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Ian Hodder

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Ian Hodder

Dunlevie Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
Ph.D. Cambridge, 1974
Research Interests: 
Archaeological theory, the archaeology and cultural heritage of Europe and the Middle East, excavations in Turkey, material culture.


Ian Hodder joined the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology in September of 1999. Among his publications are: Symbols in Action (Cambridge 1982), Reading the Past (Cambridge 1986), The Domestication of Europe (Oxford 1990), The Archaeological Process (Oxford 1999). Catalhoyuk: The Leopard's Tale (Thames and Hudson 2006), and Entangled. An archaeology of the relationhips between humans and things (Wiley and Blackwell, 2012). Professor Hodder has been conducting the excavation of the 9,000 year-old Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk in central Turkey since 1993. The 25-year project has three aims - to place the art from the site in its full environmental, economic and social context, to conserve the paintings, plasters and mud walls, and to present the site to the public. The project is also associated with attempts to develop reflexive methods in archaeology. Dr. Hodder is currently the Dunlevie Family Professor.

Selected Articles

Edited Volumes

2002 The body. Co-edited with S. Sweeney. Cambridge University Press.

2001 Archaeological theory today. Cambridge: Polity Press.

1996 Contemporary archaeology in theory. Co-edited with R. Preucel. London: Blackwell.


Scholarly Articles

2003c Sustainable time travel: Toward a global politics of the past. The politics of archaeology and identity in the global context. Archaeological Institute of America Colloquia and Conference Papers (pp 139-147).

2003b Archaeological reflexivity and the “local” voice. Anthropological Quarterly, 76.1: 55-69.

2003a Archaeology as a discontinuous domain. In Todd L. Van Pool and Christine, S. VanPool (Eds.), Essential tensions in archaeological method and theory (pp. 5-8) Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.