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Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark is Senior Curator of Prehistory (Neolithic).

Hugo Anderson-Whymark

Hugo Anderson-Whymark joined the Scottish History and Archaeology Department in spring 2018 as Curator Prehistory (Neolithic). He holds responsibility for the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic collections.

Hugo gained a BSc (hons) in Archaeology from the University of Leicester in 1997 and a PhD from the University of Reading in 2007 for a thesis entitled ‘The residue of ritualised action: Neolithic deposition practices in the Middle Thames Valley’. Hugo has worked as a freelance stone tool specialist for numerous commercial companies across Britain and as a Post-Doctoral Researcher on various projects. The latter include the Kilmartin Glen Rock Art Project directed by Dr Andy Jones (University of Southampton), Stepping Stones to the Neolithic directed by Dr Duncan Garrow (University of Reading) and Dr Fraser Sturt (University of Southampton) and Working Stone, Building Communities: Technology and Identity in Prehistoric Orkney directed by Prof Mark Edmonds (University of York). The latter produced a substantial web resource ( on Orcadian Mesolithic to Bronze Age stone tools and the history of collecting. Hugo has also been a Lecturer in Archaeology at the Archaeology Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands, Kirkwall and at Bournemouth University.

He also has a strong background in field archaeology and has worked on numerous commercial and research projects, including the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney and the Stonehenge Riverside Project, Wiltshire.

Hugo’s archaeological research interests span the Upper Palaeolithic to Bronze Age in Britain and beyond. Key research interests include:

  • Upper Palaeolithic to Neolithic material culture, especially lithics
  • The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition
  • Mobility and temporality of settlement in prehistory
  • Deposition practices and structured deposition
  • Rock art and associated artefact assemblages
  • The post-medieval gun flint industry in Britain

Hugo also holds research interests in the application of digital technologies, particularly applications of photogrammetry for the recording, analysis and dissemination of archaeological sites, monuments and artefacts.


Ten selected publications

  1. Anderson-Whymark, H., Clarke, A., Edmonds, M. and Thomas, A. 2017 Process, form and time, maceheads in an Orcadian context in Shaffrey, R. (ed) Written in Stone: Function, form, and provenancing of a range of Prehistoric Stone Objects. Southampton: The Highfield Press.
  2. Anderson-Whymark, H. and Pope, M. 2016 Late Quaternary (Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Later Prehistoric) Human Activity in the Darrent Valley at Lullingstone Country Park, Eynsford, Kent. Portslade: Spoilheap Publications, Occasional Paper 5.
  3. Anderson-Whymark, H., Garrow, D. and Sturt, F. 2015 Microliths and maritime mobility: a continental European-style Late Mesolithic flint assemblage from the Isles of Scilly. Antiquity 89, 954-971.
  4. Field, D., Anderson-Whymark, H., Linford, H., Barber, M., Bowden, M., Linford, P., Topping, P., Abbott, M., Bryan, P., Cunliffe, D., Hardie, C., Martin, L., Payne, A., Pearson, T., Small, F., Smith, N., Soutar, S. and Winton, H. 2015. Analytical Surveys of Stonehenge and its Environs, 2009–2013: Part 2 – the Stones. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 81, 125-148.
  5. Anderson-Whymark, H., Garrow, D. and Sturt, F. (eds) 2014. Continental Connections: Exploring Cross-Channel Relationships from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Iron Age. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  6. Anderson-Whymark, H. and Thomas, J. (eds) 2012. Beyond the Mundane: Regional Perspectives on Neolithic Pit Deposition. Neolithic Studies Society Seminar Series 12, Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  7. Anderson-Whymark, H., Garrow, D. and Sturt, F. (eds) 2014. Continental Connections: Exploring Cross-Channel Relationships from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Iron Age. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  8. Bradley, R., Watson, A. and Anderson-Whymark, H. 2012. Excavations at four prehistoric rock carvings on the Ben Lawers Estate, 2007 -2010. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 142, 9-26.
  9. Jones, A. M., Freeman, D., O’Conner, B., Lamdin-Whymark*, H., Tipping, R. and Watson, A. 2011. An Animate Landscape: Rock Art and the Prehistory of Kilmartin, Argyle, Scotland, Oxford: Windgather Press.
  10. Lamdin-Whymark*, H. 2008. The Residue of Ritualised Action: Neolithic Deposition Practices in the Middle Thames Valley. Oxford: Archaeopress, British Archaeological Reports, British Series 466.

Note: prior to 2011 Hugo Anderson-Whymark was known as Hugo Lamdin-Whymark.

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