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Prof Colin Richards - research

Research interests

Research into the wider realm of Neolithic Britain and Ireland has continued through co-directing the Stonehenge Riverside Project (with Mike Parker Pearson, Josh Pollard, Julian Thomas, Chris Tilley and Kate Welham), the Stones of Stonehenge project (with Mike Parker Pearson, Josh Pollard and Kate Welham), and the Great Dolmen project (with Vicki Cummings). Through these research projects he has specialized in themes such as the social and material construction of monuments, materiality and architecture. Over the last 8 years Colin has ventured into Polynesian Archaeology, in particularly the archaeology of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) where he has co-directed the Rapa Nui: landscapes of construction Project (with Sue Hamilton, Jane Downes and Kate Welham) which was awarded an AHRC grant in 2010. In 2015 this research was showcased in the Making monuments on Rapa Nui exhibition in Manchester Museum. Several of these research projects are still ongoing and a number of monographs reporting this research are in prep. Colin welcomes PhD students, specifically in the area of the Orcadian Neolithic, Scottish Neolithic and Polynesian archaeology.