Timothy Taylor (archaeologist)

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Timothy Taylor (born 1960) is a British-based archaeologist specialising in prehistory and archaeological theory. [note 1]



Taylor was born in Norfolk and educated at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

His academic work began studying ornamental metalwork of the Balkans and western Asia. Since, his focus has shifted and he has done extensive work on the archaeology of cannibalism, sexuality and material culture theory. He has also written several popular books on archaeology. In the 1980s and 1990s he frequently presented his work on television. The British Archaeological Award winner for "best popular archaeology on television" 1991 was a "Down to Earth" episode on which he appeared. Taylor is known for his closely reasoned, wide-ranging, and provocative ideas, and for his ability to connect with a general audience of readers and viewers.

Taylor is currently Jan Eisner Professor of Archaeology, Comenius University in Bratislava. [1] Until 2020 he was Professor of the Prehistory of Humanity at the University of Vienna (Austria) [2] and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of World Prehistory. [3] Until 2012, he was a senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Bradford (UK).



  1. Not to be confused with Tim Taylor, the producer behind the TV series Time Team.

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  2. "Univ.-Prof. Dr. Timothy Taylor, MA PhD". Universität Wien (in German). Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  3. Journal of World Prehistory (official website)