- BSc, PhD, FSA
- Reader in Early Prehistory
- Deputy Chair of Archaeology Boards of Examiners
- Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MSc Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology
- Degree Programme Co-ordinator: BA in Archaeology
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCL2026 The emergence and spread of modern humans
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCL3073 The Early Prehistory of the Near East
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCLG128 Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers from the Emergence of Modern Humans
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCLG179 Themes in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCLG181 Evolution of Palaeolithic and Neolithic Societies in the Near East
The Palaeolithic and Neolithic of Western Asia: especially the adaptations of Neanderthal and early modern human societies, late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers, the beginnings of agriculture and pastoralism, and the emergence of early village societies. General interests in the reconstruction of past environments, subsistence and site formation processes.
Research Directory Records
- The Archaeology of Human Evolution
- Azraq Project, Jordan
- Prehistoric hunting strategies in Jordan
- Qadisha Valley Project, Lebanon
Current Research Projects
- The Qadisha Valley Project (Lebanon). A survey and excavation project being co-directed by Corine Yazbeck (Lebanese University) which is focussing on Palaeolithic and Neolithic settlement in the forested mountain environments of the Qadisha Valley in northern Lebanon. A major element has been the excavation of two caves with Early Epipalaeolithic through to Late Neolithic levels (22,000–7,500 cal BP) at Moghr el-Ahwal. Collaborators include: Gassia Artin (Paris), Martin Bates (Lampeter), Yvonne Edwards (UCL, London) and Katherine Wright (UCL, London).
- The Azraq Basin Project (Jordan). Currently preparing a multi-volume report on a large-scale survey and excavation project undertaken in the steppe and oasis environments of the Azraq Basin in eastern Jordan. This focussed on late Upper Palaeolithic, Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic settlement in the region (30,000-7,500 cal BP). In collaboration with: Douglas Baird (Liverpool), Brian Byrd (Davis, CA), Louise Martin (UCL, London), Christopher Hunt (Belfast), Susan Colledge (UCL, London) and Katherine Wright (UCL, London).
- Neolithic Stone Bead Production and Exchange (Jordan). An investigation of stone bead production and exchange from Neolithic workshops found in the Azraq Basin in eastern Jordan. In collaboration with: Katherine Wright (UCL, London).
- PhD in Archaeology (Cambridge 1981)Thesis concerned with Palaeolithic food procurement strategies in the Levant.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Prehistoric Archaeology (Cambridge 1972)
- BSc Zoology and Geology (Newcastle 1971)
- Director of British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History (1983-89)
I would welcome PhD applications in the subject areas listed under my Research Interests on my Profile page
- Lesley Blundell Early human landscape use in north west Europe (principal supervisor Matt Pope)
- Catalina Contreras Mira Lithic technology and raw material economy in Upper Ñirehuao valley (principal supervisor Ignacio de la Torre)
- Mariana Nabais Neanderthal small prey consumption in central Portugal (principal supervisor Louise Martin)
- Joseph Roe Modelling prehistoric hunting strategies in Jordan (principal supervisor Louise Martin)
- Fabio Silva Modelling anatomically modern human dispersals by fitting analytical and numerical predictions to the archaeological and fossil records (principal supervisor James Steele)
- Anna Spyrou Animal procurement and processing in the Epipalaeolithic of the Southern Levant: Zooarchaeological and ethnographic implications for storage and social organization (principal supervisor Louise Martin)