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Department of Archaeology



I have graduated in Communications major and Art Theory minor (BA and MA), as well as, Medieval Archaeology major and Archaeological Science minor (BA) from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.  I finished MA in General History at the Charles University in Prague and M2 in Territory, Space and Society at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. During my MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums at the Univesity of Cambridge, I was working on the topic of the uses of medieval excavation sites in Hungarian nation-building.  At present, I am an ESRC DTP PhD Student in Heritage Studies. My doctoral research focuses on the impact which the national WW1 commemorations had on the urban landscape of capital cities, London, Paris and Budapest.

  • The Friends of The National Archives Research Fellow in Advanced Digital Methods 2020-21
  • Cambridge Digital Humanities Methods Fellow 2020-21
  • CamPo Exchange Scholar Science Po Paris 2018
  • ESRC DTP Scholar 2017-2020


Research interests:

  • Heritage and memory of conflict
  • Nationalism Studies
  • Digital Humanities and Quantitative Social Sciences
  • Medieval archaeology of the Carpathian Basin
  • Archaeological Theory

Research Assistant:
Recording Decisions and Actions connected with Claims for the Removal/Protection of Statues in UK Civic Places during the Summer of 2020 




  • Heritage, memory, identity
  • Urbanism
  • Nationalism Studies
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Methodology of social research



Key publications: 


Kocsis, A (2020). Hungarian nation-building and the use of medieval archaeology: Interpreting the Székesfehérvár excavations in the nineteenth century. In: Forging Architectural Tradition. National Narratives, Monument Preservation and Architectural Work in the Nineteenth Century. Eds: Aleksander Łupienko and Dragan Damjanović. Berghahn Books: New York - Oxford. Expected: Autumn 2020.

Kocsis, A (2020). Between Finland and Asia. The changing medievalist models in the Hungarian nation-building during the interwar period. In: Alternative fact and actual fiction in the Northern European past. Brepols North Atlantic World Series Ed: Oisin Plumb. Brepols Publishers: Tornhout. Expected: Autumn 2020

Kocsis, A. 2015 Constructing a National Symbol? Sword of God. In: Identity, Nation, City: Perspectives from the TEMA network. Eds: Imre Tarafás – Jaroslav Ira – Jan de Jong. Budapest, 2015. pp. 117-136.


Other publications: 

Kocsis, A. 2016 The Problems of the Romanesque Period of the St. Emericus Church of Egyházasdengeleg. In: The congress volume of the 6th Congress of the Young Medieval Archaeologists. Eds: Szőllősy Csilla – Pokrovenszki Krisztián. zékesfehérvár, pp. 223-239.  (Hungarian) 

Kocsis, A. 2015 The Problems of the St. Emericus Church. In: From West to East. Current Approaches to Medieval Archaeology. Ed: Scott D. Stull. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 138-146.

Book reviews:

Kocsis, A. (2019). 'Archaeology of Identity and Dissonance: Contexts for a Brave New World', edited by Diane F. George and Bernice Kurchin. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 34(2): 131-136.

Kocsis, A. (2019). The Catch 22 of Heritage Studies. Review on Pablo Alonso Gonzalez: The Heritage Machine: Fetishism and Domination in Maragateria, Spain (Anthropology, Culture and Society). Pluto Press, 2018. Cambridge Heritage Research Centre Bulletin 15/01/2019, 2019, p. 8.


Teaching and Supervisions



  • A10 Archaeological Theory I,
  • A12 Archaeological Theory II
  • A4 Being Human: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

External lecturer:

  • The Heritagisation of Space in the Present and the Past with Dr Lila Janik, as a part of G24 Special Topics in Heritage Studies.

Teaching Assistant:

  • G23: The Management of Archaeological Heritage
  • A13: The Past in the Present
Research supervision: 

Supervised by:

Dr Lila Janik


Other Professional Activities

  • The Friends of The National Archives Research Fellow in Advanced Digital Methods 2020-21
  • Cambridge Digital Humanities Methods Fellow 2020-21
  • Research Centre Assistant at the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre 2017-2020
  • Editor of the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre Bulletin 2017-2020

Job Titles

PhD student in Archaeology (Heritage Studies)
Research Centre Assistant (Cambridge Heritage Research Centre)

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Built Environment
Archaeological Theory
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

Heritage Laboratory
Floor 4, West Building
Department of Archaeology


Heritage Studies
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: