My doctoral research is an investigation of the archaeology and history of sarsen stone use in southern Britain.

Funded by the South, West, and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, I am co-supervised by Professor Martin Bell (University of Reading) and Professor Josh Pollard (University of Southampton).

My study area extends from Dorset to Kent, and expect my specific case studies to be in south-west Dorset, north Wiltshire, the Oxfordshire/Berkshire border, south Buckinghamshire, and the Medway Valley in Kent.

A heritage professional for a number of year, I work for Historic England, the UK public body that helps people care for, enjoy, and celebrate England’s historic environment. With strengths in archaeological archives, aerial photography, and historic mapping, my current role is in heritage protection.


2016 –

University of Reading, PhD candidate

2009 – 2010

University of Exeter, MA (Experimental Archaeology)

1991 – 1994

University of Cambridge, MA (Archaeology and Anthropology)

Other Publications

WHITAKER, K.A. (in preparation) ‘Sarsen stone quarrying in southern England’ for Post-Medieval Archaeology

NASH, D.J. et al (2020) ‘Origins of the sarsen megaliths at Stonehenge’ Science Advances

WHITAKER, K.A. (2020) ‘”Sarsen stones in Wessex”: a Society of Antiquaries project contextualised and renewed.’ The Antiquaries Journal

 WHITAKER, K.A. (2020) ‘Sarsen-working at Stonehenge’ and ‘The history of thought about sarsen origins for Stonehenge’ In Parker-Pearson, M. et al(2020) Stonehenge for the Ancestors. Part 1: Landscape and Monuments.Leiden: Sidestone Press

WHITAKER, K.A. (2019) Gitte Hansen and Per Storemyr, eds. Soapstone in the North: Quarries, Products, and People 7000 bc–ad 1700 (University of Bergen Archaeological Series 9, Bergen: University of Bergen, 2017, 408pp., 113 colour and 61 b/w illustr., hbk, ISBN 978-82-90273-90-8, ISSN 0809-6058) [review] European Journal of Archaeology 22(3):430-433 DOI: 10.1017/eaa.2019.30

WHITAKER, K.A. (2019) Sarsen stone quarrying in southern England: an introduction’ In Teather, A. et al Extracting more than rock? Insights into the acquisition of stone and flint in the Neolithic Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers. Oxford: Oxbow

WHITAKER, K.A. (2018) ‘What if none of the building stones at Stonehenge came from Wiltshire?’ Oxford Journal of Archaeology 38(2) 10.1111/ojoa.12161

 WHITAKER, K. (2014) ‘The Wild Heerbrugg A5 in Britain in 2014’ Photogrammetric Record29(148): 456-462

 CRAWFORD, J., WHITAKER, K., AND WILLIAMS, A. (2014) Aerofilms. A History of Britain from Above.  Swindon: English Heritage

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

8-11 June 2021: Landscape Archaeology Congress (postponed from 2020) [online] ‘Hidden Landscape’ session TBC.

22 April 2021: ‘Five reasons to research surface quarry sites’ [online] CiFA Annual Conference, research students and ECRs session https://www.archaeologists.net/conference

21 April 2021: ‘Sarsen Building Stone’ [online] for the Somerset Vernacular Buildings Research Group. Details will be posted http://svbrg.org.uk/events.php shortly.

15-26 March 2021: ‘From Quarries to Rock-Cut Sites; Echoes of Stone-crafting’ [online], University of Pisa. Conference and round table live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook. Go to https://www.mappalab.eu/en/echoes-of-stone-crafting/ for details.

12 November 2020: Wiltshire Archaeology Conference (postponed from March 2020). Go to http://www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk for details of the rearranged conference and our online presentations.


Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London

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