Richard Bradley (archaeologist)
FSA FSA Scot FBA
18 November 1946 |
|Title||Professor of Archaeology|
|Spouse(s)||Katherine Bowden (m. 1976)|
|Education||Portsmouth Grammar School|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
|Institutions||University of Reading|
Richard John Bradley, FSA, FSA Scot, FBA (born 18 November 1946) is a British archaeologist and academic. He specialises in the study of European prehistory, and in particular Prehistoric Britain. From 1987 to 2013, he was Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading; he is now Emeritus Professor. He is also the author of a number of books on the subject of archaeology and prehistory.
British Archaeology magazine commented that Bradley was one of the best respected archaeologists in the field.
Early life and education
Bradley was born on 18 November 1946 in Hampshire, England.  His father was a metallurgist in the British Navy. He was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School, then an all-boys direct grant grammar school in Portsmouth. It was at school where he first became interested in archaeology. He went on to study law at Magdalen College, Oxford, and graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; as per tradition, his BA was later promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Oxon) degree. He did not involve himself in the counterculture of the 1960s, disliking the music associated with it and the "pretentiousness" of many of those involved who had come from private schools.
Not wishing to enter the legal profession, he focused on archaeology, working as an amateur in the field and authoring academic papers, some of which saw publication in national journals. Without a single qualification in archaeology, aged 25 he was appointed an assistant lecturer at Reading University. He was a lecturer in archaeology from 1971 to 1984, Reader in Archaeology from 1984 to 1987, and Professor of Archaeology from 1987 to 2013. He retired from full-time academia in 2013, and was appointed Emeritus Professor.
On 13 January 1977, Bradley was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA). In 1995, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences. In 2007, he was elected an honorary Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (Hon. FSAScot).
|Mesolithic Assemblage from East Sussex||1972||n/a||Phillimore & Co Ltd||978-0850330755|
|The Prehistoric Settlement of Britain||1978||n/a||Routledge (London)||978-0710089939|
|The Social Foundations of Prehistoric Britain||1984||n/a||Longman (Harlow)|
|Passage of Arms: An Archaeological Analysis of Prehistoric Hoards and Votive Deposits||1990||n/a||Cambridge University Press (Cambridge)|
|Interpreting the Axe Trade: Production and Exchange in Neolithic Britain||1993||Mark Edmonds||Cambridge University Press||978-0521434461|
|Altering the Earth: Origins of Monuments in Britain and Continental Europe||1993||n/a||Society of Antiquaries of Scotland||978-0903903080|
|Rock Art and the Prehistory of Atlantic Europe: Signing the Land||1997||n/a||Routledge (London)||978-0415165365|
|The Significance of Monuments: On the Shaping of Human Experience in Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe||1998||n/a||Routledge (London)|
|Passage of Arms: An Archaeological Analysis of Prehistoric Hoards and Votive Deposits (second edition)||1998||n/a||Oxbow Books||978-1900188586|
|An Archaeology of Natural Places||2000||n/a||Routledge (London)|
|The Good Stones: A New Investigation of the Clava Cairns||2000||n/a||Society of Antiquaries of Scotland||978-0903903172|
|The Past in Prehistoric Societies||2002||n/a||Routledge (London)||978-0415276283|
|Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe||2005||n/a||Routledge (Abingdon)|
|The Moon and the Bonfire: An Investigation of Three Stone Circles in NE Scotland||2005||n/a||Society of Antiquaries of Scotland||978-0903903332|
|The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland||2007||n/a||Cambridge University Press (New York)|
|Image and Audience: Rethinking Prehistoric Art||2009||n/a||Oxford University Press (New York)||978-0199533855|
|The Idea of Order: The Circular Archetype in Prehistoric Europe||2012||n/a||Oxford University Press (New York)||978-0199608096|
- Denison, Simon (December 1996). "Man of status, who wants it not". British Archaeology. Council for British Archaeology. Archived from the original on 2 November 2016.
- "BRADLEY, Prof. Richard John". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
- "Professor Richard Bradley". britac.ac.uk. The British Academy. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
- "Fellows - Bradley". sal.org.uk. Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 3 December 2016.