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Meet the Trustees

Professor Chris Gosden

Chris Gosden undertook his doctorate on the Iron Age of central Europe, before moving to Australia and held a post-doc at the Australian National University before undertaking his first lecturing job at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Gosden has worked in Oxford since 1995, first as a curator-lecturer at the Pitt Rivers Museum and then as Professor of European Archaeology. Gosden has carried out archaeological fieldwork in many places, including Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Turkmenistan and Britain.

He's currently setting up a fieldwork project in Siberia. While at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, Godsen 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 Gosden commandeered 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 writing a book on the long-term history of magic, is a trustee of the Art Fund and a fellow of a number of learned societies, including the British Academy.