I am a lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. As you may already have discovered from my official staff profile, my main theoretical interests are the human use of space and the mechanisms of cultural change. I am a member of the Advisory Committee of the AHRB Centre for the Evolutionary Analysis of Cultural Behaviour.
My methodological interests are mostly quantitative. They include the use of geographical information systems (GIS) and computer simulation in archaeology. I have written several new modules for the GRASS GIS and a number of simulation programs.
I combine my theoretical and methodological interests in two principle research areas. One is spatial analysis, where I am currently developing GIS-based methods for identifying repeated patterning in later prehistoric field systems. The other is human evolution, where I have used computer simulation to model the origins of culture as a transmission system.
My recent research has kept me out of the field, but I hope this will change in a year or two. In the (comparatively distant) past I worked on the Roman basilica at Wroxeter and then as site photographer for English Heritage at Birdoswald fort on Hadrian's Wall. This was followed by an eight year tour of duty with the Southern Hebrides Mesolithic Project (spent sampling whisky and peat bogs) which was interrupted by a season with Nicola Stern at Koobi Fora in east Africa.
I co-ordinate the Institute of Archaeology's M.Sc. degree programme GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology, for which I lead or contribute to courses including Archaeological Approaches to the Human Use of Space, Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology II, Spatial Analysis in Archaeology and Model Building in Archaeology.
I also contribute to undergraduate and Master's theory courses with lectures including Cognitive-Processual Responses: The Archaeology Of Mind, Evolutionary Approaches to Culture and Theory in Practice: Multiple Perspectives on Material Culture and Landscape.