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    I am an archaeologist specialising in prehistory. My research interests focus on developing integrated interpretations of prehistoric behavioural landscapes, in order to understand cultural and technological innovation. I am interested in the role of materiality and cultural heritage in identity creation and how population migration occurs. My specialism centres on the emergence and spread of Homo sapiens in Africa and Europe including the origins of symbolic behaviour. My practical skills lie in excavation, survey and the methodological development of digital and geospatial technologies in a cultural heritage context.

    Research Interests

    • Human Evolution: The Stone Age and Palaeolithic, particularly of Europe and Africa
    • Mesolithic and Neolithic Landscapes
    • Landscape evolution and geoarchaeological approaches (including GIS and remote sensing)
    • Archaeological practice and dating techniques
    • Material Culture: particularly macro-scale stone tool analysis
    • Rock art and mobiliary art


    • GAP3072: Archaeology of Human Evolution (Module Co-ordinator)
    • GAP2057: Archaeology in Practice (Module Co-ordinator)
    • GAP1001: Human Societies and Landscapes (50%)
    • GAP1013: World Archaeology
    • GAP2002: Landscape and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    • GAP2041: Flints. farmers and forts: Ireland in Prehistory

    Former Masters/MSci Teaching (now discontinued)

    • GAP4502-7502: GIS Technologies: Application and Practice (Module Co-Ordinator)
    • GAP4501-7501: Introduction to Cultural Heritage and GIS


    Research Students

    Completed PhD: Ella Egberts "Early Hominin Technology, Chronology and Landscapes in North-West Europe" BU/AHRC funded.

    PhDs in Progress:

    James Perkins "Niche Construction and Plant Use in the Mesolithic" AHRC funded.

    Jonathan Small "Pigs, Pits and Persistent Places during the Mesolithic" AHRC funded.

    MPhil: Ross Bailey: Detecting Indirect Percussive techniques in Lithic Assemblages.

    External Supervisor for: Aaron Rawlinson "Unpacking the Purfleet Interglacial: Change and complexity during the final Lower Palaeolithic", University of Durham. AHRC funded.


    I would warmly welcome applications from students wishing to further their knowledge of the Palaeolithic at Masters level, and those interested in researching aspects of:

    1) Prehistory and cultural heritage in Africa 2) European Palaeolithic/Mesolithic/early Neolithic archaeology or 3) Quaternary/Holocene landscape change. I am especially keen to supervise projects in these fields which incorporate landscape based and geoarchaeological approaches, and the application of new techniques including experimental approaches and cross-disciplinary methods for promoting cultural heritage engagement. QUB is a wonderful place to study with excellent facilities and a wide range of specialist expertise.



    Prehistoric archaeology is a field which has fascinated me since my undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol and subsequent postgraduate degrees at the University of Cambridge. I have had a diverse career working in contract archaeology, for the UK government and as a freelance specialist for oil and gas companies in Africa via RPS. I have worked and taught in 7 Universities, including Oxford, Southampton and Exter having been most recently employed as Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth before coming to Queen's in 2013.

    I am always open to discussing potential collaborations with Industry and consultancies, particularly where this involves methodological improvements in identifying and recording archaeological heritage.

    Research Projects

    • Life Evolution and Palaeoecology at the Source of the Nile (LEAP Nile). (Includes sites of Rubirizi and Nyabusora amongst others). (Multiple funding sources).
    • Palaeolithic Rivers of South West Britain Project and Chard Junction Quarry Project. (English Heritage Funded)
    • Rambogo and the MSA of Western Kenya (Multiple funding sources).
    • Rescue Excavations at Chianda, Western Kenya (NERC funded).
    • Dating of the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic transition in western Europe using ultrafiltration AMS radiocarbon (NERC funded).

    I have conceived and directed several projects (including survey and excavation) in eastern Africa on the evolution and spread of Homo sapiens, and the Middle Stone Age. My early research focus in western Kenya continues alongside a major project in the western Rift of Eastern Africa, on the Early to Middle Stone Age of the Kagera River and its relationship to Lake Victoria. I have also worked on other projects in north Africa and Ethiopia, as a lithics specialist. There are numerous publications in preparation from this African research.

    Many of my publications stem from my involvement in projects concerned with Palaeolithic Europe. These include Dating the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition in western Europe, at RLAHA, University of Oxford, and the colonisation of Britain through projects such as the Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain and AHOB.

    More recent Research Projects/Projects under development:

    • CCHEA: Capturing the Cultural Heritage of Eastern Africa. GCRF funded workshop held in Zanzibar from which several other projects are now being developed by participants.
    • East Pemba Maritime Heritage Project. Co-I on AHRC funded project beginning 2019 with multiple collaborators.
    • DATES: Dartmoor Tor Encolsures. Project on the Neolithic Tor Enclosures in collaboration with DNPA. Application under consideration 2019.
    • Rooted in Rock: Major project on Dartmoor landscapes with DNPA and other collaborators. Major grant in preparation for 2019 submission.
    • Landscape change and prehistory of the Dingle Peninsula. with B. Gearey (University of Cork), E. Pollard (Discovery Programme) and others. Develops and expands Irish Mesolithic interests (see PhD students). QUB seed funding for reconnaissance trip completed in 2017. Grant application now in preparation.
    • Carving Prehistory: rock art, visualisation and community engagement project with T. Barnett and multiple collaborators. Outline project and participants drafted. Funding for face-to-face networking to propel grant propsal in preparation.



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