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University of Stirling


Dr Chiara Bonacchi

Lecturer in Heritage

History D24 Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Chiara Bonacchi

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About me



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, in April 2018, 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 led a broad portfolio of collaborative research projects in the UK and internationally, 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, and heritage values. 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, Germany, Norway, Jordan, the US, Mexico and China.

External appointments and memberships

  • Member of the European Association of Archaeologists.
  • Member of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies.
  • Advisory Board member for AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology.
  • Advisory Board member for the Italian Journal of Public Archaeology.
  • Public Archaeology Series Editor, Florence University Press.
  • Peer-reviewer for: European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies; Advances in Archaeological Practice; Archeologia Medievale; Public Archaeology; Presence; Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage; International Journal of Heritage Studies; Journal of Arts, Management, Law and Society; Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development; Curator: The Museum Journal; Journal of Material Culture; Antiquity; Open Archaeology; Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology, ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage.

Publication list


  • Bonacchi, C. (accepted, 2018). Co-Producing Knowledge Online. Connected Communities Foundation Series Reviews, UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

  • Bonacchi, C., Petersson, B. (Eds) (2017). Digital Co-Production in Archaeology. Special Issue of Internet Archaeology 46.

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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bonacchi, C., Hingley, R., and Yarrow, T. (2016) Exploring Ancient Identities in Modern Britain. Archaeology International: 54-57.

  • Bonacchi, C., Moshenska, G. (2015). A Critical Review of Digital Public Archaeology. Internet Archaeology 40.

  • Bonacchi, C., Bevan, A., Pett, D., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A. (2015) Crowd-funding Community Archaeology. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage, 3(2): 184-198.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2013) Audiences and values of archaeology on the small screen. Public Archaeology 12(2): 117-131.

  • 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. (2017) Digital Media for Public Archaeology Research and Practice. In: Moshenska, G. (Ed.) Key Concepts in Public Archaeology. London: UCL Press.

  • 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.

  • Bonacchi, C. Petersson, B. (2017) Digital Co-production in Archaeology. Editorial. Internet Archaeology 46.

  • 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.

  • Burtenshaw, P., Bonacchi, C. (2013) The 17th ICOMOS General Assembly Scientific Symposium ‘Heritage, Driver of Development’. Public Archaeology 12(4): 278-281.

  • Bonacchi, C. (2013) Review: The Development of Public Archaeology in Italy: A Review of Recent Efforts. Public Archaeology 12(3): 211-216.



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