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Department of Archaeology



I have come to Cambridge after four years working as a curator in the Anthropology Department of the Horniman Museum, South London. For the past 10 years I have revisited the same place in northwest Pakistan, both in my capacity as a museum curator and previously as an MA anthropology student at SOAS.



My research focuses on the Kalasha of northwest Pakistan, the last followers of a pre-Islamic religion.  Sources covering the past 100 years or so reveal a remarkable flexibility in the practice of Kalasha culture. The Kalasha, it appears achieve the seemingly paradoxical feat of maintaining an identity which is at once oppositional to the communities around them whilst also accommodating those communities. I aim to uncover the mechanisms through which Kalasha actors produce their distinctively adaptive identity and bring this data to bear on existing theories of heritage and identity.


Key publications: 

Crowley, Tom and Mills, Andrew (eds.) 2018 Weapons, Violence and the Anthropology Museum. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Crowley, Tom, 2018 'Horror in the Horniman: living with the Cuenca torture chair'. In Crowley, Tom and Mills, Andrew (eds.),  Weapons, Violence and the Anthropology Museum. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Crowley, T. Forthcoming. 'Bringing Questions of Authenticity and Identity from Northwest Pakistan to Southeast London: Collecting Kalasha dresses for the Horniman Museum'. In The Future of South Asian Collections.

Other publications: 

Crowley, T. 2015. 'Rediscovering the Samson and Bailey collections: lost landscapes and London's Tibetans'. In Journal of Museum Ethnography, 28, pp173-183.


Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Principle Supervisor: Dr Dacia Viejo Rose

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Museum Studies
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

Department of Archaeology
Downing Street


Person keywords: 
enclaved societies
Heritage Studies
Geographical areas: 
Central Asia
South Asia
Periods of interest: 
Other Historical