Areas of interest
- The later prehistory of Iberia and the West Mediterranean
- The development of inequalities and classes in human societies
- Marxism and archaeology
- Archaeological theory and practice.
I have now retired from all undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
BackgroundI have excavated on Mallorca, Menorca, and in south-east Spain, where I collaborated with the Autonomous University of Barcelona on the excavation on the Bronze Age settlement of Gatas in its regional context, coupled with archaeo-ecological survey of the Aguas valley in the Vera Basin. Two monographs have been published on the Gatas project (a third one is in preparation) and one on the Aguas valley survey. Among my published monographs on the later prehistory of the west Mediterranean are: Emerging Complexity: the later prehistory of S.E. Spain, Iberia and the west Mediterranean (CUP) and Archaeologies of complexity (Routledge). Among other monographs and conference proceedings, I co-edited The Archaeology of Death.
I am on the editorial or advisory boards of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of World Prehistory, Trabajos de Prehistoria and Menga. Revista de Prehistoria de Andalucía and have, until recently, been a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College.
I received a grant from the Leverhulme Trust to support the six-month visit of Professor Alison Wylie (University of Washington, Seattle) to the Department in 2010. This was the beginning of a collaborative project on Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology, which we pursued through a series of departmental seminars and then a workshop of archaeologists, philosophers of science and science studies scholars. We have published a co-edited book, Material Evidence: Learning from Archaeological Practice (Routledge, 2015). Alongside this book, we have co-authored a volume, Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology for Bloomsbury's Debates in Archaeology series.
I have also written a short book titled Archaeological Theory: The Basics, published by Routledge.
- MA, PhD – University of Cambridge
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
- Chapman, R. and Wylie, A. , eds. (2015) Material evidence: learning from archaeological practice. Material Evidence. Learning from archaeological practice.. Routledge , New York and London. pp 380. ISBN: 9780415837453
- Chapman, R. and Wylie, A. (2015) Material evidence: learning from archaeological practice. In: Chapman, R. and Wylie, A. , (eds.) Material Evidence. Learning from archaeological practice.. Routledge , New York and London. pp. 1-20. ISBN: 9780415837453
- Chapman, R. (2014) Scales, interaction and movement in later Mediterranean prehistory. In: Souvatzi, S. and Hadji, A. , (eds.) Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory. Routledge Studies in Archaeology Routledge , New York and London. pp. 32-48. ISBN: 9780415837323
- Chapman, R. (2013) The living and dead in Later Prehistoric Iberia. In: Tarlow, S. and Nilsson Stutz, L. , (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial. Oxford University Press , Oxford. pp. 375-390. ISBN: 9780199569069
- Chapman, R. (2013) Death, burial and social representation. In: Tarlow, S. and Nilsson Stutz, L. , (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial. Oxford University Press , Oxford. pp. 47-57. ISBN: 9780199569069
- Chapman, R. (2010) Downsizers, upgraders, cultural constructors and social producers. In: Alt, S. , (eds.) Ancient complexities: new perspectives in pre-Columbian North America. University of Utah Press , Salt Lake City. pp. 205-219. ISBN: 9781607810261
- Chapman, R. (2008) Producing Inequalities: Regional Sequences in Later Prehistoric Southern Spain. Journal of World Prehistory , 21 (3-4). pp. 195-260. ISSN: 0892-7537 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10963-008-9014-y
- Chapman, R. and Black, S. (2006) (on the Vera Basin).
- Chapman, R. (2006) Alternative states. In: Habu, . , Fawcett, . , Matsunaga, . , (eds.) Beyond Nationalist, Colonialist and Imperialist Archaeologies: Evaluating Multiple Narratives.
- Chapman, R. (2006) Middle Woodland/Hopewell. A view from beyond the periphery. In: Charles, . and Buikstra, . , (eds.) Recreating Hopewell. University of Florida Press , Gainesville. pp. 510-528.
- Chapman, R. (2005) Mortuary analysis. A matter of time?. In: Rakita, . , Buikstra, . , Beck, . , Williams, . , (eds.) Interacting with the Dead. Perspectives on Mortuary Archaeology for the New Millennium. University Press of Florida , Gainesville. pp. 25-40.
- Chapman, R. (2005) Food systems, power structures and social differentiation: case studies from the prehistoric Mediterranean. In: Kuijt, . and Prentiss, . , (eds.) Social and Economic Dynamics among New World and Old World Middle-Range Societies: Changing Food Systems and New Power Structures. University of Arizona Press
- Chapman, R. (2005) Changing social relations in the Mediterranean Copper and Bronze Ages. In: Blake, . and Knapp, . , (eds.) The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory. Blackwell , Oxford. pp. 77-101.
- Chapman, R. (2003) Beyond the archaeology of death. Historiae Mortis , 1 pp. 1-12.
- Chapman, R. (2003) Other archaeologies and disciplines: mortuary analysis in the twenty-first century. In: Jeske, . and Charles, . , (eds.) Theory, Method and Practice in Modern Archaeology. Praeger , Westport. pp. 3-13.
- Chapman, R. (2003) Death, society and archaeology: the social dimensions of mortuary practices. Mortality , 8 (3). pp. 308-315. ISSN: 1469-9885 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13576270310001599849
- Chapman, R. (2003) Archaeologies of complexity. Routledge , London.