Katharine Walker

Katharine Walker

  • kwalker at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
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Katharine is a prehistorian who specialises in the Neolithic of northwest Europe. After graduating with an MA (Distinction) in the European Neolithic from Cardiff University, funded by the AHRC, she completed a PhD at the University of Southampton. This was entitled ‘Axe-heads and Identity: an Investigation into the Roles that Imported Axe-heads Played in Identity Formation in Neolithic Britain. Katharine lectures on Flint in Archaeology for the University of Winchester. She has also taught Comparative World Archaeology, and classes on stone and flint tools for the Ancient Technology unit, at the University of Bristol. She has worked as an Archaeological Site Assistant for Cotswold Archaeology and more recently as a freelance stone and flint tool specialist. Clients include Oxford Archaeology, Cotswold Archaeology, University of Nottingham, the New Forest National Park Authority and East Dorset Antiquarian Society. Katharine’s research has taken her to numerous locations across continental Europe including Scandinavia...



Katharine’s research focuses on the Neolithic of northwest Europe, the era of the first farmers between 5000 and 2000 BC, and in particular on the roles of materials and material culture in the origins and development of identities. What was the role of stone and flint axeheads in the origins and development of the Neolithic in Britain? What was the relationship between stone and metal in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age? Primarily, Katharine specialises in the study of Neolithic stone and flint tools, and is an active Committee Member of the Implement Petrology Group, as well as Editor of their newsletter Stonechat. Katharine has also published on the first metalwork and the origins of social power.

As well as being a prehistorian, Katharine is Curator and Collections Manager at Hengistbury Head. She manages two National Lottery Heritage Funded projects: 'Performing the Past' at Hengistbury Head and 'Ecademy' at the New Forest Heritage Centre. 'Perfoming the Past' engages people of all levels and abilities in practical archaeology experiments and experiences. The aim is to create a dynamic flow of information between experts and the public through exhibitions, repeatable activities and resources. The desired outcome is a team of voluntary assistant curators and learning guides to raise awareness of the archaeology of Hengistbury Head. 'Ecademy' is part of the 'Our Past, Our Future' Landscape Partnership Scheme. The primary aim of the project is to create an online gateway for researchers of all levels and abilities, called New Forest Knowledge, which brings together data from museums, libraries and archives with community submitted content.

Journal Articles

  • Garland, N. and Marsden, K., 2019. A summary report of excavations at St Mary’s Primary School. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 112, 27-39.
  • Walker, 2007. A geophysical survey of the Arminghall henge. Past : The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society, 55.


  • Walker, K., 2020. The New Forest – A Souvenir Guide. Lyndhurst: The New Forest Heritage Trust in association with Pitkin Publishing.
  • Walker, K. and Keane, P., 2018. Maps: The New Forest Unfolded. Lyndhurst: New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust.
  • Walker, K., 2017. Axe-heads and Identity: An Investigation into the Roles of Imported Axe-heads in Identity Formation in Neolithic Britain. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • Alcock, N., Heckscher, F., Shaffrey, R. and Walker, K., 2017. Dedication to Fiona Roe. Written in Stone: Papers on the function, form, and provenancing of prehistoric stone objects in memory of Fiona Roe. Southampton: The Highfield Press, 1-3.
  • Heyd, V. and Walker, K., 2015. The first metalwork and expressions of social power. In: Fowler, C., Harding, J. and Hofmann, D., eds. The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 673-691.
  • Walker, 2014. Stone Age 'consumables'. Digging Sedgeford A People's Archaeology. Cromer: Poppyland Publishing, 20-22.


Internet Publications

PhD Students

  • Hayden Scott-Pratt. Performing the Past - Hengistbury Head


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