Neil Wilkin

Curator, Bronze Age Collection

Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory 


+44 (0)20 7323 8579

Neil is responsible for the the British and European Bronze Age collection at the British Museum.

His particular interests are in integrating strands of material evidence in order to understand the European Bronze Age at a range of scales. Particular research interests include Bronze Age ceramics; socio-economic links between Bronze Age ceramics and metalwork; ritual and deposition in its regional and landscape setting; funerary practices and the material culture of death; and new approaches to the study and creation of classifications and typo-chronologies.

Prior to joining the British Museum, Neil was involved in the Beakers and Bodies Project (Leverhulme Trust/University of Aberdeen) and completed an AHRC funded PhD on the Food Vessel pottery and burials of Northern England.

Current projects

The Reffley Wood project

The MicroPasts project

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Secretary of the Prehistoric Society

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Member of the Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group

Recent publications

C. Bonacchi, A. Bevan, D. Pett, A. Keinan-Schoonbaert, R. Sparks, J. Wexler & N. Wilkin, 2014 Crowd-sourced Archaeological Research: The MicroPasts Project, Archaeology International, No. 17, 61-68

N. Wilkin, ‘Grave-goods, contexts and interpretation: towards regional narratives of Early Bronze Age Scotland’, Scottish Archaeological Journal, 33.1–2, 2011 [2014], 21–37

N. Curtis and N. Wilkin, 'The Regionality of Beakers and Bodies in the Chalcolithic of North-East Scotland', in M.J. Allen, J. Gardiner & A. Sheridan (eds.), Is there a British Chalcolithic? : People, place and polity in the later 3rd millennium (The Prehistoric Society & Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2012), 237-256

N. Wilkin, ‘Animal Remains from Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Funerary Contexts in Wiltshire, Dorset and Oxfordshire’, The Archaeological Journal, 168 (2011), 64-95