Short CV/Education and training


  • PhD in Arts, Study of Neolithic and Bronze Age Monuments in Western Scotland. Researching the connection between monument & landscape choices, University of Adelaide

  • Masters Qualifying – History, Classical Studies & Physics, ‘Main Research Essay Classical Tradition – Voltaire’s use of Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things for his Dictionnaire Philosophique, University of Adelaide

  • Bachelor of Arts, 3 majors – Ancient Greek History, Classical Studies, Psychology,

    University of Adelaide

Career outline

  • 2019 – 2021
    Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow, Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio (Incipit) Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Dirección, Spain (CSIC) with Felipe Criado-Boado

  • Since 2014
    Visiting Research Fellow (Level C), University of Adelaide

  • 2013 – 2018
    Lecturer in Archaeology & CHM, Flinders University – contract & casual

  • 2011 – 2019
    Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University

  • 2009 – 2011
    Lecturer in Archaeology – Level B Australian National University

  • 2005 – 2008
    INDUSTRY – Manager Cultural Heritage Management in UK (GGAT) & then Australia in Adelaide 2008 (Consultant Native Title, LocuSAR Pty Ltd).

  • 2003
    PhD Conferred

  • 2002 – 2004
    Lecturer (Faculty) in UK – University of Glasgow (Classical Studies) and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Archaeology)

  • 2002
    Moved to UK from Australia

Selected publications

To be published in 2020

  • Higginbottom G. & Mom, V. "Illuminating Time: the visibility of temporality in prehistory". In Costas Papadopoulos and Holley Moyes The Oxford Handbook of Light in Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Higginbottom G. & Mom, V. "Lochbuie, a Bronze Age focal point of astronomical knowledge". In Łukasz Miszk et al., Check Object Integrity, Tübingen: University of Tübingen Press.


  • Higginbottom, G. 2020 "The World ends here, the World begins here: Bronze Age megalithic monuments in western Scotland”. Journal of World Prehistory. Volume 32: 1; – Article Open Access; Published: 28 May 2020; 1469 Accesses by 26-6-2020.

  • Higginbottom, G. 2020 "Perception creates worlds: meaning and experience in the erection of free-standing stones of Scotland”. In Lisa A. Dunbar, Rebecca Parkes, Christine Gant-Thompson and Damian Tybussek (eds); Yachay Wasi: a collection of papers in honour of I. S. Farrington. Oxford: British International Archaeological Reports, 2962, pp. 115-126.

  • Higginbottom G. & Clay, R. 2016 "Origins of Standing Stone Astronomy in Britain: New quantitative techniques for the study of archaeoastronomy". Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, pp. 249-258. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.05.025. Most popular article with largest global interest (see Media coverage).

  • A Re-creation of Visual Engagement and the Revelation of World Views in Bronze Age Scotland”, Higginbottom and Smith, A.G.K. and Tonner, P. The Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. 22 (2): 584-645. Doi:10.1007/s10816-013-9182-7.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • SHoW – Shared Worlds: revealing prehistoric shared worlds along Europe ́s Atlantic Façade

  • Marie Curie Fellowship

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions | Horizon 2020 – This project has received funding from the [European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme][European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme][Euratom research and training programme 2014 – 2018] under grant agreement No [800236].

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2012 – 2020

  • Founding member &Treasurer; Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, AUSTRALIA (CAA Aus), 2012 – 2019

  • Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA, International) -Ordinary member, 1999 – 2001, 2003 – 2006, 2010, 2013, 2015 – 2019

  • European Association for Archaeologists (EAA) – Ordinary member, 1999 – 2003, 2005 – 2007, 2009 – 2010, 2013, 2015 – 2020

  • World Archaeological Congress (WAC); Ordinary member, 2003 – 2004, 2010 – 2013, 2016 – 2020

  • SEAC – Societe Europeenne Pour L’astronomie Dans La Culture; Ordinary member, 1999, 2007, 2014, 2017 – 2018

  • International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (ISSAC); Ordinary member, 1999, 2007, 2011

Media coverage

  • I have had a variety of media coverage since being a student. However, my joint paper "Origins of Standing Stone Astronomy in Britain: New quantitative techniques for the study of archaeoastronomy", was my most popular article with the largest global interest (over 120 international news stories & interviews). Altmetric score for this paper: Compared to other papers this one has done particularly well and is in the 99th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.

  • Origins of Standing Stone Astronomy in Britain: New quantitative techniques for the study of archaeoastronomy (Score = 359)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Networking, Brainstorming research & project ideas, Can weave together the big picture and the detail to create holistic understandings of concepts or the past


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