Institute of Archaeology

Dr Robert Staniuk

Dr Robert Staniuk

Research Fellow

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2021

Research summary

Currently I am focusing on the temporality of past communities, specifically the transmission of practices and material culture found in burial contexts. My research within the ERC COREX project is focusing on burials found in Europe from the Armorican Massif (France) to the Urals (Russia) and from Southern Scandinavia to the Balkans. From a chronological perspective it corresponds to the the 6000-1000 BC time period. The goal is to develop a innovative approach to documenting long-term changes in cultural practices, which can be correlated with biological changes of past populations.

I am also interested in the application of social theory in archaeological research, specifically practice theory, as well as quantitative analysis of prehistoric pottery from Central Europe.

Teaching summary

While I am not involved in teaching at UCL, I worked part-time (2019-2020) and full-time (2020-2021) as a lecturer at Kiel University. My courses focused on:

  1. the methodology of analysing the stratigraphy and material culture of multi-layered settlements (tells),
  2. long-term continuities of Neolithic and Bronze Age societies,
  3. introduction to archaeology,

  4. introduction to prehistory,
  5. burial practices in the Carpathian Basin between the 6th and 1st millennium BC,
  6. introduction to archaeological theory,
  7. waste disposal practices in prehistoric and modern societies.


I received my PhD from Kiel University (2019) for research on the relationship between tradition and practice based on a multi-layered settlement from Bronze Age Carpathian Basin and the temporality of material culture change throughout the generations of its inhabitants. I participated in excavation campaigns and research projects in Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Slovakia. I am continuously engaged in Central European archaeology of the third and second millennium BC. Before COREX, I was a post-doc in CRC 1266 “Scales of Transformation: Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies” focusing on the household archaeology of Europe’s first farmers in SE Slovakia. I was born and raised in Poland.