Chris Gosden

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Chris Gosden

Born (1955-09-06) 6 September 1955 (age 66)
NationalityBritish-Australian
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom and Australia
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Sheffield
Academic work
DisciplineArchaeologist
Sub-discipline
Institutions

Christopher Hugh Gosden FBA FAHA (born 6 September 1955) is a British-Australian archaeologist specialising in the archaeology of identity, particularly English identity. He is Professor of European Archaeology and Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Oxford.[1] He is also a trustee of the British Museum.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Gosden was born on 6 September 1955.[3] His biological mother was Jean Weddell (1928–2013), a physician, academic, and bell-ringer.[4] She gave him up for adoption soon after birth,[5] and he was subsequently adopted by Hugh and Margaret Gosden.[6] The family emigrated to Australia, but later returned to the United Kingdom:[5] he holds both Australian and British citizenship.[7] He reconnected with his birth mother in 1987.[8]

Gosden studied archaeology at the University of Sheffield, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1977 and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1983.[3]

Academic career[edit]

From 1984 to 1985, Gosden was a visiting fellow and postdoctoral researcher at the Australian National University.[6][9] He then moved to La Trobe University, where he had been appointed a lecturer in its Department of Archaeology in 1986.[6] He had been promoted to senior lecturer by the time he left Australia in 1993.[6]

In 1994, Gosden joined the University of Oxford as curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum and a university lecturer in archaeology.[9] He was also a fellow of St Cross College, Oxford, from 1994 to 2006:[6] he is now an Emeritus Fellow of the college.[10] He was awarded a title of distinction as Professor of Archaeology in 2004,[11] and served as head of the School of Archaeology between 2004 and 2006.[6] He stepped down as Curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum in 2006, when he was appointed to the Chair of European Archaeology and elected a fellow of Keble College, Oxford.[6][12][13]

In 2005, Gosden was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[14] In 2016, he was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA).[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 1992, Gosden married Jane Kaye.[6] She is a legal scholar and Director of the Centre for Law, Health and Emerging Technologies at the University of Oxford.[16][17] They have two children.[6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Gosden, Chris (2020). The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 978-0374717902.
  • Gosden, Chris (2003). Prehistory: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0192803436.
  • Gosden, Chris (2004). Archaeology and colonialism: cultural contact from 5000 B.C. to the present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521787956.
  • Gosden, Chris; Larson, Frances (2007). Knowing things: exploring the collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum, 1884-1945. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199225897.
  • Garrow, Duncan; Gosden, Chris (2012). Technologies of enchantment? Exploring Celtic art: 400 BC to AD 100. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chris Gosden". School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 23 August 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Trustee: Professor Chris Gosden FBA". The British Museum. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Gosden, Prof. Christopher Hugh, (born 6 Sept. 1955), Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford, since 2006; Fellow, Keble College, Oxford, since 2006". Who's Who 2020. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U45821. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Dr Jean M. Weddell". Ringing World. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b Ames, Jonathan (3 February 2021). "Professor Christopher Gosden wins £1m over lost inheritance". The Times. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Gosden, Prof. Christopher Hugh, (born 6 Sept. 1955), Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford, since 2006; Fellow, Keble College, Oxford, since 2006". Who's Who 2021. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Christopher Hugh GOSDEN - Personal Appointments". company-information.service.gov.uk. Companies House. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Son cut out of mum's will wins £1,000,000 payout". Metro. 2 February 2021. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Trustee: Professor Chris Gosden FBA". The British Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Professor Chris Gosden". St Cross College. University of Oxford. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Recognition of Distinction 2003-2004", Supplement (1) to The Oxford University Gazette, no. 4706 (23 September 2004). Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Professor Chris Gosden". School of Archaeology. University of Oxford. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Professor Christopher Gosden". Keble College. University of Oxford. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Professor Chris Gosden FBA". The British Academy. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Fellows: Chris Gosden". Australian Academy of the Humanities. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Jane Kaye". Faculty of Law. University of Oxford. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Professor Jane Kaye". St Cross College. University of Oxford. Retrieved 28 February 2021.