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Christopher Evans

Christopher Evans

Executive Director, Cambridge Archaeological Unit

34B Storey's Way
Cambridge CB3 0DT
Office Phone: 01223 327802


Co-founding the Unit in 1990, Evans has worked in British Archaeology at a senior level for more than twenty-five years. He has published widely, including the Haddenham Project volumes (with Ian Hodder) and Power and Island Communities: Excavations at the Wardy Hill Ringwork, Coveney, Ely. He has, in addition, directed a number of overseas fieldwork projects (Nepal, China & Cape Verde), and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists.

Subject groups/Research projects

Human Landscapes:

Key Publications


Evans C., Brudenell M., Patten R. and Regan R. (2013). Process and History: Prehistoric Communities at Colne Fen, Earith Bronze Age Fieldsystems, Ring-Ditch Cemeteries and Iron Age Settlement. (The Archaeology of the Lower Ouse Valley, Volume I.) Cambridge: Cambridge Archaeological Unit.


Evans C.(2009). Small agencies and great consequences: Darwin's archaeology. Antiquity, 83(320), 475-488.


Evans C., Beadsmoore E., Brudenell M. and Lucas G. (2009). Fengate Revisited. Cambridge Archeological Unit.


Evans C., Tamu Y.K., Pettigrew J. and Turin M. (2009). Grounding Knowledge/Walking Land - Archaeological and Ethno-Historical Researchers in Central Nepal. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Other Publications



Evans C., Appleby G., Lucy S. and Regan R. (2013). Process and History: Romano-British Communities at Colne Fen, Earith An Inland Port and Supply Farm. The Archaeology of the Lower Ouse Valley, Volume II. (Cambridge Archaeological Unit Landscape Archives Series.) Cambridge: Cambridge Archaaeological Unit.


Evans C., MacKay D. and Webley L. (2008). Borderlands - The Archaeology of the Addenbrooke’s Environs, South Cambridge.. Cambridge Archeological Unit.


Evans C. and Hodder I. (2006). A Woodland Archaeology. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.


Evans C. and Bayliss A. (2003). Power and Island Communities. East Anglian Archaeology.


Edited books


T. Murray and C. Evans (eds.), (2008). Histories of Archaeology. Oxford University Press, USA.


Articles & Chapters


Evans C.(2015). Disappearance Beyond Recall: A Social Context for Bronze Age Aurochs Extinction in Britain?. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 81, 107-123. DOI: 10.1017/ppr.2015.6.


Evans C.(2015). Wearing environment and making islands: Britain's Bronze Age inland north sea. ANTIQUITY, 89(347), 1110-1124. DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.99.


Evans C.J. and Sorensen M.L. (2015). First church of the Tropics. Where slave-traders came to pray. Current World Archaeology


Evans C.J.(2014). Soldiering Archaeology: Pitt Rivers and ‘Militarism’. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 24, 4. DOI: 10.5334/bha.244.


Evans C., Tabor J. and Vander Linden M. (2014). Making time work: Sampling floodplain artefact frequencies and populations. Antiquity, 88(339), 241-258.


Evans C.(2012). Small devices, memory and model architectures: Carrying knowledge. JOURNAL OF MATERIAL CULTURE, 17(4), 369-387. DOI: 10.1177/1359183512459629.


Diemberger H., Hastrup K., Schaffer S., Kennel C.F., Sneath D., Bravo M., Graf H., Hobbs J., Davis J., Nodari M.L., Vassena G., Irvine R., Evans C., Strathern M., Hulme M., Kaser G. and Bodenhorn B. (2012). Communicating climate knowledge: Proxies, processes, politics. Current Anthropology, 53(2), 226-244. DOI: 10.1086/665033.


Evans C., Sorensen M.L.S. and Richter K. (2012). Excavation of one of the earliest Christian churches in the tropics: Na. Sa. da Conceicao, Cidade Velha, Cape Verde. T. Green (ed.), Brokers of Change: Atlantic Commerce and Cultures in Pre-Colonial Guinea of Cape Verde. London: Oxford University Press/British Academy. 173-192. DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265208.001.0001.


Evans C.(2011). Writing into land - Haddenham and the Lower Ouse environs. J. Schofield (ed.), Great Excavations. Oxbow Books Ltd. 148-166.


Evans C. and Newman R. (2011). An 'Imperial Philosophical Machine': The archaeology of the Cambridge Observatory and early modern science. ANTIQUITY, 85(330), 1369-1384.


Evans C. and Patten R. (2011). An inland Bronze Age: Excavations at Striplands Farm, west Longstanton. Proceedings of Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 100, 7-46.


Healy F., Bayliss A., Whittle A., Pryor F., French C.A.I., Allen M.J., Evans C., Edmonds M., Meadows J. and Hey G. (2011). Eastern England, F. Healy, A. Bayliss and A. Whittle (eds.), Gathering Time: Dating the Early Neolithic Enclosures of Southern Britain and Ireland, Vol.1Oxford: Oxbow. 263-347.


Newman R. and Evans C. (2011). Archaeological investigations at The Old Schools, University of Cambridge. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 100, 185-196.


Sorensen M.L.S. and Evans C. (2011). The challenges and potentials of archaeological heritage in Africa-Cape Verdean reflections. AFR ARCHAEOL REV, 28(1), 39-54. DOI: 10.1007/s10437-011-9094-4.


Sorensen M.L.S., Evans C. and Richter K. (2011). A place of history: Archaeology and heritage at Cidade Velha, Cape Verde. P. Lane and K. MacDonald (eds.), Comparative Dimensions of Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory. London: Oxford University Press/British Academy. 421-442. DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.001.0001.


Evans C.(2010). Review: Archaeological Investigations by M. Carver. British Archaeology


Evans C. and Ten Harkel L. (2010). Roman Cambridge's early settlement and Via Devana: Excavations at Castle street. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 99, 35-60.


Evans C.(2009). 1859 - Marking time. ANTIQUITY, 83(320), 458-461.


Evans C.(2009). Foreword. A. Dickens, S. Lucy and J. Tipper (eds.), The Anglo-Saxon Settlement and Cemetery at Bloodmoor Hill, Carlton Colville, Suffolk. East Anglian Archaeology. xi-xii.


Evans C.(2009). Review: On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin edited by D. Quammen. Antiquity: a Quarterly Review of Archaeology, 83, 228-229.


Evans C.(2009). Special section editor: Celebrating the annus mirabilis (papers by Evans, Gamble, Kruszynski, Murray and Renfrew). Antiquity: a Quarterly Review of Archaeology, 83, 458-461.


Evans C.(2008). Model excavations: ‘Performance’ and the three-dimensional display of knowledge. N. Schlanger (ed.), Archives, Ancestors, Practices. 147-161.


Evans C.(2008). A note on the 1990 Kiln. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 97, 53-76.


Evans C.(2008). Review: Diverse histories and meta-narratives. Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology, 82, 111-113.


Evans C. and Appleby G. (2008). Historiography and fieldwork: Wyman Abbott’s Great Fengate ring-ditch. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, London, 74, 171-192.


Evans C. and Knight M. (2008). Further investigations at Arbury Camp, Cambridge: The Eastern Entrance - A monumental architecture. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 97, 7-30.


Evans C. and Vander Linden M. (2008). The Godwin Ridge, Over, Cambridgeshire: A (wet-) landscape corridor. Notae Preaehistoricae, 28, 1-8.


Evans C.(2006). Engineering the past: Pitt Rivers, Nemo and The Needle. ANTIQUITY, 80(310), 960-969.


Evans C.(2004). Modelling monuments and excavations. S. deChadarevian and N. Hopwood (eds.), Models. Stanford Univ Press.


Evans C. and Humphrey C. (2003). History, timelessness and the monumental: The Oboos of the Mergen environs, Inner Mongolia. CAMB ARCHAEOL J, 13(2), 195-211. DOI: 10.1017/S095977430300012X.


Evans C.(1998). Historicism, chronology and straw men: Situating Hawkes' 'ladder of inference'. ANTIQUITY, 72(276), 398-404.


EVANS C.(1994). Natural wonders and national monuments: A meditation upon the fate of the Tolmen. ANTIQUITY, 68(259), 200-208.


Evans C.(1990). 'Power on silt': Towards an archaeology of the East India Company. Antiquity, 64(244), 643-661.


EVANS C.(1989). Archaeology and modern times: Bersu Woodbury 1938 and 1939. ANTIQUITY, 63(240), 436-450.


EVANS C. and SERJEANTSON D. (1988). The backwater economy of a Fen-edge community in the Iron Age: The Upper Delphs, Haddenham. ANTIQUITY, 62(235), 360-370.