Staff Profile:Dr Duncan Garrow

Dr Duncan Garrow
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Areas of Interest:
  • British and European later prehistory
  • The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition
  • Ritual deposition in prehistory
  • Celtic Art and Iron Age material culture
  • Archaeological theory
  • Radiocarbon dating (and its interpretive potential)
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to material culture
  • The integration of commercial and university-based archaeology

Postgraduate supervision

Duncan has supervised students on a wide variety of later prehistory topics: British and Scandinavian Neolithic rock art (Robert Smith), metal production the Great Orme Bronze Age copper mine (Alan Williams), Neolithic axes in the Isle of Man (Katie Barrs) and Neolithic/Bronze Age monument construction methods (John Hill). Duncan would be happy to discuss research proposals on any area of the later prehistoric archaeology of Britain and continental Europe.

For further information, please contact Dr Garrow (

Research groups / Centres:

Social Archaeology Research Group

Key Facts:

Duncan Garrow teaches later European prehistory (with a particular focus on Britain) and archaeological theory. His research interests include the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition; long-term histories of deposition; burial practices; the interpretive potential of radiocarbon dating; the integration of developer-funded and university-based archaeology; archaeological theory; and interdisciplinary approaches to material culture. Duncan worked in the commercial archaeology sector (at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit) from 1996-2002, when he left to undertake his PhD on Neolithic and Early Bronze Age pits in East Anglia. His most recent book (2012), co-authored with Chris Gosden, was entitled 'Technologies of Enchantment? Exploring Celtic Art 400 BC to AD 100'. He is currently co-directing (with Fraser Sturt) an AHRC-funded project entitled 'Stepping stones to the Neolithic? Islands, maritime connectivity and the 'western seaways' of Britain, 5000-3500 BC'; as a result he has recently directed excavations in the Channel Islands, the Outer Hebrides and the Isles of Scilly. For more information see the Stepping Stones project website. He is currently working on a book exploring 'ritual' deposition in British prehistory, from the Palaeolithic through to the Iron Age.

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Dr Duncan Garrow

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 6458

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