Kathryn Walker Tubb

Research Interests

  • Art law, ethics and professionalism in the cultural heritage system and the trade in antiquities and other historic and ethnographic materials.
  • 'Ain Ghazal, Jordan: technological examination and conservation of a cache of 28 plaster statues dating to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B period, 6700 BC.
  • Related studies of similar objects.

Research Directory Records


  • Jordanian Department of Antiquities
  • Department of the MiddleEast, British Museum
  • Trafficking Culture, University of Glasgow

Educational Background

  • BA Biology, Mills College, Oakland, California, 1970.
  • Diploma in Archaeological Conservation with distinction, 1975.
  • Tubb, K. W. (2013). Shifting Approaches to Unprovenanced Antiquities among Conservators. In Realising Cultural Heritage Law: Festschrift for Patrick O'Keefe. L. V. Prott, R. Redmond-Cooper and S. Urice (eds), 145-162. Builth Wells, UK: Institute of Art and Law
  • Tubb, K. W. (2012). Extreme or Commonplace: The Collecting of Unprovenanced Antiquities. Chapter 4 in Were, G. and King, J. C. H. (eds.) Extreme Collecting: challenging Practices for 21st Century Museums. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • Tubb, K. W. (2011) Book Review Lyndel V. Prott (ed.). Witnesses to History: A compendium of Documents and Writings on the Return of Cultural Objects.International Journal of Cultural Property. 18, 463-466.
  • Tubb, K. W. (2007). Irreconcilable Differences? Problems with Unprovenanced Antiquities. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology. 18, 1-9, 23-25.
  • Sutherland,A., Tubb,K.W. (2006). The Burlington House Declaration and Maritime Heritage. ICON News 3, 8-10. ISSN: 1749-8988
  • Tubb,K. (2006), Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and the Antiquities Trade, Brodie,N., Kersel,M., Luke,C., Tubb,K. (ed.) Gainesville: University of Florida Press. ISBN: 0-8130-2972-4.
  • Tubb,K.W. (2006). Artifacts and Emotion. Chapter 16 in Brodie,N., Kersel,M., Luke,C., Tubb,K.W. (ed.) Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and the Antiquities Trade. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 284-302. ISBN: 0-8130-2972-4
  • Tubb,K.W. (2005). Illicit Trade in Antiquities. Glass News 18, 12-13. ISSN: 1362-5195
  • Tubb, K.W. (2003). Iraq: the evolution of a response to disaster. Conservation News. 85 22-25.
  • Tubb, K.W. (2002) Sampling: Widening the Perspective. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology. 13 16-18.
  • Brodie, N. and Tubb, K. (eds.) (2002). Illicit Antiquities: the theft of culture and the extinction of archaeology. London: Routledge.
  • Tubb, K. W. (2002) Point counterpoint. Chapter 16 in Illicit Antiquities: the theft of culture and the extinction of archaeology. London: Routledge (as above).
  • Tubb, K. (2002). The Statues of 'Ain Ghazal: Discovery, Recovery and Reconstruction. Archaeology International 5 47-50.
  • Tubb, K. (2002). A brief response to Reinhard Bernbeck. Public Archaeology 2,2.
  • Tubb, K & Brodie, N, (2001). The antiquities trade in the United Kingdom, in R L Layton, P G Stone & J Thomas (eds), Destruction and Conservation of Cultural Property. London: Routledge
  • Tubb, K, (1998). An Overview of Conservation Training in the United Kingdom, in The Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art: Europe 2000, 157-163. Athens: TEI
  • Tubb, K, (1997). Focusing Beyong the Microscope: Ethical Considerations in Conservation, Art Antiquity and Law 2(1), 41-50
  • Sease, C & Tubb, K (1996). Sacrificing the Wood for the Trees - Should Conservation Have a Role in the Antiquities Trade? in A Roy & P Smith (eds). Archaeological Conservation and its Consequences, 193-197. London:IIC
  • Tubb, K. W. (ed.), (1995). Antiquities: Trade or Betrayed. Legal, Ethical and Conservation Issues. Archetype Books in conjunction with UKIC Archaeology Section. London. 263 pp.
  • Tubb, K. W. (1995). The Antiquities Trade: an archaeological conservator's perspective. In Tubb, K. W. (ed.) Antiquities: Trade of Betrayed.   Legal, Ethical and Conservation Issues. London: Archetype Books in conjunction with UKIC Archaeology Section.

Current Students

  • Elpida Dragasi An investigation into the effectiveness of Greek legislation and policy in the protection of Cultural Heritage (second supervisor Theano Moussouri)
  • Haggai Mor The application of property law to archaeological collections in England (joint principal supervisor Joe Flatman, second supervisor Rob Chambers)
  • Niki Savvides Visitor experience and sustainable management of heavily visited sites: the case study of Herculaneum (second supervisors Tim Williams and Dean Sully)

Completed PhD Students


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