Institute of Archaeology

Prof Mark Lake

Prof Mark Lake

Professor of Computational Arhcaeology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2000

Research summary

I am actively engaged in the development and use of quantitative and computational methods for studying the past, especially agent-based computer simulation and geographical information systems. I have used these techniques to study the evolutionary origins of cultural transmission, Mesolithic settlement strategies in Scotland and the spread of farming in Neolithic Europe. I also have a long standing interest in the problem of memes and the manner in which human innovation explores design space.

Teaching summary

Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MSc in Computational Archaeology: GIS, Data Science and Complexity

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0077 Archaeology in the World

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0095 GIS Approaches to Past Landscapes

Course Co-ordinator (with Andrew Bevan): ARCL0160 Archaeological Data Science

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0161 Complexity, Space and Human History


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1995
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1991


Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
Departmental QME Officer
Awarded Provost's Teaching Award 2007-08 for commitment to innovation in teaching
Editor in Chief Science and Technology in Archaeological Research
Member of AHRC Peer Review College and Panel