Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Ucko, Peter (Cultural Heritage Management)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1227

Basic Biographical Information

Peter John Ucko was one of the most influential archaeologists of his generation. He played a decisive role in the transformation of the discipline and the recognition that the past is profoundly political. During his career he challenged the way we understand and engage with cultural heritage, raising fundamental questions about ownership, identity, authenticity, and the role of the past in the present. He is perhaps most widely known for his role in the creation and development of the World Archaeological Congress, but the antipathy to racism and social injustice that informed this was an important strand throughout his entire career.

Peter was born in 1938 to intellectual Jewish emigrants from Germany. He was educated at Bryanston School in Dorset and North West London Polytechnic, before taking a degree in anthropology at University College London (1956–1959). He had been fascinated by Egyptian artifacts as a boy and took courses with a strong...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Archaeology, School of Arts Languages and CulturesUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK