Dr Chiara Bonacchi

Senior Lecturer in Heritage

History Division of History, Heritage and Politics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Pathfoot Building, Room D24, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA

Dr Chiara Bonacchi

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I am an archaeologist, specialised in Public Archaeology and Heritage, with a focus on Digital Heritage. After a BA in Archaeology and an MA in Medieval Archaeology from the University of Florence, I completed a PhD in Public Archaeology from the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Before joining Stirling, I worked as Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Co-Investigator Researcher at the University of Newcastle, Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London, and the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

I have designed, participated in and coordinated a broad portfolio of collaborative research projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, focussing on the study of public perceptions and experience of the past, digital co-production and public engagement, data science and digital ethnographies in heritage studies, heritage values and the politics of the past. In Italy, I have spearheaded the set-up of public archaeology as a field of study, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Florence. I have advised and completed commissioned reports for arts and culture organisations and funding bodies in the UK and Europe. I have been invited to give keynote speeches, lectures and presentations around the world, in countries including the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Finland, Norway, Jordan, the US, Mexico and China. My work has been reported in an array of popular outlets such as Nature News, the Guardian, the Times, the Telegraph, le Scienze, La Repubblica, Culture 24 and Discovery.

External appointments and memberships

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
  • International Executive Committee member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS).
  • ACHS UK Chapter committee officer.
  • Member of the European Association of Archaeologists.
  • Member of the Organising Committee for the ACHS Conference 2020.
  • Advisory Board member for Journal of Archaeology Data; AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology; Advisory Board member for the Italian Journal of Public Archaeology.
  • Public Archaeology Series Editor, Florence University Press.
  • Visiting Scholar at University of Helsinki, 2019.

Publication list


  • Bonacchi, C. (accepted; 2021) Heritage and Nationalism: exploring populism through big data. London: UCL Press.

  • Bonacchi, C. (Ed.) (2021) Heritage in a World of Big Data: re-thinking collecting practices, heritage values and activism. Special Issue of Big Data & Society. https://journals.sagepub.com/page/bds/collections/heritageinworldbigdata

  • Nucciotti, M., Bonacchi, C. and Molducci, C. (Eds) (2019) Archeologia Pubblica in Italia. Florence: Florence University Press.

  • Bonacchi, C., Petersson, B. (Eds) (2017). Digital Co-Production in Archaeology. Special Issue of Internet Archaeology 46. http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue46/index.html.

  • Bonacchi, C. (Ed.) (2012) Archaeology and Digital Communication. Towards Strategies of Public Engagement. London: Archetype Publications.


  • Bonacchi, C., and Krzyzanska, M. (2021) Heritage-based tribalism in big data ecologies: deploying origin myths for antagonistic othering. Big Data & Society. https://buff.ly/3riCPS0.

  • Bonacchi, C., and Lorenzon, M. (accepted) Assessing the transforming social values of cities in the longue durée: analysis of a Florence neighbourhood from the Middle Ages to the present. European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies.

  • Bonacchi, C., and Krzyzanska, M. (2019) Digital heritage research re-theorised: Ontologies and epistemologies in a world of big data. International Journal of Heritage Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2019.1578989.

  • Bonacchi, C., Bevan, A., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Pett, D., Wexler, J. (2019) Participation in heritage crowdsourcing. Museum Management and Curatorship. Published online. https://doi.org/10.1080/09647775.2018.1559080.

  • Mac Sweeney, N. et al. (2019) Claiming the Classical: The Greco-Roman World in Contemporary Political Discourse. Council of University Classical Departments Bulletin 48(19). https://cucd.blogs.sas.ac.uk/files/2019/02/MAC-SWEENEY-ET-AL-Claiming-the-Classical.pdf.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2018) Public Archaeology cannot just ‘fly at dusk’: reality and complexities of generating public impact. Antiquity 92(366): 1659-1661. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.231.

  • Bonacchi, C., Altaweel, M. and Krzyzanska, M. (2018) The heritage of Brexit: Roles of the past in the construction of political identities through social media. Journal of Social Archaeology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1469605318759713.

  • Hingley, R., Bonacchi, C., and Sharpe, K. (2018) ‘Are you local?’ The ‘indigenous’ Iron Age and mobile Roman and post-Roman population: Then, now and in-between. Britannia. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0068113X18000016.

  • Bonacchi, C., Hingley, R., and Yarrow, T. (2016) Exploring Ancient Identities in Modern Britain. Archaeology International: 54-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ai.1909.

  • Bonacchi, C., Moshenska, G. (2015). A Critical Review of Digital Public Archaeology. Internet Archaeology 40. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.40.7.1.

  • Bonacchi, C., Bevan, A., Pett, D., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A. (2015) Crowd-funding Community Archaeology. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage, 3(2): 184-198. http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/2051819615Z.00000000041.

  • Wexler, J., Bevan, A., Bonacchi, C, Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Pett, D., Wilkin, N. (2015) Collective Re-Excavation and Lost Media from the Last Century of British Prehistoric Studies. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 2 (1): 126-142. http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/jca.v2i1.27124.

  • Vannini, G., Nucciotti, M. and Bonacchi, C. (2014) Archeologia Pubblica e Archeologia Medievale [Public Archaeology and Medieval Archaeology]. Archeologia Medievale. Special Issue: Quarant’anni di Archeologia Medievale in Italia. La rivista, i temi, la teoria e i metodi, 2014: 183-195. DOI: 10.1400/228489.

  • Bevan, A., Pett, D., Bonacchi, C., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Lombraña González, D., Sparks, R., Wexler, J. and Wilkin, N. (2014) Citizen Archaeologists. Online Collaborative Research about the Human Past. Human Computation (2014) 1:2:183-197. http://dx.doi.org/10.15346/hc.v1i2.9.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2014) Understanding the public experience of archaeology in the UK and Italy: a call for a ‘sociological movement’ in Public Archaeology. European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies 4 (2014): 377-400. http://www.postclassical.it/PCA_vol.4_files/PCA%204_Bonacchi.pdf.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2013) Audiences and values of archaeology on the small screen. Public Archaeology 12(2): 117-131. http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1465518713Z.00000000035.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2009) Archeologia pubblica in Italia. Origini e prospettive di un ‘nuovo’ settore disciplinare [Public Archaeology in Italy. Origins and Prospects for a ‘new’ disciplinary field]. Ricerche Storiche 2-3 (2009): 329-350.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2007) Il castello di Piteccio nell’alta valle dell’Ombrone e il fenomeno dell’incastellamento toscano (secoli XI-XIV) [The Castle of Piteccio in the High Valley of the River Ombrone and the phenomenon of castle settlement in Tuscany (cc.XI-XIV)]. Bullettino Storico Pistoiese. CIX (2007), pp. 59-86.


  • Bonacchi, C. (submitted) Digital Public Archaeology. In: Noiret, S. and Tebeau, M. (Eds) Handbook of Digital Public History. Berlin: De Gruyter.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2019) Esperienza, Archeologia e Musei. In: M. Nucciotti, C. Bonacchi and C. Molducci (Eds) Archeologia Pubblica in Italia. Florence: Florence University Press, pp. 173-180.

  • Nucciotti, M., Bonacchi, C., Molducci, C. (2019) Introduzione. In: M. Nucciotti, C. Bonacchi and C. Molducci (Eds) Archeologia Pubblica in Italia. Florence: Florence University Press, pp. 9-13.

  • Nucciotti, M. and Bonacchi, C. (2019) Il Congresso di Archeologia Pubblica come progetto culturale nazionale. In: M. Nucciotti, C. Bonacchi and C. Molducci (Eds) Archeologia Pubblica in Italia. Florence: Florence University Press, pp. 15-31.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2017) Digital Media for Public Archaeology Research and Practice. In: Moshenska, G. (Ed.) Key Concepts in Public Archaeology. London: UCL Press. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/key-concepts-in-public-archaeology.

  • Wilkin, N., Bevan, A., Bonacchi, C., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Pett, D., Wexler, J. (2015) Crowd-sourcing the British Bronze Age: Initial experiences and results from the MicroPasts project. Proceedings of the Society for Museum Archaeologists Conference.

  • Bonacchi, C., Bevan, A., Pett, D., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A. (2015) Crowd- and Community-fuelled Archaeology. Early Results from the micropasts Project. In Giligny, F., Djindjian, F., Costa, L., Moscati, P. And Robert, S. (Eds) CAA2014, 21st Century Archaeology. Concepts, Methods and Tools. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Paris. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 279-288.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2014) Archeologia Pubblica al Tempo della Crisi Economica [Public Archaeology at the Time of the Economic Crisis]. In: Parello, M.C. and Rizzo, M.S. (Eds) Proceedings of the Conference Archeologia Pubblica al Tempo della Crisi, 29-30 November 2013, Agrigento, Italy, pp. 19-23.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2012) Introduction. In: Bonacchi, C. (Ed.) Archaeology and Digital Communication. Towards Strategies of Public Engagement. London: Archetype Publications, pp. xi-xix.

  • Bonacchi, C., Furneaux, C. and Pett, D. (2012) Public Engagement Through Online TV Channels: A Way Forward For The Audiovisual Communication Of Archaeology? In: Bonacchi, C. (Ed.) Archaeology and Digital Communication. Towards Strategies of Public Engagement. London: Archetype, pp. 50-65.

  • Bonacchi, C. and Pett, D. (2012) Conclusions. In: Bonacchi, C. (Ed.) Archaeology and Digital Communication. Towards Strategies of Public Engagement. London: Archetype Publications, pp. 126-130.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2011) Dalla Public Archaeology all’archeologia Pubblica [From Public Archaeology to Archeologia Pubblica]. In: Vannini, G. (Ed.) Archeologia Pubblica in Toscana. Un Progetto e una Proposta. Florence: Florence University Press, pp. 103-112.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2009) La mostra: idea e struttura. Il progetto museologico [The exhibition: concept and articulation: The museological project]. In: Vannini, G. and Nucciotti, M. (Eds) Da Petra a Shawbak. Archeologia di una Frontiera. Catalogo. Florence: Giunti, pp. 36-46.



  • Bonacchi, C. (2017) Higher Education and the Creative Economy: Beyond the Campus. The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society 47(3): 206-208. DOI:10.1080/10632921.2017.1303414.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2017) Museum websites & social media. Issues of participation, sustainability, trust and diversity. International Journal of Heritage Studies 23(3): 291-292. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2016.1232301.

  • Bonacchi, C. Petersson, B. (2017) Digital Co-production in Archaeology. Editorial. Internet Archaeology 46. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.46.1.

  • Griffith, S., Bonacchi, C., Moshenska, G, Richardson, L. (2015) Editorial. Internet Archaeology.

  • Bonacchi, C., Bevan, A., Pett, D., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Sparks, R., Wexler, J. and Wilkin, N. (2014) Crowd-sourced Archaeological Research. The MicroPasts Project. Archaeology International 17: 61-68. http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.1705.

  • Burtenshaw, P., Bonacchi, C. (2013) The 17th ICOMOS General Assembly Scientific Symposium ‘Heritage, Driver of Development’. Public Archaeology 12(4): 278-281. http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1465518714Z.00000000050.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2013) Review: The Development of Public Archaeology in Italy: A Review of Recent Efforts. Public Archaeology 12(3): 211-216. http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1465518714Z.00000000044.


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