- BSc, PhD, FSA
- Senior Research Fellow Boxgrove Project
- Senior Teaching Fellow in Palaeolithic Archaeology
- Course Coordinator: ARCL2037 Interpreting Archaeological Evidence
- Course Coordinator: ARCL3094 Archaeology of Human Evolution
- Course Coordinator: ARCLG271 Archaeology of Early Human Origins
My research interests focus on the evolutionary context and development of human behaviour as a technology-assisted, social predator within high levels of social co-operation. In particular I am interested in early human adaptations to north European environments and responses to long and short-term climate change. I utilize technological, taphonomic, geoarchaeological and experimental approaches to the archaeology of early human origins.
Currently my research is focused on:
- Neanderthal adaptations to landscape and climate variability: including use of home-bases and hunting strategies.
- The development and use of early hunting weaponry by Neanderthal and other early human populations.
- Palaeolithic landscape records and geomorphological controls over archaeological site preservation.
- Patterns of self-organisation and cognitive engagement with landscapes in the Paleolithic record.
- Raw material transport, use and discard patterns, including scientific approaches to provenancing.
Research Directory Records
- The Archaeology of Human Evolution
- Quaternary Archaeology and Environments of Jersey
- Beedings Palaeolithic Survey
- Changing London: Town Planning from a Human Evolutionary Perspective
- Ice Age Island: Jersey Palaeolithic Survey
- Boxgrove: A Middle Pleistocene landscape.
- The Valdoe Survey: characterizing a locale in the Boxgrove Palaeolandscape.
- Sporting Chance: Testing the Evolutionary Determinants of Health in Inner City Schools
- 1990 - 1993 BSc Archaeology. University of Wales, College Cardiff
- 1997 - 2002 PhD Archaeology. University of Southampton
I would welcome applications to undertake PhD research with me on the following topics or other relevant subject areas:
- Middle and Lower Palaeolithic behaviour and technology: Especially in relation to landscape use, raw materials and interpretation of reduction strategies
- The origins of the Early Upper Palaeolithic in Northern Europe
- Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology in Southern Britain
- Geomorphology, sedimentation and human behaviour in the Pleistocene
- Palaeolithic use of projectiles and hunting strategies
- Annemieke Milks: The Performance of Early Middle Pleistocene Weapons (Second Supervisor: Louise Martin).
- Lesley Blundell: Early human landscape use in north west Europe (Second Supervisor Andrew Garrard).
- Tomos Proffitt: A technological analysis of the Oldowan and Developed Oldowan assemblages from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania (principal supervisor Ignacio de la Torre)
Completed PhD Students
Kate Emery: A re-examination of variability in handaxe form in the British Palaeolithic (Principal Supervisor Norah Moloney)