Chris Gosden

Prof Chris Gosden

Chair of European Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology
36 Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PG

phone: 01865 288012

fax: 01865 278254

email: chris.gosden@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests

Archaeology, Landscape and Identity, archaeology and intelligence, history of the rainforest, Eurasian connections, Papua New Guinea.

Current Activities

He is directing the English Landscape and Identities project looking at the history of the English Landscape from 1500 BC to AD 1088 (funded by the ERC), and the European Celtic Art in Context project, exploring Celtic art and its eastern connections (funded by the Leverhulme Trust).  He is also finishing a project on the English Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum (funded by the ESRC).

Selected Publications

  • Celtic Art in Europe: making connections – with S. Crawford and K. Ulmschneider (eds) (Oxbow Books, 2014)
  • A Technology of Enchantment? Exploring Celtic Art 400 BC – AD 100 – with D. Garrow (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Knowing Things: exploring the collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum 1884-1945 – with F. Larson and A. Petch (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Archaeology and Colonialism (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  • Prehistory. A very short introduction. (Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • Collecting Colonialism: material culture and colonial change in Papua New Guinea – with C. Knowles (Berg, 2001)

  • Archaeology and Anthropology (Routledge, 1999)
  • Social Being and Time (Blackwell, 1994)

Publications

Journal Articles & Conference Proceedings

2014

Pollard, A.M., Bray, P.J. and Gosden, C., (2014), Is there something missing in scientific provenance studies of prehistoric artefacts?, Antiquity, 88, 625-631.

2011

Gosden, C. and Ten Harkell, A., (2011), English Landscapes and Identities.  The early medieval landscape: a perspective from the past, Medieval Settlement Research, 26, 1-10.

2010

Garrow, D., Gosden, C., Hill, J.D., Bronk Ramsey, C., (2010), Dating Celtic Art: a major radiocarbon dating programme of Iron Age and Early Roman metalwork in Britain, Archaeological Journal, 166, 79-123.

Kamash, Z., Gosden, C. and Lock, G., (2010), Religious Practices in Roman Britain: the case of the rural religious complex at Marcham/Frilford, Oxfordshire, Britannia, 41, 95-125.

Gosden, C., (2010), When Humans Arrived in the New Guinea Highlands, Science, 330, 41-42.

2008

Gosden, C., (2008), Social Ontologies, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 363, 2003-2010.

2006

Gosden, C., (2006), Race and Racism in Archaeology: an introduction, World Archaeology, 38, 1-7. 

2005

Gosden, C., (2005), What do objects want?, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 12, 193-211.

Gosden, C., (2005), Archaeology, Colonialism and Material Culture, Kokogaku Kenkyu (Quarterly of Archaeological Studies), 52, 10-24.

2004

Lock, G., Gosden, C., Griffiths, D., Daly, P. and Bukach, D., (2004), The Hillforts of the Ridgeway Project: excavations at Marcham/Frilford, Oxfordshire 2003, South Midlands Archaeology, 34.

2003

Daly, P., Gosden, C., Griffiths, D. & Lock, G., (2003), Hillforts of the Ridgeway Project: excavations at Marcham/Frilford 2002, South Midlands Archaeology, 33, 84-91.

Gosden, C. & Lock, G., (2003), Frilford: A Romano-British ritual pool in Oxfordshire?, Current Archaeology, 184, 156-159.

Gosden, C. and Lock, G., (2003), Excavations at Marcham/Frilford 2001, Britannia, 34, 65-80. 

2002

Daly, P., Gosden, C., Lock, G., Griffiths, D., Marston, T. & Trifkovic, V., (2002), Hillforts of the Ridgeway Project: excavations at Marcham/Frilford 2001, South Midlands Archaeology, 32, 69-83. 

2001

Gosden, C. & Lock, G., (2001), Hillforts of the Ridgeway Project: excavations at Alfred's Castle 2000, South Midlands Archaeology, 31, 80-89. 

Published Books

2014

Gosden, C., Crawford, S. and Ulmschneider, K. (eds), (2014), Celtic Art in Europe: making connections, Oxford and Philadelphia: Oxbow Books.

2013

Gosden, C. and Lock, G., (2013), Histories in the Making. Excavations at Alfred’s Castle 1998-2000, Oxford: Oxford School of Archaeology Monograph 79.

2012

Garrow, D. and Gosden, C., (2012), A Technology of Enchantment? Exploring Celtic Art 400 BC – AD 100, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2009

Cunliffe, B., Gosden, C. and Joyce, R., (2009), The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2008

Garrow, D., Gosden, C. and Hill, J.D., (2008), Rethinking Celtic Art, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Gosden, C. and Larson, F., (2008), Knowing Things: exploring the collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

2007

Gosden, C., Hamerow, H., De Jersey, P. and Lock, G., (2007), Communities and Connections: essays in honour of Barry Cunliffe, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gosden, C., Larson, F. with Petch, A., (2007), Knowing Things: exploring the collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum 1884-1945, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2006

Edwards, E., Gosden, C. and Phillips R. (eds), (2006), Sensible Objects: Colonialism, Museums and Material Culture, Oxford: Berg.

Robson, E., Treadwell, L. and Gosden, C. (eds), (2006), Who Owns Objects?, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

2005

Lock, G., Gosden, C. & Daly, P., (2005), Segsbury Camp. Excavations in 1996 and 1997 at an Iron Age Hillfort on the Oxfordshire Ridgeway, Oxford: Oxford School of Archaeology Monograph 61.

Lock, G., Gosden, C. and Daly, P., (2005), Segsbury: A hillfort on the Ridgeway, Oxford: OUSA Monograph.

2004

DeMarrias, E., Gosden, C. and Renfrew, C., (2004), Substance, Memory and Display: archaeology and art, Cambridge: McDonald Monograph Series.

DeMarrias, E., Gosden, C. and Renfrew, C. (eds), (2004), Rethinking Materiality: the engagement of mind with the material world, Cambridge: McDonald Monograph Series.

Gosden, C., (2004), Meskell, L. and Preucel, R. (eds), The Blackwell Companion to Social Archaeology, Oxford: Blackwell.

Gosden, C., (2004), Archaeology and Colonialism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2003

Gosden, C., Lock, G., Miles, D. and Palmer, S., (2003), Uffington White Horse Hill and its Landscape: investigations at White Horse Hill, Uffington, 1989-95 and Tower Hill, Ashbury, 1993-4, Oxfordshire, Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology.

Gosden, C., (2003), Prehistory. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

2001

Gosden, C. and Knowles, C., (2001), Collecting Colonialism: material culture and colonial change in Papua New Guinea, Oxford: Berg.

Contributions to Edited Books

2012

Gosden, C., (2012), Post-Colonial Archaeology: in “Hodder, I. (ed.) Archaeological Theory Today (2nd edition)”, pp 251-66, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Gosden, C., (2012), Technologies of Routine and Enchantment: in “Chua L. and Elliott, M. (eds) Protentions and Retentions: meaning and mattering after Alfred Gell”, Oxford: Berghahn.

Gosden, C., (2012), Humanised Environments: in “Davies, M. and Nkirota, F. (eds) Humans and the Environment: new archaeological perspectives for the twenty-first century”, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gosden, C., (2012), Material, Magic and Matter: understanding different ontologies: in “Maran, J. and Stockhammer, P. (eds) Materiality and Social Practice. Transformative Capacities of Intercultural Encounters”, pp 13-19, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Gosden, C., (2012), Long-Term History: A short response: in “Robb, J. and Pauketat, T. (eds) Big Histories, Human Lives: tackling problems of scale in archaeology”, Santa Fe NM: School of Advanced Research.

2011

Gosden, C., (2011), Anthropology and Archaeology: in “Hamerow, H., Hinton, D. and Crawford, S. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology”, pp 1003-24, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gosden, C., (2011), And your point is?: in “Bate, J. (ed.) The Public Value of Humanities”, pp 295-302, London: Bloomsbury Academic.

2010

Gosden, C., (2010), Words and Things: thick description in archaeology and anthropology: in “Garrow, D. and Yarrow, T. (eds) Archaeology and Anthropology”, pp 110-16, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

2008

Gosden, C. and Hill, J.D., (2008), Introduction: reintegrating ‘Celtic’ art: in “Garrow, D., Gosden, C. and Hill, J.D. (eds) Rethinking Celtic Art”, pp 1-14, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Gosden, C., (2008), History without Text: in “Baines, J., Bennet, J. and Houston, S. (eds), The Disappearance of Writing Systems”, pp 335-46, London: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

2007

Gosden, C. and Lock, G., (2007), Space, Place and Aesthetics on the Berkshire Downs: in “Haselgrove, C., Gwilt, A. and Pope, R. (eds) The Early Iron Age in Britain and Europe”, pp 279-92, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Gosden, C., Larson, F. and Petch, A., (2007), Origins and Survivals. Tylor, Balfour and the Pitt Rivers Museum and their role within Anthropology in Oxford 1883-1905: in “Rivière, P. (ed.) A History of Oxford Anthropology”, pp 21-42, Oxford: Berghahn Books.

2006

Edwards, E., Gosden, C. and Phillips, R., (2006), Introduction: in “Edwards, E., Gosden, C. and Phillips, R. (eds) Sensible Objects: colonialism, museums and material culture”, pp 1-31, Oxford: Berg.

Gosden, C and Kirsanow. K., (2006), Timescales: in “Lock, G. and Molyneux, B. (eds) The Archaeology of Scale”, pp 27-37, New York: Springer.

Gosden, C., (2006), Warfare and Colonialism in the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea: in “Otto, T., Thrane, H. and Vankilde, H. (eds) Warfare and Society. Archaeological and Social Anthropological Perspectives”, pp 201-8, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.

Robson, E., Treadwell, L. and Gosden, C., (2006), Introduction: in “Robson, E., Treadwell, L. and Gosden, C. (eds) Who Owns Objects?”, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

2005

Gosden, C., (2005), Material Culture and Long-term Change: in “Tilley, C., Keane, W., Kuechler, S., Rowlands, M. and Spyer, P. (eds) The Sage Handbook of Material Culture”, pp 425-42, London: Sage Publications.

Gosden, C., (2005), Indigenous Archaeologies: in “Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (eds) Key Concepts in Archaeology”, pp 146-51, London: Routledge.

Gosden, C., (2005), Ethnoarchaeology: in “Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (eds) Key Concepts in Archaeology”, pp 95-101, London: Routledge. 

2004

Barclay, A., Cromarty, A., Gosden, C., Lock, G., Palmer, S. and Robinson, M., (2004), The White Horse and its Landscape: in “Miles, D., Palmer, S., Lock, G., Gosden, C., Cromarty, A.M. (eds) Uffington White Horse and its Landscape: Investigations at White Horse Hill Uffington 1989-95 and Tower Hill Ashbury 1993-4”, Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph 18.

DeMarrias, E., Gosden, C. and Renfrew, C., (2004), Introduction: in “DeMarrias, E., Gosden, C. and Renfrew, C. (eds) Rethinking Materiality: the engagement of mind with the material world”, pp 1-7, Cambridge: McDonald Monograph Series.

Knowles, C. and Gosden, C., (2004), A Century of Collecting: colonial collectors in southwest New Britain: in “Attenbrow, V. and Fullagar, R. (eds) A Pacific Odyssey: archaeology and anthropology in the western Pacific. Papers in honour of Jim Specht: 65-74. Records of the Australian Museum, supplement 29”, pp 65–74, Sydney: Australian Museum.

Renfrew, C., Gosden, C. and DeMarrais, E., (2004), Introduction: art as archaeology and archaeology as art: in “Renfrew, C., Gosden, C. and DeMarrais, E. (eds) Substance, Memory and Display: archaeology and art”, pp 1-6, Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs. 

2001

Gosden, C. and Knowles, C., (2001), Material Culture and Colonialism in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea: in “Fewster, K. and Zelebi, M. (eds) Ethnoarchaeology and Hunter-gatherers: pictures at an exhibition”, pp 113-9, Oxford: BAR International Series 955.

Knowles, C. and Gosden, C., (2001), Kunst und Design der Arawe: in “Heerman, I. (ed.) Form Farbe Phantasie. Südsee Kunst as Neubritannien”, pp 152-63, Stuttgart: Arnoldsche.