BA Anthropology/Sociology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, MA Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, MA Archaeology and Heritage of Asia, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

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Mrs. Rebecca Hopkins is an archaeologist and anthropologist with a MA in Archaeology and the Heritage of Asia from University College London, and an MA in anthropology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research centers on the origins of society and civilization in prehistoric Southeast Asia, with a focus on prehistoric and pre-Angkorian Cambodia.  This work also includes explorations of Khmer language, culture, and history through cultural material.  She also focuses on engaging in cultural heritage preservation, especially on studying the effectiveness of the Living Heritage Approach in local communities. She also has over 15 years teaching experience in Hong Kong teaching anthropology, archaeology and cultural literacy.


Research Interests

  • Prehistoric Southeast Asian society
  • Lithics/Hoabinhian technocomplex
  • Origins of civilization
  • Pre-Angkorian Cambodia
  • Khmer language, history and culture.
  • Cultural heritage preservation



Hopkins, Rebecca. “Living Heritage Approaches Towards Conservation at Banteay Chhmar.” The Post Hole, University of York, Dec. 2019, https://www.theposthole.org/read/article/440

Hopkins, Rebecca. “Joining the Field.” Histories of Archaeology Research Network Weblog, Histories of Archaeology Research Network, 9 July 2019, https://harngroup.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/joining-the-field/

Conference Presentations:

Hopkins, Rebecca (October 2023) Hongkonger perspectives on small local museums: a case study of the Mui Wo Culture and Heritage Centre on Lantau Island, East Asian Anthropological Association, Hong Kong


“Episode 30: Becca Hopkins”, Remote, but not Distant: UCL Institute of Archaeology Podcase with Charlotte Fearson.

Selected Blog Posts           

The Transition to Urbanism in Cambodia Prehistory: Part 1, The Bronze Age (https://nevergonnadigyouup.wordpress.com/2020/05/24/the-transition-to-  urbanism-in-cambodian-prehistory-part-1-the-bronze-age/)

Positive and Negative Qualities of the Authorized Heritage Discourse (https://nevergonnadigyouup.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/positive-and-negative-qualities-of-the-authorized-heritage-discourse/)

2019 Symbolism and the Reification of Heritage in Cambodia (https://nevergonnadigyouup.wordpress.com/2019/10/06/symbolism-and-the-reification-of-heritage-in-cambodia/)

Professional Experience:

Excavator/Collaborator: Unfolding the Lost WWII Heritage: Promotion of Geo- spatial and Geophysical Technologies ITF-GSP project

Member: Hong Kong Anthropological Society

Excavator: Ramparts Scotland, Prehistoric Landscape Project

Excavator: Kent Archaeological Field School