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 head of its archaeology department.
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).
Scarrer was Deputy Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge from its foundation in 1990 to 2005. In January 2006, Scarre was appointed Professor of Prehistory at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Durham. In 2006, he was Professeur Invité at the Collège de France in Paris.
He has directed and co-directed excavations at a number of prehistoric sites. These include sites in France, Portugal, and the Channel Islands. Beginning in 2008, he led excavations exploring the prehistoric monuments of Herm. This project was Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded and a final excavation was under taken in the summer of 2011.
His brother, Geoffrey Scarre, is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham.
- A Magical Window to the Past: A Study of Supernatural Archaeology 2005, Romania: Merlin & J-Flat.
- 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)
- 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).
- "Prof Chris Scarre, MA PhD FSA". Staff. University of Durham. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- Barker, Graeme. "Introduction" (pdf). Annual Report 2005–2006. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. p. 2. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "Chris Scarre, Archaeology". Explorers. National Geographic. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "Chris Scarre". About This Author. Bookish. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "Rare archaeological finds in Herm". BBC News. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "Editor – Chris Scarre". Contact. Antiquity. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "Prof Chris Scarre". CBA Trustees. Council for British Archaeology. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "S". List of Fellows. Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "Archaeologist Chris Scarre finds fascination in discovering the past by examining its material remains.", History Today