Catriona D. Gibson MA PhD MCIFA

Project Manager

Catriona GibsonCatriona has been working for over 25 years as a professional archaeologist, in both the commercial and academic spheres. She worked for a number of archaeological units in Scotland and England prior to embarking on her PhD at Reading. During and after this time she undertook research and commercial-led excavations in Britain, Portugal, Egypt and Jordan. She also co-directed (with Dr Jonathan Last of English Heritage) the excavations at the West Mound of Çatalhöyük in Turkey. Since 2000, Catriona worked as a Project Officer, Senior Project Officer and Project Manager for several English companies, including nearly 10 years at Wessex Archaeology. She ran large sites in the field and wrote several of these up for publication. Some of the principal infrastructure projects comprised the excavations at Heathrow airport in advance of the construction of Terminal 5, and investigations at multi-period landscapes in Springhead, Kent, Boscombe Down, Amesbury, and Old Sarum, Salisbury, all in advance of major housing developments.

More recently Catriona has been part of several ambitious research projects. These were the ‘Ancient Britain in the Atlantic Zone Project’ (ABrAZo) project and she helped secure funding for the AHRC-funded ‘Atlantic Europe in the Metal Ages Project’ (AEMA), both based at the University of Wales. Prior to joining AOC, Catriona just completed work on the AHRC-funded Grave Goods Project, based at the University of Reading. This project explored the changing nature of death and burial in prehistoric Britain, and the diverse roles that grave goods play in funerary rituals.

Catriona’s archaeological interests include investigating practices of memory and forgetting in the past, understanding mobility and connectivity during the Bronze Age, exploring ritual, death and ideology in later prehistory and furthering connections between developer-led and academic archaeology.

Catriona has published widely on various different themes in archaeology and a select bibliography is provided below.

Papers and books in research-led publications

Cooper, A., Garrow, D. Gibson C. and Giles, M. 2019. Covering the dead in later prehistoric Britain. Elusve objects and powerful technologies of funerary performance. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 85, 1–28.

Orton, D., Anvaria, J., Gibson, C. Last, J., Rosenstock, E. and Biehl, P. 2018. A tale of two tells: dating the Çatalhöyük West Mound. Antiquity 92 (363): 620–639.

Gibson, C. Cleary, K. and Gibson, C. 2019. Connectivity in Atlantic Europe during the Bronze Age (2800–800 BC). In B. Cunliffe and J.T. Koch (eds) Exploring Celtic Origins. Oxford: Oxbow pp. 80–117.

Gibson, C., Stoodley, N. and Andrews, P. 2016. Kept in line? An unusual row of graves from Springhead, Kent. In  Soulat, J., Keys, L. and Riddler, I. (eds) The Evidence of Material Culture :Studies in Honour of Professor Vera Evison. Europe Médiévale 10. Autun: Editions Mergiol, pp. 71–86.

Gibson, C. 2016. Closed for business or cultural change? Tracing the re-use and final blocking of megalithic tombs during the Beaker period. In J. Koch, B.W. Cunliffe, K. Cleary and C. Gibson (eds.) Celtic from the West 3: Atlantic Europe in the Metal Ages. Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 83–110.

Chadwick, A.M. and Gibson, C. (eds.) 2013. Memory, Myth and Long-term Landscape Inhabitation. Oxford: Oxbow.

Gibson, C. 2013. Out of time but not out of place. Tempo, rhythm and dynamics of inhabitation in southern England. In A.M. Chadwick and C.D. Gibson (eds.) Memory, Myth and Long-term Landscape Inhabitation. Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 99–123.

Gibson, C. 2013. Beakers into Bronze: tracing connections between Iberia and the British Isles 2800-800 BC. In J. Koch and B.W. Cunliffe (eds.) Rethinking the Bronze Age and the Arrival of Indo-Europeans in Atlantic Europe. Celtic from the West 2. Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 69–96.

Site monographs and papers in regional journals


Gibson, C. and Powell, A. 2017. Late Bronze Age burials and Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and medieval settlement at Queen Street. Bedfordshire Archaeology 27: 35–67.

Gibson, C.  2015 A late Saxon butchery site at Bury Road, Thetford, Norfolk Archaeology 47(2): 264–284.

Leivers, M. and Gibson, C. 2011. A Later Bronze Age settlement and Iron Age cemetery. Excavations at Adanac Park, Nursling, Hampshire 2008. Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society 66: 1–38.

Gibson, C. and Knight, S. 2007. A Middle Iron Age settlement at Weston Down Cottages, Hampshire. Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society 62: 5–36.

Gibson, C. 2007. Iron Age and Pictish activity at Wemyss Caves, East Fife. Fife and Tayside Archaeological Journal 7: 165–182.

Gibson, C. 2004. The Iron Age and Roman site of Viables Two (Jays Close), Basingstoke. Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society 59: 1–30.

Gibson, C. 2004. Lines in the Sand: Middle to Late Bronze Age Settlement at Game Farm, Brandon. East Anglian Archaeology Papers 19. East Anglian Archaeology.

Gibson, C. 2004. A Roman settlement at Eynesbury, Cambridgeshire. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 114: 21–38.

Gibson, C. 2003. An Anglo-Saxon settlement at Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. In D. Griffiths, A. Reynolds and S. Semple (eds.) Boundaries in Early Medieval Britain. Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 12: 137–217.

Gibson, C. 2001. The Late Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement at Stone, Former Nurses’ Home, Buckinghamshire. Records of Buckinghamshire 27: 1–22.