Institute of Archaeology


Prof Michael Parker Pearson

Professor of British Later Prehistory

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2012

Research summary

British and European prehistory from the Neolithic to the Iron Age; Stonehenge and the British Neolithic; the Beaker people of Bronze Age Europe; the archaeology of the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides); the archaeology of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean; the archaeology of death and burial; public archaeology and heritage


- Director of the Stonehenge Riverside Project

- Director of the Feeding Stonehenge Project

- Director of the Origins and Stones of Stonehenge Project

- Director of the Beaker People Project

- Director of the SEARCH Outer Hebrides Archaeological Project

- Co-Director of the Supply and Demand in Prehistory Project

- Co-Director of the Consuming Prehistory Project

- Co-Director of the Buried Landscapes of the Avon at Stonehenge Project

Teaching summary

Mike teaches both undergraduates and Masters students. At undergraduate level he teaches Introduction to European Prehistory, the Age of Stonehenge and Iron Age Europe as well as contributing to modules on Archaeological Theory, Archaeological Science and World Archaeology. For Masters students, he teaches a module on Funerary Archaeology and contributes to Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology. 


Mike Parker Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory at the Institute ofArchaeology, University College London (UCL). After gaining a BA in EuropeanArchaeology at Southampton University in 1979, he was awarded a PhD atCambridge University in 1985. He worked as an Inspector of Ancient Monumentsfor English Heritage until 1990. From then on, he lectured in the Department ofArchaeology & Prehistory at Sheffield University where he was given aprofessorial chair in 2005, which he held until moving to UCL in 2012. He is aFellow of the British Academy.


Mike began his archaeological career in 1972,working on archaeological excavations in southern England, and has since workedon archaeological sites around the world in Denmark, Germany, Greece, Syria,the United States, Madagascar, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the Outer Hebrides.He has published 23 books and over 200 research publications. In 2010 he wasvoted the UK's 'Archaeologist of the Year'