I spent the earlier part of my career in the Department of Archaeology in the University of Cambridge, as an undergraduate (BA, 1970), a research student (PhD, 1976), including a one year Royal Society Leverhulme Trust overseas studentship in the Department of Anthropology in the University of Sydney, Australia, and successively as British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1974), Assistant Lecturer (1976) and Lecturer (1981).
In 1990 I was elected as Fellow and Senior Tutor at Clare Hall, a College for Advanced Study in the University of Cambridge with an international community of Graduate Students and Visiting Fellows, and in 1996 as a Life Member.
In 1996 I moved to the University of Newcastle upon Tyne as Professor of Archaeology and Head of Department. I took up my present position in York in 2004 as the holder of a new Anniversary Chair created to mark the University's 40th anniversary.
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My principal research interests are in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology, Quaternary landscape history, palaeoeconomy, and the archaeology of prehistoric coastlines.
I have world-wide interests in shell middens as the most common archaeological expression of past coastal settlement, and the prehistoric use of coastal environments and marine resources, the ways in which human populations interact with the geological instabilities of the physical landscape, and how that engagement has shaped our long-term evolution, expansion and social development.
I have investigated these themes through excavation and fieldwork innovation, development of new laboratory methods, and interpretive theory, conducted fieldwork in Africa, Australia, Britain, Denmark, Gibraltar, Greece, Spain, and Saudi Arabia, and run major field projects in Epirus (Northwest Greece: the Klithi Project), and the Farasan Islands (Saudi Arabia: the Southern Red Sea and DISPERSE Projects).
My current research is focussed on the analysis of human response to tectonically active environments, and the exploration of the submerged landscapes that were exposed on the continental shelf as prime territory for human occupation during the periods of low sea level that have dominated the Pleistocene and early Holocene, effectively most of human existence on this planet.
A major preoccupation is the integration of long-term archaeological, geological, palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic records within a spatial and geographical framework, and the development of large-scale research programmes that facilitate international and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Working at the boundaries between many different disciplines has also led me into a deeper interest in archaeological theories of time and the influence of time scale, time resolution and time perspective on archaeological interpretation and the relationship between archaeology and other disciplines.
Abdullah Alsharekh, King Saud University
Nicholas Flemming, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Geoffrey C.P. King, Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris
Kurt Lambeck, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra
Garry Momber, Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology
Dimitris Sakellariou, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
Anthony Sinclair, University of Liverpool
Claudio Vita-Finzi, Natural History Museum, London
Current PhD students
- Corresponding Member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Römisch-Germanische Kommission), elected 2010
- Chair of EU COST Action TD0902 Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf (SPLASHCOS), elected 2009, and Vice Chair of the Deukalion Planning Group
- Joint Chair of the Palaeolithic Working Group of the English Heritage Maritime and Marine Historic Environment Research Framework, 2009
- Member of the European Research Council Advanced Grant Panel SH6 ‘The study of the human past’, 2009–
- Member of the AHRC Convening Panel for the Landscape and Environment Strategic Programme, 2006
- Member of the AHRC Peer Review College, 2004–2009
- Member of the AHRB Postgraduate Studentships Panel for Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, 2000–2003
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, elected 1997
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, elected 1987
- Member of the Institute for Archaeologists, elected 1986
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Invited talks and conferences
- 2012 Geology and Archaeology: Submerged Landscapes of the Continental Shelf. Symposium 3.2 of the 34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia (August 2012, coorganiser with Jan Harff and Friedrich Lüth).
- 2010-2012 Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf (SPLASHCOS) . Meetings at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza' (September 2012, coorganiser with Francesco Latino Chiocci), Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency, Amersfoort (April 2012, coorganiser with Henk Weerts), University of Zadar (October 2011, coorganiser with Irena Radic Rossi), Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin (April 2011, coorganiser with Friedrich Lüth), the Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes, Greece (October 2010, coorganiser with Dimitris Sakellariou), and the University of York (organiser, 2010).
2008 Shell Energy: Prehistoric Coastal Resource Strategies. International workshop, Dakar, Senegal (coorganiser with Karen Hardy and Abdoulaye Camara)
2006 Coastal Geoarchaeology: the Research of Shell Mounds. UISPP, XV World Congress, Lisbon, Portugal (session coorganiser with Marisa Afonso Coutinho)
2005 Shell Middens and Coastal Resources along the Atlantic Façade. International workshop, York, UK (coorganiser with Nicky Milner and Oliver Craig
2004 Archaeology of Coastlines and Shell Middens in Europe. European Association of Archaeology Conference, Lyon, France (session coorganiser with Nicky Milner and Oliver Craig)
2001 Archaeological Sciences 2001, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (coorganiser with Matthew Collins and Rob Shiel)
2011 UNESCO Scientific Colloquium on Factors Impacting Underwater Cultural Heritage, Brussels.
2011 International Conference on Archaeology and Predictive Modelling, Centre for Underwater Archaeology, Ahtopol, Bulgaria.
2010 IGCP 521-INQUA 501 Black Sea-Mediterranean Corridor during the Last 30 ky: Sea level Change and Human Adaptation: Sixth plenary meeting, Rhodes, Greece. Plenary speaker
2009 Association of Australian Archaeologists Annual Conference, Adelaide, Australia. Plenary speaker
2009 European Association of Archaeology Annual Conference, Riva del Garda, Italy. Underwater Archaeology and the Future of Submerged European Prehistory. Session keynote
2008 First International Workshop on Prehistoric Research in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
2007 Society for American Archaeology Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, Archaic and Mesolithic across the Atlantic Divide. Session discussant
2006 Society for American Archaeology Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Shell Mounds in America. Session discussant
2003 Society for American Archaeology Annual Conference, Milwaukee, USA Time Perspectivism and Archaeology. Session discussant
- 2010, 2011 Annual Meeting of Programme Chairs of COST Domain, Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH), Brussels
2008 Society of Africanist Archaeologists, Symposium on In and Out of Africa, Perspectives on Late Pleistocene Population Dispersals, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
2007 International workshop on Climate and Humans, Seneca Foundation, Murcia, Spain
2007 Calpe Conference, Gibraltar, People in the Mediterranean - a History of Interaction
2007 McDonald Institute Conference, The Global Origins of Seafaring, Cambridge, UK
2005 Society for American Archaeology Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, session on Human Impact on Past Marine Ecosystems
- 2005 International workshop on Early Human Impact on Mega-Mollusks (EHIM), Venezuela
- 2004 International workshop on Continental Rifting, Human Dispersion and Natural Hazards, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, Germany
- 2003 International workshop on North Sea Submarine Prehistory, London, UK
- 2002 CHAGS 9 (9th International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies), Edinburgh
- 2012 Fu Ssu-nien memorial lectures, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Republic of China
- 2011 Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens
- 2007 Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris
- 2004 King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah
- 2003 Nara Cultural Properties Research Institute, Japan, Universities of Okayama, Sendai and Tokyo
- 2002 King Saud University, Riyadh