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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 and research interest in Urban Archaeology, especially Roman, Islamic & Central Asian. Interested in approaches to complex stratigraphy.

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 and the Maritime Silk Routes project. Established the UCL/Northwest University (Xi'an) Silk Roads Research Centre in 2018.

Specialist in archaeological site management, including earthen architecture conservation.

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.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Roman, Levantine, Islamic & Central Asian urbanism; recording & analysis of complex stratigraphy; management of archaeological sites and cultural landscapes; the Silk Roads.

Established the UCL/Northwest University (Xi'an) Silk Roads Research Centre in 2018.

Director of the Ancient Merv Project

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


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