Dr Helen Alderson

BA (Wellington), BA (Hons) (Otago), MA (Otago), PhD

Fellow (B)

College Roles

  • Research Fellow (B)

University Roles

  • Renfrew Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research



Dr Helen A. Alderson holds an MA (Distinction) in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She also holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar. From October 2019 to September 2021, Helen was the temporary Senior Assistant Curator of World Archaeology at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. She is now a Renfrew Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and Newnham College.

Research Interests

Dr Helen A. Alderson is interested in the material culture and landscapes of Oceania and in what they can tell us about peoples’ lives. She has contributed to fieldwork in Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia. Her current research project is called: An Archaeology of Women in Oceania: Charting Agency and Expertise from the Deep Past to the Present. You can learn more about it here: