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Prof Michael Parker Pearson

Prof Michael Parker Pearson

Professor of British Later Prehistory

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2012

Research summary

Research Interests:
  • Stonehenge: its purpose and people
  • The Beaker people: diet and mobility in Britain 2500-1700BC
  • The Outer Hebrides: settlement and society from prehistory to the post-medieval period on the island of South Uist
  • Death and burial: funerary archaeology
  • Madagascar: society and change in the Indian Ocean
  • Prehistoric Britain and Europe in the 1st millennia BC and AD
  • Identifying mummification from skeletonised remains: soft tissue preservation in prehistoric Europe
  • Public archaeology and heritage
  • Ethnoarchaeology and material culture
Research Projects:

  • The Archaeology of the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides)
  • The Beaker People
  • Feeding Stonehenge
  • The Stones of Stonehenge
  • Supply and Demand in Prehistory? Economics of Neolithic Mining in NW Europe

Teaching summary

  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0076 Iron Age Europe
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0078 The Age of Stonehenge
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0146 British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0156 Funerary Archaeology

Biography

  • BA, PhD, FBA, FSA, FSA Scot, MIFA
  • Professor of British Later Prehistory
  • Winner of Antiquity's Ben Cullen Prize 2013
Prizes and Awards:
  • 2012 Visiting Professorship, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 2012 AIA's Samuel H. Kress Lecturer in Ancient Art
  • 2010 UK Archaeologist of the Year
  • 2010 UK Archaeological Research Project of the Year (Stonehenge Riverside Project)
  • 2009 Royal Society of Northern Antiquaries Award (Stonehenge Riverside Project)
  • 2008 Andante Travels Archaeology Award (Stonehenge Riverside Project)

Educational Background:
  • PhD, King's College, University of Cambridge, 1985. Thesis title: Death, society and social change in the Iron Age of southern Jutland
  • BA Single Honours (1st Class) in European Archaeology, University of Southampton, 1979

Publications