Andrew Brown

Dr Andrew Brown

  • aabrown at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Leverhulme Fellow
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I am an archaeologist whose work focuses on the evolution of human culture and society in Polynesia. I am particularly interested in settlement dynamics during the colonisation of New Zealand and the relationship between population, food production and social change. I have a BA (Hons) in Anthropology an MA in Archaeology from the University of Otago, New Zealand and PhD in from the UCL Institute of Archaeology.


I have recently been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship hosted by the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science, Bournemouth University. The aim of the project is to investigate the settlement dynamics during the initial period of colonisation in New Zealand and the process of human niche construction that followed.

Recently I have developed research into the application of Remote Sensing techniques (e.g LiDAR) to New Zealand archaeology. This research has been developed with an industry partner and in association with a BU student.

Journal Articles

  • Brown, A. and Crema, E., 2019. Maori Population Growth in Pre-contact New Zealand: regional population dynamics inferred from summed probability distributions of radiocarbon dates. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.
  • Brown, A. and Thomas, T., 2015. The First New Zealanders? An Alternative Interpretation of Stable Isotope Data from Wairau Bar, New Zealand. PLoS One, 10 (10), e0135214.


  • Brown, A., 2016. Ends of the Earth: Culture Change in Prehistoric New Zealand and East Polynesia. PhD Thesis. Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Themes in Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Study Skills
  • Field and Research Methods (Archaeology Fieldschool)
  • Ancient Peoples and Places
  • Gathering Time


  • Making Land: The Dynamics of Frontier Settlement in East Polynesia (Leverhulme Trust, 01 Mar 2017). Awarded


  • PhD in Archaeology (UCL Institute of Archaeology, 2016)
  • MA in Archaeology (University of Otago, New Zealand, 2010)
  • BA (Hons) in Anthropology (University of Otago, New Zealand, 2007)
  • PcCert (Distinction) in Education (Bournemouth University, 2018)


  • European Archaeology Association, Member (2018-),
  • New Zealand Archaeological Association, Member (2008-),
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