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Duncan Garrow

duncan garrow

Areas of interest

  • British and European later prehistory
  • Ritual deposition
  • Grave goods and material culture of death
  • Celtic art and Iron Age material culture
  • Archaeological theory
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to objects
  • The integration of commercial and university-based archaeology.

Postgraduate supervision

Duncan would be happy to discuss research proposals on any area of the later prehistoric archaeology of Britain and continental Europe, especially the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition, ritual deposition and hoarding, grave goods and burial practice, and material culture more generally.

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Duncan teaches later European prehistory (with a particular focus on Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain) and archaeological theory.

Research projects

Duncan's research interests include long-term histories of deposition, burial practice and material culture, island archaeologies, archaeological theory, and the integration of developer-funded and university-based archaeology.

His current research projects include Islands of Stone: Neolithic crannogs in the Outer Hebrides (with Fraser Sturt and Angela Gannon), 'Boundary Objects' (with Anwen Cooper and Melanie Giles) and 'Icons in Context: Rethinking Symbols of Power at the Time of Stonehenge' (with Neil Wilkin).


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 books include Technologies of Enchantment? Exploring Celtic Art 400 BC to AD 100 (2012, co-authored with Chris Gosden) and Neolithic Stepping Stones: excavation and survey within the western seaways of Britain, 2008-2014 (2017, co-authored with Fraser Sturt).