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Mr Tim Williams
  • Reader in Silk Roads Archaeology
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS

Background in Urban Archaeology, especially Roman, Islamic& Central Asian; approaches to complex stratigraphy; Earthen architecture conservation; and archaeological site management. Learnt much as a seasonal site supervisor at Phil Barker’s excavations at Wroxeter between 1976-1982. Worked for the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust in 1976-7 & 1980, The Colchester Archaeological Trust 1980, and then for the Department of Urban Archaeology (Museum of London) between 1981-1991. Between 1991-2002 was Head of Archaeology Commissions at English Heritage, before joining UCL in 2002. Undertaken a long running research project at Merv, Turkmenistan, since 2001. Recently working on the UNESCO serial transboundary Silk Roads project, including undertaking the ICOMOS Silk Roads thematic study.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Urbanism, space syntax, complex societies, recording & analysis of complex stratigraphy, integration of complex data sets, management of archaeological sites and cultural landscapes, World systems theory, The Silk Roads.

Roman, Levantine, Islamic & Central Asian archaeology.

EARTH: Earthen Archaeology Research, Theory and History

Director of the Ancient Merv Project

Member of the International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM)

Editor-in-chief of the peer-review journal Conservation & Management of Archaeological Sites

Teaching Summary

Academic Background
1980 BA Bachelor of Arts – Archaeology University of Leicester
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