Chris Scarre

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Christopher John 'Chris' Scarre, FSA is an academic and writer in the fields of archaeology, pre-history and ancient history. He is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Durham and was head of its archaeology department 2010-2013.

Early life[edit]

Scarre studied at the University of Cambridge. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA), that was later promoted to Master of Arts (MA). He then undertook graduate study of landscape change and archaeological sites in western France, culminating in a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD).[1]

Academic career[edit]

Scarrer was Deputy Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge from its foundation in 1990 to 2005.[2] In January 2006, Scarre was appointed Professor of Prehistory at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Durham.[3] In 2006, he was Professeur Invité at the Collège de France in Paris.[3]

He has directed and co-directed excavations at a number of prehistoric sites. These include sites in France, Portugal, and the Channel Islands.[4] Beginning in 2008, he led excavations exploring the prehistoric monuments of Herm.[5] This project was Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded and a final excavation was under taken in the summer of 2011.[1]

He was editor of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal from 1991 to 2005.[1] He is the current editor of the international academic journal Antiquity,[6] having been appointed in January 2013.[1]

In 2007,[3] he was elected to the post of Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology.[7]

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Geoffrey Scarre, is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham.


On 9 January 1986, Scarre was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[8]

Notable works[edit]

  • The Megalithic Monuments of Britain and Ireland. 2007, London and New York: Thames & Hudson.
  • Les Monuments Mégalithiques de la Grande Bretagne et d'Irlande. 2005, Paris: Errance.
  • The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies. London: Thames & Hudson. 2005.  (2nd edition Thames & Hudson, 2009, ISBN 978-0-500-28781-1)
  • Scarre, Chris, Fagan, Brian M. Ancient Civilizations. 2002, New York: Prentice Hall.
  • Mohen, Jean-Pierre, Scarre, Chris Les Tumulus de Bougon. 2002, Complexe mégalithique du Ve au IIIe millénaire. Paris: Errance.
  • Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The reign by reign record of the rulers of Imperial Rome, 1995 (reprinted 2004)

Editorial activity[edit]

  • Megalithic Quarrying: Sourcing, extracting and manipulating the stones. 2009, Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • Scarre, Chris, Lawson, Graeme, ed. (2006). Archaeoacoustics. McDonald Institute Monographs. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. ISBN 978-1-902937-35-9. 
  • Laporte, Luc, Joussaume, Roger & Scarre, Chris Origin and Development of the Megalithic Monuments of Western Europe. 2006. Bougon: Musée des Tumulus de Bougon.
  • Scarre, Chris., Scarre, Geoffrey, ed. (2006). The ethics of archaeology philosophical perspectives on archaeological practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-84011-8. 
  • Cherry, John, Scarre, Chris & Shennan, Stephen Explaining Social Change: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew. 2004. McDonald Institute Monographs. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
  • Scarre, Chris, ed. (2002). Monuments and Landscape in Atlantic Europe. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-27314-5. 
  • The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World (1999).
  • Editor-in-chief of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal (1990–2005).


  1. ^ a b c d "Prof Chris Scarre, MA PhD FSA". Staff. University of Durham. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Barker, Graeme. "Introduction" (PDF). Annual Report 2005–2006. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. p. 2. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Chris Scarre, Archaeology". Explorers. National Geographic. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chris Scarre". About This Author. Bookish. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rare archaeological finds in Herm". BBC News. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Editor – Chris Scarre". Contact. Antiquity. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Prof Chris Scarre". CBA Trustees. Council for British Archaeology. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "S". List of Fellows. Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 

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