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Dr Helen Wickstead

Senior Lecturer


Helen Wickstead is Course Director of the MA Museum and Gallery Studies. Helen has worked as an archaeologist and museum professional in the UK, France, Czech Republic, Turkey and Sudan. She was awarded her doctorate from University College London in 2008. She has written widely on prehistoric archaeology, histories of archaeology, heritage and the relationships between archaeology and contemporary art. She has directed excavations at nationally important archaeological monuments, co-ordinated art residency programmes at Stonehenge, and developed temporary exhibitions on archaeological themes for a range of museums and galleries. Her publications include A Spectacular History of Survey by Flying Machine!, (2012), Concrete Prehistories: Making Modern Monuments (2015), and The Wild Worship of a Lost and Buried Past (2017). She is currently working on a book entitled 'Phallus: A History of Archaeology and Sex' which develops on her Wellcome Trust funded research into prehistoric phalli in national and regional museum collections.

Areas of specialism

  • Museum Studies
  • Heritage
  • Archaeology
  • Material Culture Studies


  • M.A. Archaeology, University College London
  • PhD. Archaeology, University College London

Professional membership

Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research student supervision


Number of items: 26.


Wickstead, Helen (2018) The archive : sex in the secret museum : photographs from the British Museum's Witt Scrapbooks. Photography and Culture, 11(3), pp. 351-366. ISSN (print) 1751-4517

Wickstead, Helen (2017) "Wild worship of a lost and buried past" : enchanted archaeologies and the cult of Kata, 1908–1924. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 27(1)(4), pp. 1-18. ISSN (print) 1062-4740

Wickstead, Helen and Barber, Martyn (2015) Aerial archaeology and the 'lost gardens' of Seething Wells. London Archaeologist, 14(3), pp. 73-78. ISSN (print) 0024-5984

Wickstead, Helen and Barber, Martyn (2015) Concrete prehistories : the making of megalithic modernism. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 2(1), pp. 195-216. ISSN (print) 2051-3429

Carey, Chris J., Wickstead, Helen, Juleff, Gill, Anderson, Jens and Barber, Martyn (2014) Geochemical survey and metalworking : analysis of chemical residues derived from experimental non-ferrous metallurgical processes in a reconstructed roundhouse. Journal of Archaeological Science, 49, pp. 383-397. ISSN (print) 0305-4403

Wickstead, Helen and Barber, Martyn (2012) A Spectacular History of Survey by Flying Machine! Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 22(1), pp. 71-88. ISSN (print) 0959-7743

Barber, Martyn and Wickstead, Helen (2010) 'One Immense Black Spot': Aerial views of London 1784-1918. London Journal, 35(3), pp. 236-254. ISSN (print) 0305-8034

Wickstead, Helen and Barber, Martyn (2010) A newly recorded hilltop enclosure at Myncen Farm, Minchington. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, 131, pp. 103-112. ISSN (print) 0070-7112

Barber, Martyn and Wickstead, Helen (2009) A 'new' enclosure at Minchington, Dorset. Research News : newsletter of the English Heritage Research Department(13), pp. 29-30. ISSN (print) 1750-2446

Wickstead, Helen (2009) The Uber-Archaeologist: Art, GIS and the male gaze revisited. Journal of Social Archaeology, 9(2), pp. 249-271.

Wickstead, Helen, Carey, Chris, Bayer, Olaf and Barber, Martyn (2009) Discoveries to the east of Cranbourne Chase: the Damerham Archaeology Project. PAST(61), pp. 9-12. ISSN (print) 0965-1381

Wickstead, Helen, Carey, Chris, Bayer, Olaf and Barber, Martyn (2009) Remote sensing and geophysical survey near Damerham, Hampshire. CBA Wessex News(Spring), pp. 17-19. ISSN (print) 1475-5130

Fyfe, Ralph, Bruck, Joanna, Johnston, Robert, Lewis, Helen, Roland, T. P. and Wickstead, Helen (2008) Historical context and chronology of Bronze Age land enclosure on Dartmoor, UK. Journal of Archaeological Science, 35(8), pp. 2250-2261. ISSN (print) 0305-4403

Wickstead, Helen (2008) Drawing time. British Archaeology(101), pp. 44-49. ISSN (print) 1357-4442

Bruck, Joanna, Johnston, Robert and Wickstead, Helen (2003) Excavations of Bronze Age field systems on Shovel Down, Dartmoor 2003. PAST(45), ISSN (print) 0965-1381

Wickstead, Helen (1996) In reply to MacDonald, Hung and Crawford, 1995, 'Prehistory as propaganda'. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, 7, pp. 9-12. ISSN (print) 0965-9315


Wickstead, Helen (2008) Theorizing Tenure: Land Division and Identity in Later Prehistoric Dartmoor, South-West Britain. Oxford, U.K. : Archaeopress. 242p. (British Archaeological Reports, British Series, no. BAR 465) ISBN 9781407303116

Book Section

Wickstead, Helen (2019) Cults of the distribution map : geography, utopia and the making of modern archaeology. In: Gillings, Mark , Haciguzeller, Piraye and Lock, Gary, (eds.) Re-mapping archaeology : critical perspectives, alternative mappings. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 37-72. ISBN 9781138577138

Wickstead, Helen (2013) Between the lines: drawing archaeology. In: Graves-Brown, Paul , Harrison, Rodney and Piccini, Angela, (eds.) The Oxford handbook of the archaeology of the contemporary world. Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press. pp. 549-564. (Oxford handbooks in archaeology) ISBN 9780199602001

Wickstead, Helen (2008) Drawing archaeology. In: Duff, Leo and Sawdon, Phil, (eds.) Drawing: the purpose. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect Books. pp. 13-27. ISBN 9781841502014

Wickstead, Helen (2008) Land, landscape and Englishness in the discovery of prehistoric land division. In: Chadwick, Adrian M., (ed.) Recent Approaches to the Archaeology of Land Allotment. Oxford, U.K. : Archaeopress. (BAR International Series, no. BAR S187) ISBN 9781407303550

Wickstead, Helen (2006) Archaeologist. In: Adams, Eileen and Baynes, Ken, (eds.) Professional Practices. London, U.K. : Campaign for Drawing. pp. 12-13. (Power Drawing)

Conference or Workshop Item

Wickstead, Helen (2016) Prehistoric sex objects : the phalli of Windmill Hill. In: TAG 2016; 19-21 Dec 2016, Southampton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Wickstead, Helen (2016) The prehistoric phallus : a history of archaeology and sex. In: Centre for Medical History Seminar Series; 12 May 2016, Exeter, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Wickstead, Helen [Contributor] (2011) Manual Setting. Manual Setting. , 28th Jan to 11th Feb 2011 , Danielle Arnaud Gallery.


Wickstead, Helen and Barber, Martyn (2010) Archaeology on your farm: gaining from history. (Manual) Kingston upon Thames : Damerham Archaeology Project. 6 p.

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