MA Archaeology and Heritage of Asia Degree Programme
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0050 Archaeology of Early South Asia
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0052 Archaeology and Art of Historic South Asia: approaches to ancient states, empires, and religions in the Indian Subcontinent
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCLG276 Cities, States and Religions of Ancient India
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0154 Archaeology of Buddhism
- Contributor: ARCL0152 Archaeologies of Asia
- Contributor: ARCL0210 Archaeology of the Silk Roads
I am happy to supervise topics on South Asian, and comparative Asian archaeology, and more broadly, on landscape and survey archaeology; water and irrigation; archaeology of ritual and religion; historical ecology; archaeology and the medico-environmental humanities; archaeology and anthropocene studies; religious and intellectual responses to climate and environmental change.
- From 2018 - Bratatee Barman (external: Freie Universität Berlin), Archaeological Landscape of Brahmaputra River Valley, India: AD 600-1000 (Joint First Supervisor: Elke Kaiser, Freie Universität Berlin)
- From 2016- Ken Ishikawa (external: Oxford University), Geographical and Chronological Contextualisation of Buddhist Rock-Cut Caves in Gujarat during the Western Ksatrapa Period (mid' first-to-early fifth century AD) (Joint First Supervisor: Anke Hein, Oxford University)
- 2015-2016. Alessandro Ceccarelli, From Harappa to Aryavarta: the Painted Grey Ware and the link between the Late Harappan and Proto-Historic cultures in North-Western India (Second Supervisor: Patrick Quinn)
- From 2018 - Mitzy Quinto Cortes, Destroyed but not lost: How to overcome an earthquake? Engaging key stakeholders in the conservation decision-making process of their own Cultural Heritage (First Supervisor: Renata Peters; Joint Second Supervisor: Caitlin O'Grady)
- Ellie Kingwell Banham, Early rice agricultural systems in India (First Supervisor: Dorian Fuller)
- University of Cambridge
- Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2002
- University of Cambridge
- Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 1997
- School of Oriental and African Studies
- First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1993
- BA, MPhil, PhD
- Associate Professor in South Asian Archaeology
- Departmental Academic Writing Tutor
- Chair of Departmental Sub-Committee for Academic Writing
- Chair of Departmental Ethics Committee
- Departmental Equal Opportunity Liaison Officer (DEOLO)
- Since 2015, Member, UCL Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World
- Since 2015, Research Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
- 2012-15, Visiting Scholar, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
Editorial Board Membership
- Since 2019, Material Religion in Antiquity. Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, Florence /Oxbow Book Series
- Since 2016, Studies in Asian Art and Culture Series, University of Bonn / EB-Verlag Berlin
- Since 2015, South Asian Studies(Taylor & Francis)
- Since 2014, Bloomsbury Studies in Religion, Space and Place
- Since 2012, Routledge (India) Archaeology and Religion Book Series
- 2005-2019, World Archaeology (Taylor & Francis)