Institute of Archaeology

Dr Patrick Quinn

Dr Patrick Quinn

Principal Research Fellow

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2011

Research summary

Dr Patrick Quinn is a leading expert in the field of ceramic analysis, particularly thin section petrographic analysis. His book on ceramic petrography is essential literature for any serious studies of ceramics. He has over 20 years of experience developing and undertaking research projects on ancient pottery and other ceramics from different archaeological periods and geographical regions. These include studies of ceramic production and distribution patterns in prehistoric Greece, as well as migration and cultural interaction in pre-contact North America. Patrick was one of the first western scholars to analyse scientifically the ceramic sculptures of the Terracotta Army in China. Patrick coordinates the Ceramic Technology Research Network at the Institute of Archaeology. He has an exceptional track record in high quality publications, including three books and over 40 peer review journal articles. He has taught specialist courses on ceramic analysis since 2005, including a highly successful intensive course on ceramic petrography, which draws participants from all continents. Patrick has significant experience in supervising masters and doctoral theses on ceramic analysis, as well as guiding post-doctoral research. Patrick conducts commercial post-ex analysis of ceramics from various periods and parts of the globe.

Teaching summary

Archaeological Ceramic Analysis (ARCL0102). Postgraduate module. Coordinator.

Archaeological Ceramics (ARCL0046). Undergraduate module. Coordinator.

Scientific Approaches to Archaeological Ceramic Analysis. Intensive Short Course for External Participants (13-18 July 2020) (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/study/continuing-education/scientific-approaches-archaeological-ceramic-analysis-practical-and)

Laboratory and Instrumental Skills in Archaeological Science (ARCL0170). Postgraduate module. Contributor.

Sites and Artefacts (ARCL1016). Undergraduate module. Contributor.

Introduction to Archaeology (ARCL0010). Undergraduate module. Contributor.

Archaeology of North America (ARCL0079). Undergraduate module. Contributor.

Applications of Archaeological Science (ARCL0043). Undergraduate module. Contributor.


  • BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Principal Research Fellow in Ceramic Petrography
  • Research Network Co-ordinator: Ceramic Technology