Chris Gosden

Prof Chris Gosden

Chair of European Archaeology

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

phone: 01865 288012

fax: 01865 278254


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 AD1088 (funded by the ERC).  He is also finishing a project on the English Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum (funded by the ESRC).


  • 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)


Journal Articles & Conference Proceedings

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.,
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
Gosden, C., (2008), Social Ontologies, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B , 363,2003-2010.
Gosden, C. , (2006), Race and Racism in Archaeology: an introduction, World Archaeology , 38(1)
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
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
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
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
Gosden, C. & Lock, G., (2001), Hillforts of the Ridgeway Project: excavations at Alfred's Castle 2000, South Midlands Archaeology, 31,80-89

Published Books

Cunliffe, B, Gosden, C. and Joyce, R., (2009), The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology. , Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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.
Gosden, C., Hamerow, H., De Jersey, P. and Lock, G., (2007), Communities and Connections : Essays in Honour of Barry Cunliffe., Oxford : Oxford University Press
Edwards, E., C. Gosden and R. Phillips (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
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.
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.
Gosden, C., Lock, G., Miles, D.& 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

Contributions to Edited Books

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 335-346, London: Equinox Publishing Ltd..
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 279-292, 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. .
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, NY: 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- 208, 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?”, pp , Oxford: Oxbow Books..
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 425-442, London: Sage Publications.
Gosden, C., (2005), Indigenous archaeologies: in “Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (eds.), Key Concepts in Archaeology”, pp 146-151, London: Routledge: .
Gosden, C. , (2005), Ethnoarchaeology: in “Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (eds.), Key Concepts in Archaeology”, pp 95-101, London: Routledge.
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 ”, pp , 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, supplment 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...
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 113-119, 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 152-163, Stuttgart: Arnoldsche.