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Dr Joshua Pollard 

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Dr Joshua Pollard is a Reader in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

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.

Research

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Teaching

Contact

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.

Research group

Southampton Ceramics Research Group

Research project(s)

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.

Articles

Books

Book Chapters

    Pollard, J., Garwood, P., Parker Pearson, M., Richards, C., Thomas, J., & Welham, K. (2017). Remembered and imagined belongings: Stonehenge in the age of first metals. In P. Bickle, V. Cummings, D. Hofmann, & J. Pollard (Eds.), The Neolithic of Europe. (pp. 279). Oxford: Oxbow books.
    Pollard, J. (2016). Interpreting the archaeology of the Avebury landscape. In M. Leivers, & A. B. Powell (Eds.), A Research Framework for the Stonehenge, Avebury, and Associated Sites World Heritage Site.. (pp. 72-76). (Wessex Archaeology Monograph; No. 38). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Cleal, R. J., Pollard, J., Snashall, N., Montague, R., & Ruggles, C. (2016). Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. In M. Leivers, & A. B. Powell (Eds.), A Research Framework for the Stonehenge, Avebury, and Associated Sites World Heritage Site. (pp. 81-98). (Wessex Archaeology Monograph; No. 38). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Pollard, J. (2016). Post-Medieval (AD 1500–1950). In M. Leivers, & A. B. Powell (Eds.), A Research Framework for the Stonehenge, Avebury, and Associated Sites World Heritage Site. (pp. 119-126). (Wessex Archaeology Monograph; No. 38). Salisbury, GB: Wessex Archaeology.
    Pollard, J. (2015). A community of beings: animals and people in the Neolithic of southern Britain. In D. Serjeantson, & D. Field (Eds.), Animals in the Neolithic of Britain and Europe. (pp. 135-148). (Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers; No. 7). Oxford, GB: Oxbow books.
    Pollard, J., & Marciniak, A. (2015). Animals and social relations. In C. Fowler, J. Harding, & D. Hofmann (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe. (pp. 745-759). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
    Gillings, M., & Pollard, J. (2015). Authenticity, artifice and the Druidical temple of Avebury. In J. Kolen, R. Hermans, & H. Renes (Eds.), Landscape Biographies: Geographical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Production and Transmission of Landscapes. (pp. 117-142). (Landscape and Heritage Studies). Amsterdam, NL: Amsterdam University Press.
    Pollard, J. (2014). The Sarsen stone. In J. Leary, D. Field, & G. Campbell (Eds.), Silbury Hill: The Largest Prehistoric Mound in Europe. (pp. 75-80). Swindon, Borough of, GB: English Heritage.
    Pollard, J. (2013). From Ahu to Avebury: monumentality, the social, and relational ontologies. In B. Alberti, A. M. Jones, & J. Pollard (Eds.), Archaeology After Interpretation: Returning Materials to Archaeological Theory. (pp. 177-196). Walnut Creek, US: Left Coast Press.
    Pollard, J., & Hicks, D. (2013). Later prehistoric and Roman Europe. In D. Hicks, & A. Stevenson (Eds.), World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization. (pp. 240-261). Oxford, GB: Archaeopress.
    Harding, J., & Pollard, J. (2013). Oval enclosure. In J. Harding (Ed.), Cult, Religion, and Pilgrimage: Archaeological Investigations at the Neolithic and Bronze Age Monument Complex of Thornborough, North Yorkshire. (pp. 82-84). (CBA Research Report; No. 174). York, GB: Council for British Archaeology.
    Parker Pearson, M., Marshall, P., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., & Welham, K. (2013). Stonehenge. In H. Fokkens, & A. Harding (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age. (pp. 159-178). Oxford University Press.
    Richards, C., Downes, J., Ixer, R., Hambleton, E., Peterson, R., & Pollard, J. (2013). Surface over substance: the Vestra Fiold horned cairn, Mainland, Setter cairn, Eday, and a reappraisal of late Neolithic funerary architecture. In C. Richards (Ed.), Building the Great Stone Circles of the North. (pp. 149-183). Oxford, GB: Windgather Press.
    Pollard, J. (2012). Worked flint. In M. Parker Pearson (Ed.), From Machir to Mountains: Archaeological Survey And Excavation in South Uist. (pp. 207). Oxford, GB: Oxbow books.
    Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Welham, K., Albarella, U., ... Viner, S. (2011). Feeding Stonehenge: feasting in late Neolithic Britain. In G. Aranda Jiménez, S. Montón-Subias, & M. Sánchez Romero (Eds.), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Feasting Rituals in the Prehistoric Societies of Europe and the Near East. (pp. 73-90). Oxford, GB: Oxbow books.
    Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Tilley, C., & Welham, K. (2011). Stonehenge and early Bronze Age cosmology. In H. Meller, & F. Bertemes (Eds.), Der Griff nach den Sternen: Wie Europas Eliten zu Macht und Reichtum kamen. (pp. 397-416). Halle, DE: Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt/Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte.
    Pollard, J. (2011). Stonehenge, Avebury and the phenomenon of the megalithic. In J. Schofield, J. Carmen, & P. Belford (Eds.), Archaeological Practice and Heritage in Great Britain: A Heritage Handbook. (pp. 50-52). Springer.
    Pollard, J. (2011). The Neolithic: 50 years work on nearly two millennia. In R. Whimster (Ed.), The New Antiquarians: 50 years of archaeological innovation in Wessex. (pp. 38-49). York, GB: Council for British Archaeology.
    Joyce, R., & Pollard, J. (2010). Archaeological assemblages and practices of deposition. In D. Hicks, & M. C. Beaudry (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture. (pp. 291-309). (Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
    Pollard, J., & Gillings, M. (2010). Sarsen stories. In H. Lewis, & S. Semple (Eds.), Perspectives in Landscape Archaeology: Papers Presented at Oxford 2003-5. (pp. 7-11). Oxford, GB: British Archaeological Reports.
    Pollard, J. (2010). The sounds of Stonehenge: some notes on an acoustic archaeology. In S. Banfield (Ed.), The Sounds of Stonehenge. (pp. 1-3). (British Archaeological Reports; No. 504). Oxford, GB: British Archaeological Reports.
    Gillings, M., & Pollard, J. (2009). Breaking megaliths. In J. Parker (Ed.), Written on Stone: The Cultural Reception of British Prehistoric Monuments. (pp. 36-48). Newcastle upon Tyne, GB: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    Pollard, J. (2008). Archaeological excavation in the World Heritage Site. In S. Simmonds (Ed.), Avebury World Heritage Site: Values and Voices. (pp. 10-12). Devizes, GB: Kennet District Council.
    Pollard, J., & Healy, F. (2008). Neolithic and earlier Bronze Age. In C. Webster (Ed.), The Archaeology of South West England. South West Archaeological Research Framework: resource assessment and research agenda. (pp. 75-102). Taunton, GB: Somerset County Council.
    Pollard, J. (2008). The construction of prehistoric Britain. In J. Pollard (Ed.), Prehistoric Britain. (pp. 1-17). (Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology). Malden, US: Wiley-Blackwell.
    Pollard, J., & Robinson, D. (2007). A return to Woodhenge: the results and implications of the 2006 excavations. In M. Larsson, & M. Parker Pearson (Eds.), From Stonehenge to the Baltic: Living with Cultural Diversity in the Third Millennium BC. (pp. 159-168). (British Archaeological Reports International Series; No. S1692). Oxford, GB: Archaeopress.
    Beadsmore, E., Conneller, C., Edmonds, M., & Pollard, J. (2007). Flaked stone. In A. Cooper, & M. Edmonds (Eds.), Past and Present: Excavations at Broom, Bedfordshire 1996-2005. (pp. 219-232). Oxford, GB: Oxbow books.
    Pollard, J. (2006). Pottery. In C. Evans, & I. Hodder (Eds.), The Haddenham Project: Woodland Archaeology v. 1: Neolithic Sites at Haddenham. (pp. 221-221). (McDonald Institute Monographs). Cambridge, GB: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
    Pollard, J., & Johnston, R. (2006). Prehistoric pottery. In C. Evans, & I. Hodder (Eds.), The Haddenham Project: Woodland Archaeology v.1: Neolithic sites at Haddenham. (pp. 61-63). (McDonald Institute Monographs). Cambridge, GB: McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research.
    Pollard, J. (2006). The pottery. In C. Evans, & I. Hodder (Eds.), The Haddenham Project: Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape - From the Bronze Age to the Present Day v. 2. (pp. 46-48). Cambridge, GB: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
    Pollard, J. (2006). The pottery. In C. Evans, & I. Hodder (Eds.), The Haddenham Project: Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape - From the Bronze Age to the Present Day v. 2. (pp. 52-54). Cambridge, GB: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
    Pollard, J. (2006). The pottery. In C. Evans, & I. Hodder (Eds.), The Haddenham Project: Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape - From the Bronze Age to the Present Day v. 2. (pp. 62-64). Cambridge, GB: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
    Pollard, J. (2006). The Pottery. In C. Evans, & I. Hodder (Eds.), The Haddenham Project: Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape - From the Bronze Age to the Present Day v. 2. (pp. 35-35). Cambridge, GB: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
    Pollard, J. (2006). Wooden pin fragments. In C. Evans, & I. Hodder (Eds.), The Haddenham Project: Woodland Archaeology v. 1: Neolithic Sites at Haddenham. (pp. 171-172). (McDonald Institute Monographs). Cambridge, GB: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
    Pollard, J. (2006). Worked bone objects. In C. Evans, & I. Hodder (Eds.), The Haddenham Project: Woodland Archaeology v. 1: Neolithic Sites at Haddenham. (pp. 307-309). (McDonald Institute Monographs). Cambridge, GB: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
    Pollard, J. (2005). Memory, monuments and middens in the Neolithic landscape. In G. Brown, D. Field, & D. McOmish (Eds.), The Avebury Landscape: Aspects of the Field Archaeology of the Marlborough Downs. (pp. 103-114). Oxford, GB: Oxbow books.
    Pollard, J. (2005). The Neolithic. In P. Morgan (Ed.), The Tempus History of Wales, 25,000 B.C. – A.D. 2000. (pp. 16-25). Stroud, GB: Tempus/The National Library of Wales.
    Pollard, J. (2004). A ‘movement of becoming’: realms of existence in the early Neolithic of southern Britain. In A. Chadwick (Ed.), Stories from the Landscape: Archaeologies of Inhabitation. (pp. 55-69). (British Archaeological Reports International Series; No. S1238). Oxford, GB: Archaeopress.
    Pollard, J., & Cleal, R. (2004). Dating Avebury. In J. Pollard, & R. Cleal (Eds.), Monuments and Material Culture. Papers in honour of an Avebury archaeologist: Isobel Smith. (pp. 120-129). Salisbury, GB: Hobnob Press.
    Pollard, J. (2004). The art of decay and the transformation of substance. In C. Renfrew, C. Gosden, & E. DeMarrais (Eds.), Substance, Memory, Display: Archaeology and Art. (pp. 47-62). Cambridge, GB: McDonald Institute.
    Pollard, J., Gillings, M., & Peterson, R. (2004). The destruction of the Avebury Monuments. In R. Cleal, & J. Pollard (Eds.), Monuments and Material Culture. Papers in honour of an Avebury archaeologist: Isobel Smith. (pp. 139-163). Salisbury, GB: Hobnob Press.
    Pollard, J., & Howell, R. (2004). The Iron Age: settlement and material culture. In R. Howell, & M. J. Aldhouse-Green (Eds.), Gwent County History: Gwent in Prehistory and Early Hstory. (pp. 140-159). (Gwent County History; No. 1). Cardiff, GB: University of Wales Press.
    Pollard, J., & Peterson, R. (2004). The Neolithic: the first farming societies. In M. J. Aldhouse-Green, & R. Howell (Eds.), Gwent County History: Gwent in prehistory and early history. (pp. 56-83). (Gwent County History; No. 1). Cardiff, GB: University of Wales Press.
    Pollard, J. (2003). WANHS and archaeological research in Wiltshire, 1853-2003. In J. Thomas (Ed.), Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society: The First 150 Years. (pp. 183-205). Devizes, GB: Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society.
    Pollard, J. (2002). The nature of archaeological deposits and finds assemblages. In A. Woodward, & J. D. Hill (Eds.), Prehistoric Britain: The Ceramic Basis. (pp. 22-33). (Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group Occasional Publication; No. 3). Oxford, GB: Oxbow books.
    Pollard, J., Hall, D., & Lucas, G. (2001). Excavation of a Medieval Saltern at Parson Drove, Cambridgeshire. In T. Lane, & E. L. Morris (Eds.), A Millennium of Saltmaking: Prehistoric and Romano-British Salt Production in the Fenland. (pp. 426-455). (Lincolnshire archaeology and heritage report series). Heckington, GB: Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire.
    Evans, C., & Pollard, J. (2001). The dating of the Storey’s Bar Road fields reconsidered. In F. Pryor, D. M. Jones, & M. W. Ponsford (Eds.), The Flag Fen Basin: Archaeology and environment of a Fenland landscape. (pp. 25-26). London, GB: English Heritage.
    Pollard, J. (2000). Neolithic occupation practices and social ecologies from Rinyo to Clacton. In A. Ritchie (Ed.), Neolithic Orkney in its European Context. (McDonald Institute Monographs). Cambridge, GB: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
    Pollard, J. (2000). The Neolithic. In T. Kirby, & S. Oosthuizen (Eds.), An Atlas of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire History. Cambridge, GB: Centre for Regional Studies, Anglia Polytechnic University.
    Pollard, J. (1999). "These places have their moments": thoughts on settlement practices in the British Neolithic. In J. Brück, & M. Goodman (Eds.), Making Places in the Prehistoric World: Themes in Settlement Archaeology. (pp. 76-93). London, GB: UCL Press.
    Whittle, A., & Pollard, J. (1998). Windmill Hill causewayed enclosure: the harmony of symbols. In M. Edmonds, & C. Richards (Eds.), Understanding the Neolithic of North-Western Europe. (pp. 231-247). Glasgow, GB: Cruithne Press.

Conferences

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
Email:C.J.Pollard@soton.ac.uk

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