David has published widely on the history of archaeology and cultural property. His Sifting the Soil of Greece (2011) was published to coincide with the 125th anniversary of the British School at Athens. His biography of Winifred Lamb: Aegean Prehistorian and Museum Curator (2018) presented the work of the honorary keeper of the Greek Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. He was a contributor to Paul G. Bahn (ed.), The History of Archaeology (2014) that won the Current Archaeology Book of the Year Award (2015). He was a supervising editor for the Dictionary of British Classicists (2004), and has contributed several memoirs to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is currently working on a biography of Dr John Disney, benefactor of the Fitzwilliam Museum.
His research on cultural property has been published in a number of journals including the American Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of Field Archaeology, and the International Journal of Cultural Property. He is a contributing editor of the Journal of Art Crime with a regular column ‘Context Matters’. Essays from the column will appear as Context Matters: Collating the Past (2019).
A range of research topics can be found here.