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Department of Archaeology



David W. Phillipson is an Africanist archaeologist who retired in 2006 from the University of Cambridge where he had been for twenty-five years Director of the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, latterly serving concurrently as Professor of African Archaeology (the first such appointee at any British university). Following graduation at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, for the first fifteen years of his professional career he was employed in Africa, first in Northern Rhodesia / Zambia and then in Kenya. In Britain, he has been President of the British Institute in Eastern Africa and also Treasurer of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. His research interests focus on later African archaeology, with a recent emphasis on Ethiopia.

Job Titles

Senior Fellow McDonald Institure for Archaeological Research

General Info

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


Person keywords: 
Eastern Africa
Period of Interest: "The last 10,000 years"