Ruth D. Whitehouse


  • Mark Pearce Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham
  • Sue Hamilton Institute of Archaeology, University College London
  • Keri Brown Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, University of Manchester



Ruth Whitehouse, Ruth D. Whitehouse


Introducing Ruth It is traditional for honorary volumes to offer a summary of the career and the academic works of the person celebrated on the occasion of their retirement. This article is self-evidently placed in the current issue of the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology with that function, but it concerns a person who, although retiring as Professor in Mediterranean Studies, is clearly not at the end of her academic career: she has research projects currently in progress, with writing-up and publication timetables in place, and new roles from autumn 2007 as editor of the University College London Institute of Archaeology’s flagship publication Archaeology International and chair of the UCL Institute of Archaeology’s Publications Committee. At the same time she has concurrent plans to devote more time to working on the publishing side of the Accordia Research Institute, which she directs with John Wilkins. Ruth Whitehouse would not particularly warm to a valedictory resumé of her academic career to date, and so we offer the following in the spirit of characterizing the career of a successful female academic who is the first and only female professor of the UCL Institute of Archaeology, who has worked within and significantly contributed to the successive strands of archaeological theory and practice that have come to the fore through her academic career, and who remarkably achieved this while remaining a fully rounded person who has enabled the academic development of many, and who has also maintained a total commitment to her thriving family throughout. We would also add that it is impossible not to like Ruth, although she certainly is not a ‘soft touch’—being very much prepared to stand sturdily by her human, political and academic convictions.

Author Biographies

  • Mark Pearce, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham
    Mark Pearce is Associate Professor in Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. His research centres on the Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Ages in northern Italy and he is particularly interested in early mining and metallurgy and mountain landscapes.
  • Sue Hamilton, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
    Sue Hamilton is Reader in Later European Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Her research covers British and European Bronze and Iron Age societies and ceramics, landscape archaeology— particularly from sensory and social perspectives, and issues of archaeological field practice and its published formats. She has conducted field projects in Britain, France, Italy and currently on Easter Island.
  • Keri Brown, Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, University of Manchester
    Keri Brown started as an archaeologist, studying the RAF World War II air photos of the Tavoliere, followed by research at the British School at Rome and the Aerofototeca, Luigi Pigorini Museum, Rome. She then took a step sideways into ancient DNA research and taught the MSc in Biomolecular Archaeology for ten years at UMIST/University of Manchester and Sheffield University. She has participated in the Tavoliere-Gargano Prehistory Project as Deputy Director for the last five years.






How to Cite

Pearce, M., Hamilton, S., & Brown, K. (2008). Ruth D. Whitehouse. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 21(1), 5-17.