Sue Hamilton (archaeologist)

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Sue Hamilton is a British archaeologist who is a Professor of Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.[1] A specialist in Later European Prehistory, she has published various papers and academic books on the subject based upon her own research.

A director of the Bodmin Moor Landscape Project from 1995 to 2000, she focused on studying the Neolithic and Bronze Age aspects of the moor's landscape. Working alongside Christopher Tilley and Barbara Bender, they later produced a book documenting their work, Stone Worlds: Narrative and Reflexive in Landscape Archaeology (2006).[2]

From 2006 onwards, Hamilton has co-directed the Rapa Nui Landscapes (Easter Island) of Construction Project, in which she looks at the Easter Island statues. In doing so, both herself and Professor Colin Richards of the University of Manchester became "the first British archaeologists to work on the island since 1914."[3]

Sue Hamilton became the first female Director of the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 1 September 2014.[4]


  1. ^ "Sue Hamilton". UCL Institute of Archaeology. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  2. ^ Hamilton, Tilley and Bender 2006.
  3. ^ "Giant statues give up hat secret". BBC News Online. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sue Hamilton becomes Director of the Institute of Archaeology". UCL Institute of Archaeology. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  • Hamilton, Sue; Manley, John (2001). "Hillforts, Monumentality and Place: A chronological and topographic review of first millennium BC hillforts of south-east England". European Journal of Archaeology 4 (1), pp. 07-42'. 
  • Hamilton, Sue; Whitehouse, Ruth and Wright, Katherine I. (Eds) (2006). Archaeology and Women: Ancient and Modern Issues. London: UCL Press. ISBN 978-1-84472-121-4. 
  • Hamilton, Sue; Tilley, Christopher and Bender, Barbara (2006). Stone Worlds: Narrative and Reflexive in Landscape Archaeology. London: UCL Press. ISBN 978-1-84472-118-4.