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Prof Sue Hamilton
Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
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  • Professor of Prehistory
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS

Please contact Sue Hamilton via ioa-director@ucl.ac.uk in the first instance.

  • BA, PhD, FSA
  • Director, UCL Institute of Archaeology (2014-present)
  • Professor of Prehistory
  • Chair of UCL IQR Committee
  • Joint Chair of Departmental Staff Student Consultative Committee
  • Awarded Provost's Teaching Award 2009-10 for commitment to innovation in teaching
  • 2006-ongoing: Rapa Nui Landscapes (Easter Island) of Construction Project. This project is directed by Sue Hamilton (Principle Investigator) and C. Richards (University of Manchester, UK: Co-Investigator) in collaboration with Bournemouth University, UK (K. Welham: Co-Investigator)), the Chilean National Parks Authority, Rapa Nui (S. Nahoe) and the Museo Antropologico Padre Sebastian Englert, Rapa Nui (F. Torres H.). Funding: AHRC (2011-17) and The British Academy (2009)
  • 2001-2006: The Tavoliere-Gargano Prehistory Project, Puglia, southern Italy. Survey of the landscapes and archaeology of the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages of the Tavoliere Plain and adjacent Gargano promontory with a focus on spatial pattering and scales, and the sociology of sensual and gendered landscapes. Directors: Sue Hamilton and Ruth Whitehouse Funding: The British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust
  • 1995 - 2000: The Bodmin Moor Landscape Project. Survey and excavation of a Late Neolithic/Bronze Age ritual and settlement complex, Leskernick Hill, NW Bodmin Moor and the associated Bronze Age settlement of the Moor. A collaboration between the Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Anthropology, UCL. Directors: B. Bender, S. Hamilton, and C. Tilley. Funding: The British Academy and the Prehistoric Society.
  • 1996 - 2000: The Caburn Hillfort and Landscape Project. Excavation, palaeoenvironmental studies, and intra/intervisibility studies of the Caburn Iron Age hillfort, (Lewes, East Sussex) and its topographic emplacement. A collaboration within the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Directors: P. Drewett and S. Hamilton. Funding: Sussex Archaeological Society.
Educational Background:
  • BA Hons, PhD: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Research Groups
Research Summary

Landscape archaeology (Pacific, Continental Europe; UK):

  • Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Landscapes of Construction Project
  • Sensory and gendered landscapes; Phenomenology
  • Rethinking archaeological field practice
  • Later Prehistory of the Tavoliere-Gargano, Puglia, Southern Italy Project: social and sensory landscapes
  • Bodmin Moor Bronze Age Landscapes Project (1996-2001)
  • Caburn Hillfort, East Sussex, Excavation and Landscape Project (1996-2001)

Later European prehistory:

  • Later Prehistory of the Tavoliere-Gargano, Puglia, Southern Italy Project
  • British Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement and technologies – ceramic production and exchange
  • British 1st millennium BC hillforts
  • Later prehistoric social landscapes 


  • The use of art, text and graphic imagery in archaeological interpretation and presentation

Teaching Summary
I would welcome applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics:
  • Landscape Archaeology – particularly social and sensory landscapes, landscape art, and the archaeology of islands
  • Pacific (Oceania) Archaeology – particularly Polynesia and Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
  • Bronze Age and Iron Age societies, UK and Europe
  • Prehistoric ceramics, in general but I have particularly expertise in UK and European ceramics
  • Art and Archaeology
Current PhD students:
  • Leah Acheson Roberts How can contemporary sculpture be used as an interpretive resource for archaeology in a museum context? (second supervisor Gabriel Moshenska)
Selected completed PhD students:
  • Felipe Armstong Human representation in Rapa Nui Art. Discussing personhood through aesthetic (joint principal supervisor Jeremy Tanner)
  • Susheela Crease An investigation of the practice of deposition in watery contexts in the British pre Roman Iron Age-Roman transition (second supervisor Andrew Gardner)
  • Stuart Eve Through Dead Men's Eyes: Augmented Reality, Embodied GIS and Visitors to Open-Air Heritage Sites (principal supervisor Mark Lake)
  • Nicky Garland An analysis of the Early Urban landscape in the Late Iron Age (second supervisor Andrew Gardner; tertiary supervisor Dominic Perring)
  • Hilary Orange Public Perceptions of Cornish mining landscapes (principal supervisor Andrew Gardner)
  • Elisa Perego The construction of personhood in Iron Age Veneto (Italy) (principal supervisor Corinna Riva)
  • Rebecca Rennell Exploring places and landscapes of everyday experience in the Outer Hebridean Iron Age: A study of theory, method and application in experiential archaeology (second supervisor Mark Lake)

Academic Background
    Doctor of Philosophy University College London
    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University College London
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