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World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum

World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization
Between 2009 and 2012, Dr Dan Hicks (Curator of Archaeology and University Lecturer) led a collections-based project that developed the first overview of the range and research potential of the Museum's world archaeology collections.
The project - Characterizing the World Archaeology Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum - was funded by a grant of £116,325 from the John Fell OUP Research Fund and with additional support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (IfA Workplace Bursaries scheme) and the Boise Fund.

The project resulted in a book, published in March 2013 as both hard copy and in open access form. This volume - World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization - introduces the range, history and significance of the archaeological collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, and sets out priorities for future research into the collection. Through 29 newly-commissioned essays written by a specialist team, the volume explores more than 136,000 artefacts from 145 countries, from the Stone Age to the modern period, and from England to Easter Island. 

Pioneering a new approach in museum studies - which the project calls "characterization" - this landmark volume is an essential reference work for archaeologists around the world, and a unique introduction to the archaeological collections of one of the world’s most famous museums.

You can order the book from Archaeopress
You can also read the full content of the book online, through the links below


1Preface& Front Matter1Chapter 1. Introduction: Characterizing the World Archaeology Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum (

2Chapter 2. Stone Age Sub-Saharan Africa (Peter Mitchell)3Chapter 3. Kenyan Stone Age: the Louis Leakey Collection (Ceri Shipton)
4Chapter 4. Stone Age North Africa (Nick Barton)5Chapter 5. Egypt and Sudan: Mesolithic to Early Dynastic Period (Alice Stevenson)
6Chapter 6. Egypt and Sudan: Old Kingdom to Late Period (Elizabeth Frood)7Chapter 7. Greco-Roman Egypt (Christina Riggs)
8Chapter 8. Later Holocene Africa (Paul Lane)  
9Chapter 9. Palaeolithic Britain (Alison Roberts)10Chapter 10. Palaeolithic Continental Europe (Alison Roberts)
11Chapter 11. Later Prehistoric and Roman Europe (Joshua Pollard and Dan Hicks)12Chapter 12. Post-Roman Europe (Eleanor Standley, Dan Hicks and Alice Forward)
13Chapter 13. Oxfordshire (Matthew Nicholas and Dan Hicks)
14Chapter 14. Neolithic and Bronze Age Malta and Italy (Simon Stoddart)
15Chapter 15. The Aegean and Cyprus (Yannis Galanakis and Dan Hicks)16Chapter 16. Iron Age and Roman Italy (Zena Kamash, Lucy Shipley, Yannis Galanakis and Stella Skaltsa)

17Chapter 17. South America (Bill Sillar and Dan Hicks)18Chapter 18. Central America (Elizabeth Graham, Dan Hicks and Alice Stevenson)
19Chapter 19. The Caribbean (Dan Hicks and Jago Cooper)20Chapter 20. North America (Dan Hicks and Michael Petraglia)
21Chapter 21. Asia and the Middle East (Dan Hicks)22Chapter 22. The Levant: Palestine, Israel and Jordan (Bill Finlayson)
23Chapter 23. India and Sri Lanka (Dan Hicks, Michael Petraglia and Nicole Boivin)24Chapter 24. Japan (Alice Stevenson, Fumiko Ohinta and Simon Kaner)
25Chapter 25. China (Lukas Nickel)26Chapter 26. Myanmar and Malaysia (Huw Barton)

27Chapter 27. Australia and Oceania (Dan Hicks)28Chapter 28. New Zealand (Yvonne Marshall)
29Chapter 29.Easter Island and Pitcairn Island (Dan Hicks, Sue Hamilton, Mike Seager Thomas and Ruth Whitehouse)  

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