Christopher Chippindale

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Christopher Ralph Chippindale, FSA (born 13 October 1951) is a British archaeologist. He is a Reader in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and works at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology where he is Senior Curator (Archaeology).[1]

Early life[edit]

Chippindale was born on 13 October 1951, to Keith and Ruth Chippindale. He was educated at Sedbergh School, a public school in Sedbergh, Yorkshire. He went on to study at St John's College, Cambridge, graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons). He then studied for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Girton College, Cambridge.[2]


Chippindale was a research fellow in archaeology at Girton College, Cambridge from 1985 to 1988 and bye-fellow from 1988 to 1991.[2] In 1987, he was appointed assistant curator of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.[3] He was promoted to Senior Assistant Curator in 1993.[2] In 2001, he was appointed reader in archaeology at the University of Cambridge.[3] He concurrently holds the positions of reader and curator for British archaeology at the museum.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1976, Chippindale married Anne Lowe. Together they had four children; two sons and two daughters. They divorced in 2008. In 2008, he entered into a civil partnership with Justice Oleka.[2] His brother Peter Chippindale was a journalist and author.


On 10 January 1991, Chippindale was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[5]


His publications include:[3]

  • Stonehenge Complete (first published 1983, 4th edition 2012)
  • Who Owns Stonehenge? (1990)
  • The Archaeology of Rock Art (1998)


  1. ^ McKie, Robin (November 25, 2001). "Stone Age man's terrors still stalk modern nightmares". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "CHIPPINDALE, Christopher Ralph". Who's Who 2013. A & C Black. November 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Christopher Chippindale, Esq". People of Today Online. Debrett's. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  4. ^ "People". McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  5. ^ "C". List of Fellows. Society of Antiquaries of London. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2013.