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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

Publications

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(s)

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.

Article(s)

Book(s)

Book Section(s)

  • Neolithic and Early Bronze Age - Cleal, Rosamund J., Pollard, Josh, Snashall, Nicola, Montague, Rebecca and Ruggles, Clive. In A Research Framework for the Stonehenge, Avebury, and Associated Sites World Heritage Site - Leivers, Matt and Powell, Andrew B. (eds.)
    Published:
    2016
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB, Wessex Archaeology Monograph
    Series:
    Wessex Archaeology Monograph, 38
    Page Range:
    81-98
  • Interpreting the archaeology of the Avebury landscape - Pollard, Josh. In A Research Framework for the Stonehenge, Avebury, and Associated Sites World Heritage Site. - Leivers, Matt and Powell, Andrew B. (eds.)
    Published:
    2016
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB, Wessex Archaeology Monograph
    Series:
    Wessex Archaeology Monograph, 38
    Page Range:
    72-76
  • Post-Medieval (AD 1500–1950) - Pollard, Josh. In A Research Framework for the Stonehenge, Avebury, and Associated Sites World Heritage Site - Leivers, Matt and Powell, Andrew B. (eds.)
    Published:
    2016
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB, Wessex Archaeology Monograph
    Series:
    Wessex Archaeology Monograph, 38
    Page Range:
    119-126
  • Authenticity, artifice and the Druidical temple of Avebury - Gillings, Mark and Pollard, Joshua. In Landscape Biographies: Geographical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Production and Transmission of Landscapes - Kolen, J., Hermans, R. and Renes, H. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, NL
    Series:
    Landscape and Heritage Studies
    Page Range:
    117-142
  • Animals and social relations - Pollard, J. and Marciniak, A.. In The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe - Fowler, C., Harding, J. and Hofmann, D. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    745-759
  • A community of beings: animals and people in the Neolithic of southern Britain - Pollard, Joshua. In Animals in the Neolithic of Britain and Europe - Serjeantson, Dale and Field, David (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers, 7
    Page Range:
    135-148
  • The Sarsen stone - Pollard, J.. In Silbury Hill: The Largest Prehistoric Mound in Europe - Leary, J., Field, D. and Campbell, G. (eds.)
    Published:
    2014
    Published by:
    Swindon, Borough of, GB
    Page Range:
    75-80
  • From Ahu to Avebury: monumentality, the social, and relational ontologies - Pollard, Joshua. In Archaeology After Interpretation: Returning Materials to Archaeological Theory - Alberti, Benjamin, Jones, Andrew M. and Pollard, Joshua (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Walnut Creek, US
    Page Range:
    177-196
  • Surface over substance: the Vestra Fiold horned cairn, Mainland, Setter cairn, Eday, and a reappraisal of late Neolithic funerary architecture - Richards, Colin, Downes, Jane, Ixer, Rob, Hambleton, Ellen, Peterson, Rick and Pollard, Joshua. In Building the Great Stone Circles of the North - Richards, Colin (ed.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    149-183
  • Stonehenge - Parker Pearson, Mike, Marshall, Peter, Pollard, Joshua, Richards, Colin, Thomas, Julian and Welham, Kate. In The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age - Fokkens, Harry and Harding, Anthony (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Page Range:
    159-178
  • Oval enclosure - Harding, Jan and Pollard, Joshua. In Cult, Religion, and Pilgrimage: Archaeological Investigations at the Neolithic and Bronze Age Monument Complex of Thornborough, North Yorkshire - Harding, Jan (ed.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    York, GB
    Series:
    CBA Research Report, 174
    Page Range:
    82-84
  • Later prehistoric and Roman Europe - Pollard, Joshua and Hicks, Dan. In World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization - Hicks, Dan and Stevenson, Alice (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    240-261
  • Living with sacred spaces: the henge monuments of Wessex - Pollard, Joshua. In Enclosing the Neolithic: Recent Studies in Britain and Europe - Gibson, Alex (ed.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    British Archaeological Reports, International Series, 2440
    Page Range:
    93-107
  • The Revenge of the Native: monuments, material culture, burial and other practices in the third quarter of the 3rd millennium BC in Wessex - Cleal, Rosamund and Pollard, Joshua. In Is There a British Chalcolithic? People, Place and Polity in the late 3rd Millennium BC - Allen, Michael J., Gardiner, Julie and Sheridan, Alison (eds.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    Prehistoric Society Research Papers, 4
    Page Range:
    317-332
  • Worked flint - Pollard, J.. In From Machir to Mountains: Archaeological Survey And Excavation in South Uist - Parker Pearson, M. (ed.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    207
  • The Neolithic: 50 years work on nearly two millennia - Pollard, Joshua. In The New Antiquarians: 50 Years of Archaeological Innovation in Wessex - Whimster, Rowan (ed.)
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    Southampton, GB
    Series:
    CBA Research Rports
    Page Range:
    38-49
  • Stonehenge and early Bronze Age cosmology - Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Tilley, C. and Welham, K.. In Der Griff nach den Sternen: Wie Europas Eliten zu Macht und Reichtum kamen - Meller, H. and Bertemes, F. (eds.)
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    Halle, DE
    Page Range:
    397-416
  • Stonehenge: controversies of the bluestones - Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Welham, K., Bevins, R., Ixer, R., Marshall, P. and Chamberlain, A.. In Exploring Time and Matter in Prehistoric Monuments: Absolute Chronology and Rare Rocks in European Megaliths. Proceedings of the 2nd European Megalithic Studies Group Meeting - Garcia Sanjuan, L., Scarre, C. and Wheatley, D.W. (eds.)
    Published:
    2011
    At event:
    2nd European Megalithic Studies Group Meeting
    Published by:
    Seville
    Series:
    Menga: Journal of Andalusian Prehistory, Monograph no. 1.
    Page Range:
    219-250
  • The Neolithic: 50 years work on nearly two millennia - Pollard, J.. In The New Antiquarians: 50 years of archaeological innovation in Wessex - Whimster, Rowan (ed.)
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    York, GB
    Page Range:
    38-49
  • Stonehenge, Avebury and the phenomenon of the megalithic - Pollard, J.. In Archaeological Practice and Heritage in Great Britain: A Heritage Handbook - Schofield, John, Carmen, John and Belford, Paul (eds.)
    Published:
    2011
    Page Range:
    50-52
  • Feeding Stonehenge: feasting in late Neolithic Britain - Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Welham, K., Albarella, U., Chan, B., Marshall, P. and Viner, S.. In Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Feasting Rituals in the Prehistoric Societies of Europe and the Near East - Aranda Jiménez, Gonzal, Montón-Subias , Sandra and Sánchez Romero , Margarita (eds.)
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    73-90
  • Archaeological assemblages and practices of deposition - Joyce, Rosemary and Pollard, Joshua. In The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture - Hicks, Dan and Beaudry, Mary C. (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology
    Page Range:
    291-309
  • The sounds of Stonehenge: some notes on an acoustic archaeology - Pollard, J.. In The Sounds of Stonehenge - Banfield, Stephen (ed.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    British Archaeological Reports, 504
    Page Range:
    1-3
  • The sounds of Stonehenge: some notes on an acoustic archaeology - Pollard, Joshua. In The Sounds of Stonehenge - Banfield, Stephen (ed.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Series:
    CHOMBEC Working Papers, 1
    Page Range:
    1-3
  • Sarsen stories - Pollard, J. and Gillings, M.. In Perspectives in Landscape Archaeology: Papers Presented at Oxford 2003-5 - Lewis, H. and Semple, S. (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    7-11
  • Breaking megaliths - Gillings, M. and Pollard, J.. In Written on Stone: The Cultural Reception of British Prehistoric Monuments - Parker, Joanne (ed.)
    Published:
    2009
    Published by:
    Newcastle upon Tyne, GB
    Page Range:
    36-48
  • The world of the Grey Wethers - Pollard, Joshua and Gillings, Mark. In Materialitas: Working Stone, Carving Identity - O'Connor, Blake, Cooney, Gabriel and Chapman, John (eds.)
    Published:
    2009
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    Prehistoric Society Research Papers
    Page Range:
    29-41
  • Deposition and material agency in the Early Neolithic of southern Britain - Pollard, J.. In Memory Work: Archaeologies of Material Practices - Mills, Barbara J. and Walker, William H. (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    At event:
    The Archaeology of Ritual, Memory and Materiality
    Published by:
    Santa Fe, US
    Series:
    School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series
    Page Range:
    41-59
  • The construction of prehistoric Britain - Pollard, J.. In Prehistoric Britain - Pollard, Joshua (ed.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Malden, US
    Series:
    Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology
    Page Range:
    1-17
  • Neolithic and earlier Bronze Age - Pollard, J. and Healy, F.. In The Archaeology of South West England. South West Archaeological Research Framework: resource assessment and research agenda - Webster, C. (ed.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Taunton, GB
    Page Range:
    75-102
  • Archaeological excavation in the World Heritage Site - Pollard, J.. In Avebury World Heritage Site: Values and Voices - Simmonds, S. (ed.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Devizes, GB
    Page Range:
    10-12
  • Flaked stone - Beadsmore, E., Conneller, C., Edmonds, M. and Pollard, J.. In Past and Present: Excavations at Broom, Bedfordshire 1996-2005 - Cooper, A. and Edmonds, M. (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    219-232
  • A return to Woodhenge: the results and implications of the 2006 excavations - Pollard, Joshua and Robinson, David. In From Stonehenge to the Baltic: Living with Cultural Diversity in the Third Millennium BC - Larsson, Matts and Parker Pearson, Michael (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    British Archaeological Reports International Series, S1692
    Page Range:
    159-168
  • The pottery - Pollard, J.. In The Haddenham Project: Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape - From the Bronze Age to the Present Day v. 2 - Evans, C. and Hodder, I. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Page Range:
    52-54
  • The pottery - Pollard, J.. In The Haddenham Project: Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape - From the Bronze Age to the Present Day v. 2 - Evans, C. and Hodder, I. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Page Range:
    46-48
  • Wooden pin fragments - Pollard, J.. In The Haddenham Project: Woodland Archaeology v. 1: Neolithic Sites at Haddenham - Evans, C. and Hodder, I. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Series:
    McDonald Institute Monographs
    Page Range:
    171-172
  • The pottery - Pollard, J.. In The Haddenham Project: Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape - From the Bronze Age to the Present Day v. 2 - Evans, C. and Hodder, I. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Page Range:
    62-64
  • Prehistoric pottery - Pollard, J. and Johnston, R. . In The Haddenham Project: Woodland Archaeology v.1: Neolithic sites at Haddenham - Evans, C. and Hodder, I. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Series:
    McDonald Institute Monographs
    Page Range:
    61-63
  • Worked bone objects - Pollard, J.. In The Haddenham Project: Woodland Archaeology v. 1: Neolithic Sites at Haddenham - Evans, C. and Hodder, I. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Series:
    McDonald Institute Monographs
    Page Range:
    307-309
  • The Pottery - Pollard, J.. In The Haddenham Project: Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape - From the Bronze Age to the Present Day v. 2 - Evans, C. and Hodder, I. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Page Range:
    35-35
  • Pottery - Pollard, J.. In The Haddenham Project: Woodland Archaeology v. 1: Neolithic Sites at Haddenham - Evans, C. and Hodder, I. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Series:
    McDonald Institute Monographs
    Page Range:
    221-221
  • Memory, monuments and middens in the Neolithic landscape - Pollard, Joshua. In The Avebury Landscape: Aspects of the Field Archaeology of the Marlborough Downs - Brown, Graham, Field, David and McOmish, David (eds.)
    Published:
    2005
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    103-114
  • The Neolithic - Pollard, Josh. In The Tempus History of Wales, 25,000 B.C. – A.D. 2000 - Morgan, Prys (ed.)
    Published:
    2005
    Published by:
    Stroud, GB
    Page Range:
    16-25
  • The Neolithic: the first farming societies - Pollard, J. and Peterson, R.. In Gwent County History: Gwent in prehistory and early history - Aldhouse-Green, M.J. and Howell, R. (eds.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    Cardiff, GB
    Series:
    Gwent County History, 1
    Page Range:
    56-83
  • The destruction of the Avebury Monuments - Pollard, J., Gillings, M. and Peterson, R.. In Monuments and Material Culture. Papers in honour of an Avebury archaeologist: Isobel Smith - Cleal, R. and Pollard, J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Page Range:
    139-163
  • A ‘movement of becoming’: realms of existence in the early Neolithic of southern Britain - Pollard, Joshua. In Stories from the Landscape: Archaeologies of Inhabitation - Chadwick, Adrian (ed.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    British Archaeological Reports International Series, S1238
    Page Range:
    55-69
  • The art of decay and the transformation of substance - Pollard, Joshua. In Substance, Memory, Display: Archaeology and Art - Renfrew, Colin, Gosden, Chris and DeMarrais, Elizabeth (eds.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Page Range:
    47-62
  • Dating Avebury - Pollard, Josh and Cleal, Rosamund. In Monuments and Material Culture. Papers in honour of an Avebury archaeologist: Isobel Smith - Pollard, Josh and Cleal, Rosamund (eds.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    Salisbury, GB
    Page Range:
    120-129
  • The Iron Age: settlement and material culture - Pollard, Josh and Howell, Raymond. In Gwent County History: Gwent in Prehistory and Early Hstory - Howell, Raymond and Aldhouse-Green, Miranda J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    Cardiff, GB
    Series:
    Gwent County History, 1
    Page Range:
    140-159
  • WANHS and archaeological research in Wiltshire, 1853-2003 - Pollard, Joshua. In Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society: The First 150 Years - Thomas, James (ed.)
    Published:
    2003
    Published by:
    Devizes, GB
    Page Range:
    183-205
  • The nature of archaeological deposits and finds assemblages - Pollard, Joshua. In Prehistoric Britain: The Ceramic Basis - Woodward, Ann and Hill, J.D. (eds.)
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group Occasional Publication, 3
    Page Range:
    22-33
  • The dating of the Storey’s Bar Road fields reconsidered. - Evans, C. and Pollard, J.. In The Flag Fen Basin: Archaeology and environment of a Fenland landscape - Pryor, F., Jones, D.M. and Ponsford, M.W. (eds.)
    Published:
    2001
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Page Range:
    25-26
  • Excavation of a Medieval Saltern at Parson Drove, Cambridgeshire - Pollard, J., Hall, D. and Lucas, G.. In A Millennium of Saltmaking: Prehistoric and Romano-British Salt Production in the Fenland - Lane , T. and Morris, E.L. (eds.)
    Published:
    2001
    Published by:
    Heckington, GB
    Series:
    Lincolnshire archaeology and heritage report series
    Page Range:
    426-455
  • The Neolithic - Pollard, Josh. In An Atlas of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire History - Kirby, T. and Oosthuizen, S. (eds.)
    Published:
    2000
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
  • Neolithic occupation practices and social ecologies from Rinyo to Clacton - Pollard, Josh. In Neolithic Orkney in its European Context - Ritchie, Anna (ed.)
    Published:
    2000
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Series:
    McDonald Institute Monographs
  • "These places have their moments": thoughts on settlement practices in the British Neolithic - Pollard, J.. In Making Places in the Prehistoric World: Themes in Settlement Archaeology - Brück, J. and Goodman, M. (eds.)
    Published:
    1999
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Page Range:
    76-93
  • Windmill Hill causewayed enclosure: the harmony of symbols - Whittle, A. and Pollard, J.. In Understanding the Neolithic of North-Western Europe - Edmonds, M. and Richards, C. (eds.)
    Published:
    1998
    Published by:
    Glasgow, GB
    Page Range:
    231-247

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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