Peter Chowne
Research Associate



Dr Peter Chowne is an archaeologist with over 40 years experience working in public and non-profit archaeological organisations, museums, universities and as a heritage tourism and museum management consultant.  He has designed and worked on archaeological, heritage management and museum projects in Europe, North Africa and West Asia. Peter is a Research Associate at the University of York and an independent archaeological researcher and heritage management consultant.


Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology (PhD), Nottingham University. Thesis: Aspects of Later Prehistoric Settlement in Lincolnshire: a Study of the Western Fen Margin and Bain Valley (1988)

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bournemouth University (1993)


Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA)

Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA)



Senior Lecturer (part time), Business School, University of Greenwich (2006-15)

Associate Lecturer (part time), University of the Arts London, (2006-09)

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Cultural Policy and Management, City University, London (2006-07)

Principal & Managing Director Europe, LORD Cultural Resources Planning & Management (2002-06)

Director, Genius Loci Cultural Project Consultants (1998-2002)

Head of Archaeology Service, Museum of London (1991-98)

Deputy Director, Trust for Wessex Archaeology (1987-91)

Field Officer, Trust for Lincolnshire Archaeology (1975-87)



Full publications list

Chowne, P. 2015. “Bronze Age Barrow Complexes on the Lincolnshire Fen Margin”, in Vianello, A. (ed.). Rivers in Prehistory, 125-36. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Chowne, P. 2011. “Review Article: The Fenland Survey Project”. Lincolnshire Hist Archaeol, 46, 76-80.

Carvalho, P. and Chowne, P. 2009. “Can a city brand change a country’s image perception? An investigation into the contribution of the São Paulo city promotion to the ‘Brand Brazil’”, in Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Destination Branding and Marketing, 109-120. Macao: Institute For Tourism Studies.

Chowne, P. Kotsakis, K. and Orbaşli, A. 2007. "Management Plans for Prehistoric Sites", in Hodder, I & Doughty, L. (eds.), Mediterranean prehistoric heritage: training, education and management, 9-20. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Chowne, P. Cleal, R. and Fitzpatrick, A. P. with Andrews, P. 2001. Excavations at Billingborough, Lincolnshire, 1975-8: a Bronze-Iron Age Settlement and Salt-working Site. East Anglian Archaeology, 94, Norwich.

Chowne, P. and McCann, B. 2001. “The AGORA Project: Advanced Georadar for the Urban Environment”, in Guermandi, M-P (ed.), Rischio Archeologico: se lo conosci lo eviti, 423-6, Bologna.

Chowne, P. 2001. “The European Heritage Management Profession: employers, employees and future opportunities”, in Quagliuolo, M. (ed.), La Gestione del Patrimonio Culturale, 82-85. Salerno.

Chowne, P. 1999. "The prehistoric pottery and briquetage" in Bell, A., Gurney, D. and Healey, R. Lincolnshire Salterns: Excavations at Helpringham, Holbeach St Johns and Bicker Haven. East Anglian Archaeology, 89, Norwich.

Seager Smith, R. H. and Chowne, P. 1998. "Further Excavations at the Iron Age Enclosure at Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire, by Peter Chowne,1986", Lincs. Hist. Archaeol. 33, 7-19.

Chowne, P. 1998. "The Changing Nature of Archaeology in London", in Nemeth, M (ed.), The Roman Town in a Modern City, 23-28. Budapest.

Chowne, P. 1998. “Archaeology in London: a Review of Current Management and Research Issues”, in Actes Encontros Cem Anos de Arqueologia O Archeólogo Portugueês, 85-92. Vila do Conde.

Chowne, P. 1995. "The Museum of London and the Changing Nature of Archaeology in London". Papers of the II International Symposium on City Museums, Barcelona.

Chowne, P. 1995. "The Museum of London and the Changing Nature of Archaeology in London". Papers of the II International Symposium on City Museums, Barcelona.

Chowne, P. 1994. "The Bain Valley Survey", in Parker-Pearson, M. and Schadla-Hall, R. T. (eds.), Looking at the Land Archaeological Landscapes in Eastern England Recent Work and Future Directions, 27-32. Leicester Museums, Arts and Records Service.

Chowne, P. Healy, F. and Bradley, R. 1993. The Excavation of a Neolithic Settlement at Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire. East Anglian Archaeology, 57, Norwich.

Chowne, P. and Lane, T. 1987. "Excavations of Bronze Age Cremation Cemeteries at Old Somerby and Ropsley and Humby, Lincolnshire", Lincs. Hist. Archaeol. 21,35-40.

Chowne, P. 1987. "The Excavation of Ermine Street at Coleby, Lincolnshire", Lincs. Hist. Archaeol. 21,31-34.

Chowne, P. 1988. “Fulbeck Airfield: Survey and Watching Brief”, Lincolnshire Hist Archaeol, 23, 82-3.

Chowne, P. Girling, M. and Grieg, J. 1986. "Excavations of an Iron Age defended enclosure at Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire", Proc. Prehist. Soc. 52, 159-188.

Chowne, P. and Healy, F. 1983. "Artefacts from a Prehistoric Cemetery and Settlement in Anwick Fen, Lincolnshire", Lincolnshire Hist. Archaeol. 18, 37-46.

Chowne, P. 1981. "A fired clay object from Howell", Lincs. Hist. Archaeol. 16, 79-80.

Chowne, P. 1980. "Bronze Age Settlement in south Lincolnshire", in Barrett, J.C. and Bradley, R.J. (eds), Settlement and Society in the British Later Bronze Age, 295-305. British Archaeological Reports, British Series, 83, Oxford.

Chowne, P. 1980. "A section of the Car Dyke in Horbling Fen", South Lincs. Archaeol. 4, 19-23.

Chowne, P. 1980. "Prehistoric stone implements: a brief guide", South Lincs. Archaeol. 4, 28-30.

Chowne, P. 1979. “Billingborough”. Curr Archaeol, 67, 246-8.

Chowne, P. 1978. “Billingborough Bronze Age Settlement: An Interim Note”. Lincolnshire Hist Archaeol, 13, 15-21.

Chowne, P. and Smith, S. C. 1977. "South Lincolnshire... Prehistory", in Mahney, C.M. (ed), Priorities 1977, 28-30. East Midlands Committee of Field Archaeologists, Leicester.

Chowne, P. 1977. "Two sherds of Neolithic pottery from Osbournby", South Lincs. Archaeol. 1, 16.

Chowne, P. 1977. "Some recent finds of Bronze Age Pottery from South Lincolnshire", South Lincs. Archaeol. 1, 24-5.


Unpublished Archaeology Specialist Reports

Beaker Pottery and Lithics from burials at Abbots Ann, Hampshire for Pre-Construct Archaeological Services Ltd (2015)

A Hoard of Bronze Age Metalwork from Legsby, Lincolnshire for The Portable Antiquities Scheme (2014)


Unpublished Conservation Reports

Chowne, P. 2014. La Cotte de St Brelade, Palaeolithic Site, Conservation Statement. Jersey Heritage.

Chowne, P. 2013. Civil Emergency Centre, WW2 German Telephone Repeater Station and Cold War Command Centre, Conservation Statement. Jersey Heritage.

Chowne, P. 2013. Le Col de la Rocque, Mesolithic Site, Conservation Statement. Jersey Heritage.



My research interests are mainly Neolithic and Bronze Age Lincolnshire, landscape archaeology, Bronze Age ceramics and metalwork, heritage tourism development and management.

Research Evaluation and Funding

Cyprus - Expert Evaluator ‘Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities’ programme, Research Foundation of Cyprus (2009-10)

Co-designer with Dr Aylin Orbaşli, Training, Education, Management and Prehistory in the Mediterranean (TEMPER), EU Euromed Heritage II for University of Cambridge and Oxford Brookes University (€1.2 million) (2002-4)

Expert Evaluator for EU FP5 Cities of Tomorrow programme (2001-2)




Jersey - Review of Historic Environment advice provision and properties in care management for Jersey Heritage (2016)


Jersey - Ice Age Island, options appraisal & feasibility study for Jersey Heritage (2015-16)


Lincolnshire – currently writing a synthesis of Lincolnshire prehistory, the first to be published since Jeffrey May’s Prehistoric Lincolnshire (1976).


Past Projects

Major Archaeological Excavation Projects

Neolithic settlement at Tattershall Thorpe, Lincs. (1981 & 1984)

Iron Age defended enclosure at Tattershall Thorpe, Lincs. (1979 & 1986)

Bronze Age – Iron Age settlement at Billingborough, Lincs. (1975-78)


Major Landscape Survey Projects

Bain Valley Survey, Lincs. (1986-7)

Fenland Survey, prehistoric pottery analyses (1981-88)

Fenland Survey, pilot field survey (1981-2)


Heritage Management & Tourism Planning

Jersey - Ice Age Island, comparables analysis for Jersey Heritage (2013)

Jersey - Database and GIS component of Review of the Historic Environment for the States of Jersey & Jersey Heritage (2010-13)

Ireland - Heritage Led Regeneration Strategy for Mallow Town Centre, Co. Cork for Cork County Council & Mallow Town Council (2008-9)

Sunderland - Feasibility Study for a Maritime Heritage Centre for Sunderland City Council and Tyne & Wear Partnership (2005-6)

London - Research study for English Heritage on the scope for using result of valuation studies in the appraisal and assessment of heritage related projects and programmes, with eftec (2005)

Tunisia - World Bank Projet de Gestion et de Valorisation du Patrimoine Culturel de Tunisie. A study involving the re-conceptualisation and rehabilitation of the World Heritage Sites of Parc de Carthage and the Musee Archeologique de Sousse (2004-5)

Belgium - Expert Evaluator EU FP5 ‘City of Tomorrow’ programme (2000)


Museum Planning & Management Consultancy

Jersey - documentary research for the re-interpretation of Elizabeth Castle for Jersey Heritage (2015)

United Arab Emirates - Museum Concept Development Plan, Saadiyaat Island, Abu Dhabi for the Tourism Development and Investment Company (2006)

Spain - Feasibility Study for the Parque Arqueologico del Mundo Romano en Lugo, a World Heritage Site, for Servicio de Arqueologia de la Direccion General de Patrimonio Cultural de Galicia (2004-5)

Bexhill - Business Plan for Bexhill Museums Renaissance Project Heritage Lottery Fund application (2005)

Medway - Rochester and Upnor Castles development study for Medway Council 2004)


Conservation Management Plans & Condition Surveys

Epping Forest - Condition Survey (WW2 pillboxes) for the City of London Copped Hall Estate with Bramhill Design (2015)

Jersey - La Cotte de St Brelade (Palaeolithic), Conservation Statement for Jersey Heritage (2013-14)

Silverstone Circuit - Conservation Management Plan (archaeological aspects) for the British Racing Drivers Club (2014)

Jersey - Occupation Structures (WW2) management and quality control of recording by Channel Islands Occupation Society and condition survey of bunkers (2009-13)

Jersey - Civil Emergency Centre (WW2 & Cold War bunker), Conservation Statement for Jersey Heritage & States of Jersey (2013)

Jersey - Le Col de la Rocque (Mesolithic), Conservation Statement for Jersey Heritage & National Trust for Jersey (2013)

Lewes - Conservation Management Plan for Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum, for the Sussex Archaeological Society (2007-8)

London - Conservation Plan, Manor House, Finchley (2002)

Hastings - Development, interpretation and conservation plan for Hastings Castle, for Hastings Borough Council (2002-6)

London - Conservation Statement for the Pump House Steam and Transport Museum Trust, Walthamstow (2005)

London - Archaeological and historical research for a conservation plan for Syon Abbey, for Syon Estates Ltd. (1999)



External activities


Honorary Positions

Committee Member, ICOMOS-UK International Committee (2003-06)

Treasurer, European Association of Archaeologists (1995-98)

Council Member, Director and Honorary Meetings Secretary of the Prehistoric Society (1989-92)

Council of Europe Cultural Routes Working Party (1992-95)


Expert Witness Evidence

Archaeology Expert Witness, Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions, Surface Access T5 Public Inquiry M4 & M25 improvements (1997–99).

Archaeology Expert Witness, British Airports Authority plc, Terminal 5 Public Inquiry, Heathrow, London (1997-99).

Invited talks and conferences

The Importance of Context in the Study of Bronze Age Metalwork. Lincolnshire PAS conference 2016. Celebrating Reporting: Metal-detecting, archaeology, and the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Lincolnshire (March 2016)


The organization of later prehistoric settlement in a fluid landscape: farmers & salt-makers on the Lincolnshire fen margin. XVII World UISPP Congress in Burgos (2014)


Assessing the Research Potential of Museum Lithic Collections for the Understanding of Early Prehistoric Landscapes. 18th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Helsinki (2012)


Bronze Age Barrow Complexes in the Lincolnshire Fens & their Setting in the Ancient Landscape. 15th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Riva del Garda (2009)