Joshua Pollard

Primary position:
Other positions:
Head of Archaeology


The University of Southampton
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I joined Archaeology at Southampton in early 2011.  I previously held positions at the University of Newcastle (1995-97: as a Sir James Knott Research Fellow), the University of Wales College, Newport (1998; as Lecturer) and the University of Bristol (2003-2011: as Lecturer, later Reader). Following the completion of my PhD (1994) at the University of Wales, Cardiff, I also spent time working as a Project Officer for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit.

I am currently Secretary of the Prehistoric Society and the UK editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology.

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The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


French, Charles, Scaife, Rob, Allen, Michael J., Parker Pearson, Mike, Pollard, Joshua, Richards, Colin, Thomas, Julian and Welham, Kate (2012) Durrington Walls to West Amesbury by way of Stonehenge: a major transformation of the Holocene landscape. The Antiquaries Journal, 92, 1-36. (doi:10.1017/S0003581512000704).
Pollard, J., Allen, M., Cleal, R., Shashall, N., Gunter, J., Roberts, V. and Robinson, D. (2012) East of Avebury: tracing prehistoric activity and environmental change in the environs of Avebury henge (excavations at Rough Leaze 2007). Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 105, 1-20.
Pollard, Joshua, Paterson, Alistair and Welham, Kate (2010) Te Miro o´one: the archaeology of contact on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). World Archaeology, 42, (4), 562-580. (doi:10.1080/00438243.2010.517670).
Gillings, Mark, Pollard, Joshua and Taylor, Jeremy (2010) The miniliths of Exmoor. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 76, 297-318.
Thomas, Julian, Marshall, Peter, Parker Pearson, Mike, Pollard, Joshua, Richards, Colin, Tilley, Chris and Welham, Kate (2009) The date of the Greater Stonehenge Cursus. Antiquity, 83, (319), 40-53.
Parker Pearson, Mike, Chamberlain, Andrew, Jay, Mandy, Marshall, Peter, Pollard, Joshua, Richards, Colin, Thomas, Julian, Tilley, Chris and Welham, Kate (2009) Who was buried at Stonehenge? Antiquity, 83, (319), 23-39.
Gillings, M. and Pollard, J. (2008) New geophysical surveys of the megalithic monuments at Longis House and Tourgis (Druid’s Altar), Alderney. Transactions of La Société Guernesiaise, 26, (3), 392-401.
Parker Pearson, Mike, Pollard, Joshua, Richards, Colin, Thomas, Julian, Tilley, Chris and Welham, Kate (2008) The Stonehenge Riverside Project: exploring the neolithic landscape of Stonehenge. Documenta Praehistorica , 35, 153-166.


Alberti, Benjamin, Jones, Andrew M. and Pollard, Joshua (eds.) (2013) Archaeology after interpretation: returning materials to archaeological theory, Walnut, US, Left Coast Press, 300pp.
Jones, Andrew Meirion, Pollard, Joshua, Gardiner, Julie and Allen, Michael (eds.) (2012) Image, memory & monumentality: archaeological engagements with the material world, Oxford, GB, Oxbow Books / Prehistoric Society, 366pp. (Prehistoric Society Research Papers, 5).
Pollard, Joshua (ed.) (2008) Prehistoric Britain, Oxford, GB, Blackwell, 367pp. (Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology).

Book Section

Gillings, Mark and Pollard, Joshua (2015) Authenticity, artifice and the Druidical temple of Avebury. In, Kolen, J., Hermans, R. and Renes, H. (eds.) Landscape Biographies: Geographical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Production and Transmission of Landscapes. Amsterdam, NL, Amsterdam University Press, 117-142. (Landscape and Heritage Studies).
Pollard, J. and Marciniak, A. (2015) Animals and social relations. In, Fowler, C., Harding, J. and Hofmann, D. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 745-759.
Pollard, Joshua (2013) From Ahu to Avebury: monumentality, the social, and relational ontologies. In, Alberti, Benjamin, Jones, Andrew M. and Pollard, Joshua (eds.) Archaeology After Interpretation: Returning Materials to Archaeological Theory. Walnut Creek, US, Left Coast Press, 177-196.
Parker Pearson, Mike, Marshall, Peter, Pollard, Joshua, Richards, Colin, Thomas, Julian and Welham, Kate (2013) Stonehenge. In, Fokkens, Harry and Harding, Anthony (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age. , Oxford University Press, 159-178.
Harding, Jan and Pollard, Joshua (2013) Oval enclosure. In, Harding, Jan (ed.) Cult, Religion, and Pilgrimage: Archaeological Investigations at the Neolithic and Bronze Age Monument Complex of Thornborough, North Yorkshire. York, GB, Council for British Archaeology, 82-84. (CBA Research Report, 174).
Richards, Colin, Downes, Jane, Ixer, Rob, Hambleton, Ellen, Peterson, Rick and Pollard, Joshua (2013) Surface over substance: the Vestra Fiold horned cairn, Mainland, Setter cairn, Eday, and a reappraisal of late Neolithic funerary architecture. In, Richards, Colin (ed.) Building the Great Stone Circles of the North. Oxford, GB, Windgather Press, 149-183.
Pollard, Joshua and Hicks, Dan (2013) Later prehistoric and Roman Europe. In, Hicks, Dan and Stevenson, Alice (eds.) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization. Oxford, GB, Archaeopress, 240-261.
Pollard, Joshua (2012) Living with sacred spaces: the henge monuments of Wessex. In, Gibson, Alex (ed.) Enclosing the Neolithic: Recent Studies in Britain and Europe. Oxford, GB, Archaeopress, 93-107. (British Archaeological Reports, International Series, 2440).
Cleal, Rosamund and Pollard, Joshua (2012) The Revenge of the Native: monuments, material culture, burial and other practices in the third quarter of the 3rd millennium BC in Wessex. In, Allen, Michael J., Gardiner, Julie and Sheridan, Alison (eds.) Is There a British Chalcolithic? People, Place and Polity in the late 3rd Millennium BC. Oxford, GB, Oxbow Books / Prehistoric Society, 317-332. (Prehistoric Society Research Papers, 4).
Pollard, Joshua (2011) The Neolithic: 50 years work on nearly two millennia. In, Whimster, Rowan (ed.) The New Antiquarians: 50 Years of Archaeological Innovation in Wessex. Southampton, GB, Council for British Archaeology, 38-49. (CBA Research Rports).
Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Tilley, C. and Welham, K. (2011) Stonehenge and early Bronze Age cosmology. In, Meller, H. and Bertemes, F. (eds.) Der Griff nach den Sternen: Wie Europas Eliten zu Macht und Reichtum kamen. Halle, DE, Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt/Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, 397-416.
Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Welham, K., Bevins, R., Ixer, R., Marshall, P. and Chamberlain, A. (2011) Stonehenge: controversies of the bluestones. In, Garcia Sanjuan, L., Scarre, C. and Wheatley, D.W. (eds.) Exploring Time and Matter in Prehistoric Monuments: Absolute Chronology and Rare Rocks in European Megaliths. Proceedings of the 2nd European Megalithic Studies Group Meeting. 2nd European Megalithic Studies Group Meeting Seville, Junta de Andalucia, 219-250. (Menga: Journal of Andalusian Prehistory, Monograph no. 1. ).
Pollard, J. (2011) The Neolithic: 50 years work on nearly two millennia. In, Whimster, Rowan (ed.) The New Antiquarians: 50 years of archaeological innovation in Wessex. York, GB, Council for British Archaeology, 38-49.
Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Welham, K., Albarella, U., Chan, B., Marshall, P. and Viner, S. (2011) Feeding Stonehenge: feasting in late Neolithic Britain. In, Aranda Jiménez, Gonzal, Montón-Subias , Sandra and Sánchez Romero , Margarita (eds.) Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Feasting Rituals in the Prehistoric Societies of Europe and the Near East. Oxford, GB, Oxbow Books, 73-90.
Pollard, J. (2011) Stonehenge, Avebury and the phenomenon of the megalithic. In, Schofield, John, Carmen, John and Belford, Paul (eds.) Archaeological Practice and Heritage in Great Britain: A Heritage Handbook. , Springer, 50-52.
Joyce, Rosemary and Pollard, Joshua (2010) Archaeological assemblages and practices of deposition. In, Hicks, Dan and Beaudry, Mary C. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 291-309. (Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology).
Pollard, J. (2010) The sounds of Stonehenge: some notes on an acoustic archaeology. In, Banfield, Stephen (ed.) The Sounds of Stonehenge. Oxford, GB, British Archaeological Reports, 1-3. (British Archaeological Reports, 504).
Pollard, Joshua (2010) The sounds of Stonehenge: some notes on an acoustic archaeology. In, Banfield, Stephen (ed.) The Sounds of Stonehenge. London, GB, Archaeopress / British Archaeological Reports, 1-3. (CHOMBEC Working Papers, 1 (BAR 504 2009)).
Pollard, J. and Gillings, M. (2010) Sarsen stories. In, Lewis, H. and Semple, S. (eds.) Perspectives in Landscape Archaeology: Papers Presented at Oxford 2003-5. Oxford, GB, British Archaeological Reports, 7-11.
Gillings, M. and Pollard, J. (2009) Breaking megaliths. In, Parker, Joanne (ed.) Written on Stone: The Cultural Reception of British Prehistoric Monuments. Newcastle upon Tyne, GB, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 36-48.
Pollard, Joshua and Gillings, Mark (2009) The world of the Grey Wethers. In, O'Connor, Blake, Cooney, Gabriel and Chapman, John (eds.) Materialitas: Working Stone, Carving Identity. Oxford, GB, Prehistoric Society/Oxbow Books, 29-41. (Prehistoric Society Research Papers).
Pollard, J. (2008) The construction of prehistoric Britain. In, Pollard, Joshua (ed.) Prehistoric Britain. Malden, US, Wiley-Blackwell , 1-17. (Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology).
Pollard, J. (2008) Deposition and material agency in the Early Neolithic of southern Britain. In, Mills, Barbara J. and Walker, William H. (eds.) Memory Work: Archaeologies of Material Practices. The Archaeology of Ritual, Memory and Materiality Santa Fe, US, School for Advanced Research, 41-59. (School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series).
Pollard, J. and Healy, F. (2008) Neolithic and earlier Bronze Age. In, Webster, C. (ed.) The Archaeology of South West England. South West Archaeological Research Framework: resource assessment and research agenda. Taunton, GB, Somerset County Council, 75-102.
Pollard, J. (2008) Archaeological excavation in the World Heritage Site. In, Simmonds, S. (ed.) Avebury World Heritage Site: Values and Voices. Devizes, GB, Kennet District Council, 10-12.


Gillings, Mark, Pollard, Joshua, Wheatley, David and Peterson, Rick (2008) Landscape of the Megaliths: excavation and fieldwork on the Avebury monuments, 1997-2003. Oxford, GB, Oxbow Books, 416pp.


Research Interests

My research has taken in themes related to monumentality, depositional practices and materiality, cultural perceptions of the environment, and approaches to the study of settlement and routine.  These have been articulated through a focus on British later prehistory, and especially the Neolithic.  Over the last 15 years I have been involved - in collaboration with colleagues in the Universities of Leicester, London, Bournemouth and Manchester - in major fieldwork projects investigating the great monument complexes of Avebury (the AHRC-funded Longstones Project, and the newly formed Between the Monuments Project) and Stonehenge (the AHRC-funded Stonehenge Riverside Project and Stones of Stonehenge Project).

I have also researched and published on other topics, including the archaeology of contact on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the links between contemporary art and archaeology.

Primary research group:  Southampton Ceramics Research Group

Research projects

Between the Monuments

Between the Monuments seeks to investigate the character of human settlement in the Avebury landscape during the 4th to mid-2nd millennia BC, and its relationship to changing environmental and social conditions, including the demands of monument building.  The context for this work resides in on-going debates surrounding the character of settlement and routine life during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, the Holocene environmental history of the English chalklands, prehistoric human-environment relations in their broadest sense, and connections between landscape inhabitation, memory and monumentality.

Promoting digital solutions to rock and cave art research

This 18 month project (2014-2015), funded by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, aims to advance rock art research through the application of state-of-the-art imaging technologies.

Stones of Stonehenge

The Stones of Stonehenge Project is a collaboration between researchers from Southampton and UCL (Mike Parker Pearson - Project PI), the National Museum of Wales (Richard Bevins), the Universities of Leicester (Mark Gillings, Rob Ixer), Manchester (Colin Richards), Bournemouth (Kate Welham), and Sheffield (Roger Doonan), and the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (Duncan Schlee).  It aims to explore the various reasons for bringing stones from Wales and from the Avebury area to Stonehenge; and to identify quarry sources and establish the likely routes along which the stones were brought.

Teaching Responsibilities

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students (MPhil and PhD) researching topics related to: British later prehistory (Neolithic to Iron Age), depositional practices and the formation of the archaeological record, landscape archaeology, and approaches to material culture that bridge archaeology and anthropology.


Dr Joshua Pollard
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65A/3039

Telephone: (023) 8059 4198