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Shadreck Chirikure

Prof of Archaeological Science & British Academy Global Professor, University of Oxford

I am an archaeological scientist who applies techniques from the hard sciences to study ancient materials and technologies. I use the results of discoveries in the field and the laboratory to develop new understanding, conserve heritage and to tackle global challenges. As an entrepreneur, I combine all my experience as a researcher and heritage manager to establish startups that open up opportunities for graduates and village and ghetto entrepreneurs.


  • 2022–present
    Chair professor, University of Oxford


  • 2005 
    University College London, Archaeology