Chris graduated in Archaeology and Anthropology from Cambridge University. After postgraduate study at Oxford University Institute of Archaeology he held posts as a Lecturer in Archaeology at Durham University and then at The Institute of Archaeology, University College London, before moving as Fieldwork Manager to Essex County Council’s Field Archaeology Group.


He joined English Heritage (now Historic England) as an archaeologist in 1993. Between 2002 and 2005 he was Head of Historic Environment Commissions. From 2005 until 2010 he was English Heritage’s Research Director, responsible for delivery of English Heritage’s Research Strategy & Agenda, and heading a Department of 150 staff across the range of historic environment research specialisms. Chris left English Heritage in July 2010 to pursue a portfolio of research and consultancy interests.


Chris is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London where he was a Council Member (Trustee) 2012-2016 and Director 2016-2021, a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, and a permanent Committee Member of the Internationales Sachsensymposion. He has served on the Advisory Panel of the AHRC / ESPRC Science & Heritage Programme, the DCMS Science & Research Advisory Committee, and the Editorial Board of the journal Early Medieval Europe.


Chris has wide experience of fieldwork and publication in the UK and Europe, and has an international research profile in early medieval archaeology (see publications). He is an experienced project and programme manager, familiar with PRINCE2 and with English Heritage’s MoRPHE project management toolkit, and has a track record of promoting integration and inter-disciplinarity in historic environment research and management. He has particular research interests in the societies and economies of NW Europe in the 5th8th centuries CE, mortuary archaeology, and in refining archaeological chronologies.


Current and recent clients include:


             Barbican Research Associates

             Birmingham City Council

             Canal and River Trust

             Cardiff University

             Cotswold Archaeology

             Czech Science Foundation

             Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum, Paderborn

             English Heritage

             Headland Archaeology

             Museum of London Archaeology

             The National Trust

             Reading University

             Suffolk County Council

             University College London

             Stoke-on-Trent City Council

             Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

             Wardell Armstrong

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Consultant Archaeologist

Chris Scull

Chris’s wide experience as a practitioner, researcher and teacher across academic, commercial and public sectors, and as a senior strategic and operational manager for a national heritage agency, gives him an unusually broad expert perspective on research and management issues in the historic environment.