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Meet the Trustees

Professor Chris Gosden FBA

Chris Gosden undertook his doctorate on the Iron Age of Central Europe, before moving to Australia. He held a postdoc at the Australian National University and then took his first lecturing job at La Trobe University, Melbourne. 

Since 1994, he's been in Oxford, first as a curator-lecturer at the Pitt Rivers Museum and then as Professor of European Archaeology. Gosden has carried out archaeological fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Turkmenistan and Britain, among other places. He's currently setting up a fieldwork project in Siberia. While at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, he worked on the history of collections and their relevance to post-colonial relations and identity, including two large projects - Relational Museum Project and a follow-up project on the English collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum called The Other Within

More recently he's run research projects on the history of the English landscape from the Bronze Age to the Domesday Book in the early middle ages and on Celtic art both in Britain and in Europe including Eurasian links. He's recently finished writing a book on the long-term history of magic.

Gosden is a trustee of the Art Fund and a fellow of a number of learned societies, including the British Academy.