Richard Bradley (archaeologist)

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Richard Bradley
Born 1946
Nationality English
Alma mater University of Oxford
Occupation Archaeologist
Years active 1978–present

Richard Bradley (born 1946) is a British archaeologist specialising in the study of European prehistory, and in particular Prehistoric Britain. He is currently working as a professor of archaeology at the University of Reading. 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.[1]


Bradley was born in Hampshire in 1946; his father was a metallurgist in the British Navy.[1] He attended grammar school, where he became interested in archaeology, but went on to study law at the University of Oxford in the 1960s; he did not involve himself in the counterculture of the time, disliking the music associated with it and the "pretentiousness" of many of those involved who had come from private schools.[1] 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.[1] Without a single qualification in archaeology, aged 25 he was appointed an assistant lecturer at Reading University.[1]



Title Year Co-author(s) Publisher ISBN
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



  1. ^ a b c d e British Archaeology 1996.


  • Denison, Simon; Bradley, Richard (1996). "Interview with Richard Bradley". British Archaeology. Council for British Archaeology. Retrieved February 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)