Geoff Bailey
Anniversary Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology (Emeritus)



I took my undergraduate and postgraduate training in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, specialising in prehistory and bioarchaeology (BA 1970, MA 1974, PhD 1976).

In Cambridge, I stayed on after my PhD as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University Lecturer and Senior Tutor of my College (Clare Hall) until 1996, when I moved to be Chair and Head of Department of Archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

In 2004 I moved to take up my present position at the University of York as the holder of a new Anniversary Chair created to mark the University's 40th anniversary.

I am primarily a field archaeologist, with experience in many parts of the world, across Africa, the Americas, Australia, Europe, the Far East and SW Asia, and have led major projects in Australia, Greece, Saudi Arabia and the UK, with particular interests in coastal prehistory and the evolution of terrestrial landscapes.

In the past decade I have combined these interests in the exploration of the submerged landscapes of the continental shelf, which made available as much as 20 million square kilometres of new territory during the periods of low sea-level that have persisted for most of human history on this planet, research which is now emerging as a new and pioneer field of archaeological investigation.

I have run field projects on these themes in many parts of the world and have currently active fieldwork interests and engagement in the Arabian Peninsula, Australia, East Africa, and various parts of Europe. 

These projects have led me to work across the boundaries between Archaeology and the Life, Earth and Marine Sciences, and to engage in collaborative projects with many specialists across a wide intellectual spectrum both in the field, in the laboratory, and in the development of interpretive models.

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2017 Visiting Professor of Archaeology, Flinders University, Australia

2004 Anniversary Professor of Archaeology, University of York (Emeritus 2016)

1996 Professor of Archaeology and Head of Department, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

1990 Senior Tutor, Clare Hall, Cambridge

1981 Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

1976 Assistant Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

1974 British Academy Research Fellow (Early History of Agriculture Project), University of Cambridge


Elections, Prizes, Fellowships, Named Lectures

2018 Europa Prize and Lecture, Prehistoric Society, UK

2017 Elected Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA)

2017 King AbdulAziz Prize for a book on Saudi Arabia in non-Arabic languages

2017 Norman Tindale Memorial Lecture, South Australian Museum

2016 Visiting Fellowship, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

2016 Sir John Hood Fellowship, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2014 Elected Member of the Academia Europaea

2012 Fu Ssu-nien Memorial Lectures, Academic Sinica, Republic of China

2010 Elected Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute (Römisch-Germanische Kommission, DAI)

2007 Antiquity Prize for best paper published in Antiquity Journal

2006 British Archaeology Awards in the Channel 4 IT category

2001 Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellow, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

1997 Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

1992 Sir Robert Menzies Trust Australian Bicentennial Fellow, Australian National University

1989 Elected Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge (Life Fellow 1996)

1987 Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA)

1986 Elected Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA)

1986 Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

1971 Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Award for Overseas Research, University of Sydney. Australia

1970 Major State Studentship for Postgraduate Research, University of Cambridge

1967 Open Scholarship in Classics, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Departmental roles

Member: Departmental Research Committee  


Earlier History

I was born and brought up in London, in the featureless suburb of Ilford, which lies on the eastern borderland between the great metropolis and rural Essex, where one was constantly beckoned towards a more exciting world beyond the immediate horizon. It was later renamed Redbridge, a fact that I am reminded of whenever I use the London Underground and look at the map of the Central Line heading East.

When I was 10, my family moved to Bristol, and I spent my teenage years at Bristol Grammar School and came to know a very different part of England, with some of the finest and most varied landscapes in the country on all sides of a great city with a colourful maritime history, and a very fine combination of Georgian architecture and the Downs and its green spaces overlooking the Avon Gorge and Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge.  

As I prepared to go to University, my family returned to the London area, and I went on a year of travels before going up to Cambridge, where I had been offered a College Scholarship largely on the strength of my ability to translate the second leader of the Times editorial into Latin prose and to compose Greek verse.

My archaeological interests have a mixed genealogy, an early enthusiasm for solving jigsaw puzzles and making clay models of dinosaurs almost before I could read and write, regular cycling trips during my Bristol years into the surrounding countryside in search of geological and archaeological sites – most memorably the Triassic fossils at Aust Cliff on the River Severn, the caves of Cheddar Gorge and the Iron Age hillforts of Somerset – a sixth-form specialisation in Ancient History and Classical languages, which offered an entry into a different universe beyond the seemingly rather claustrophobic confines of the modern world, and a youthful interest in human evolution and the writings of Charles Darwin.  

In 1967, before going up to University, I invited myself onto a Palaeolithic cave excavation in northern Greece with Eric Higgs, after seeing a BBC television programme 'The Springs of St. George' about his work. This, I thought, would be a good way of hitching a ride to see some of the places I had learned about in my classical education, and also of discovering if archaeology involved anything more than the study of rather dull and dusty objects and holes in the ground – social anthropology was then my first choice of University subject. That experience opened up a new vista of different ideas, peoples, times and places, which has informed my world view, interests and career ever since.

In Cambridge, I stayed for 29 years, as Undergraduate, Research Student, Research Fellow, University Lecturer, College Fellow, and College Senior Tutor, except for spells of overseas fieldwork including a year in Australia during my PhD research, until I decided it was time to take up a new challenge, moving to the Chair of Archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1996.

Newcastle is a distinctive northern city with its own proud traditions and identity, reminding me of my Bristol days with its unique city-scape and Town Moor, its Tyne bridges marking a famous history of engineering invention associated with the names of Stephenson and Armstrong, and its magnificent countryside on every hand including the hidden gem of the Northumberland coast. In 2004 I moved to take up my present position at the University of York but Newcastle continues to be my home base.



I have world-wide interests in the evolution of terrestrial landscapes and the ways in which geological instabilities resulting from sea-level change and active tectonics at plate margins and in rifts have shaped human lives, livelihoods and long-term evolutionary trajectories. 

I have particular interests in coastal prehistory, in mounded shell middens, which occur in their hundreds of thousands around the coastlines of the world as the most visible archaeological expression of past coastal settlement, in the biomolecular analysis of marine mollusc shells for information on palaeodiet and palaeoclimate, in the relationship between coastal archaeology and changes in sea-level and coastal geomorphology, and in the contribution of coastal environments and marine resources to developments in world prehistory.

These interests have led me on an intellectual and fieldwork Odyssey from the Mesolithic shell mounds of NW Europe to those of tropical Australia, to excavation of Palaeolithic caves in the mountains of NW Greece, to an interest in the role of active tectonics in shaping human landscapes in the Mediterranean, the Near East and Africa, and most recently to explorations of Palaeolithic archaeology, shell mounds and submerged landscapes in SW Arabia and the Farasan Islands of the southern Red Sea. 

I have published 21 books and over 200 scientific papers and coordinated major field projects on these themes, e.g., the Klithi Project, the Africa-Arabia Connections and Southern Red Sea Projects, the Howick and Northumberland Rock Art Projects, Coastal Shell Middens and Agricultural Origins in NW Europe, and the Weipa shell mounds and DHSC projects in Australia 

These projects have given me considerable experience of and insight into the problems of integrating long-term archaeological, geological, palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic records within a spatial and geographical framework, and the challenges of mounting large-scale research programmes that facilitate international and interdisciplinary collaboration, especially across the science-humanities boundary. 

This in turn has led me into a deeper interest in archaeological theories of time and the influence of time scale, time resolution and time perspective on archaeological data, observations and interpretation, the nature of the relationship between what we call the 'present' and the 'past', and the relationship between archaeology and other historical and scientific disciplines.  

Most recently I have been PI of the ERC DISPERSE Project, and Chairman of EU COST Action TD0902 SPLASHCOS, which has brought together archaeologists, marine geoscientists, heritage managers and industrial interests from across Europe to promote research and training on the submerged landscapes of the continental shelf, their importance in the larger picture of world prehistory, their potential for providing new information about sea-level change and its past and future human impact, and the need to better manage the underwater cultural heritage in the face of rapidly expanding natural and man-made threats to its survival.

Select Publications


Bailey GN, Alsharekh AM (eds) 2018.  Palaeolithic Archaeology, Coastal Prehistory and Submerged Landscapes in Southwest Saudi Arabia and the Farasan Islands: DISPERSE Field Reports, 2012–2015. Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Riyadh. 320 pp

Bailey GN, Harff J, Sakellariou D (eds) 2017. Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf. Springer, Cham, ix+436 pp

Flemming N, Harff J, Moura D, Burgess A, Bailey GN (eds) 2017. Submerged Landscapes of the European Continental Shelf: Quaternary Paleoenvironments. Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, xvi+533 pp

Harff J, Bailey G, Lüth F (eds) 2016. Geology and Archaeology: Submerged Landscapes of the Continental Shelf. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 411, v+294 pp

Alsharekh AM, Bailey GN (eds). 2014. Coastal Prehistory in Southwest Arabia and the Farasan Islands: 2004–2009 Field Investigations.  Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, Riyadh, v+215 pp

Bailey GN, Hardy K, Camara A (eds) 2013. Shell Energy: Mollusc Shells as Coastal Resources. OxBow, Oxford, x+320 pp

Bailey GN, Spikins P (eds). 2010 (2nd ed, 1st ed, 2008). Mesolithic Europe. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, xi+479 pp. 

Bailey GN (ed) 1997. Klithi: Palaeolithic Settlement and Quaternary Landscapes in Northwest Greece: 2 vols. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, xxxii+682 pp

Bailey GN, Parkington JE (eds). 1988 (Re-printed 2009). The Archaeology of Prehistoric Coastlines.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, vi +148 pp 


Gutiérrez-Zugasti I, Suárez-Revilla R, Clarke LJ, Schöne BR, Bailey GN, González-Morales MR. 2017. Shell oxygen isotope values and sclerochronology of the limpet Patella vulgata Linnaeus 1758 from northern Iberia: implications for the reconstruction of past seawater temperatures. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 475:162–175

Bailey GN, Devès MH, Inglis RH, et al. 2015. Blue Arabia: Palaeolithic and underwater survey in SW Saudi Arabia and the role of coasts in Pleistocene dispersal. Quaternary International 282:42–57

Bailey GN, Reynolds SC, King GCP. 2011. Landscapes of human evolution: models and methods of tectonic geomorphology and the reconstruction of hominin landscapes. Journal of Human Evolution 60 (3):257–80

Bailey GN, Galanidou N. 2009. Caves, palimpsests and dwelling spaces: examples from the Upper Palaeolithic of south-east Europe. World Archaeology 41 (2):215–24 

Bailey GN, Flemming N. 2008. Archaeology of the continental shelf: marine resources, submerged landscapes and underwater archaeology. Quaternary Science Reviews 27:2153–65

Bailey GN 2007. Time perspectives, palimpsests and the archaeology of time. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 26:198–223

Bailey GN, Flemming N, King GCP, Lambeck K, et al. 2007. Coastlines, submerged landscapes and human evolution: the Red Sea Basin and the Farasan Islands. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 2 (2):127–60

King GCP, Bailey GN 2006. Tectonics and human evolution. Antiquity 80:265–86. (Winner of the Antiquity prize for best paper).

Milner N, Craig OE, Bailey GN, et al. 2004. Something fishy in the Neolithic? A re-evaluation of stable isotope analysis of Mesolithic and Neolithic coastal populations. Antiquity 78:9–22




For additional details on my recent research projects, publications and activities, click on 'View my profile in the York Research Database' at the top of this page 

  • 2017–2020 The Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture 2017–2020, funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Projects Program, with Jonathan Benjamin (Flinders University), Sean Ulm (James Cook University), Peter Veth (University of Western Australia), Jorg Hacker (Flinders University), Michael O’Leary (University of Western Australia), Jo McDonald (University of Western Australia) and Mads Holst (Aarhus University). 
  • 2011–2013 Enhancing Cultural Heritage for Mining Operations, with Patricia Fanning (Macquarie University), Simon Holdaway (University of Auckland), and Justin Shiner (Rio Tinto Alcan), funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Program and Rio Tinto Alcan Proprietary Limited
  • 2011–2013 Climatic Change and Coastal Settlement in Northern Spain, funded by the Royal Society (Newton International Fellowship, with Igor Gutierrez Zugasti)


Previous Major Projects

  • 2008 British Academy: The Southern Red Sea Project (with Abdullah Alsharekh, Garry Momber)
  • 2007 Leverhulme Trust: Submerged Landscape Archaeology of the Continental Shelf (with Penny Spikins, Garry Momber)
  • 2007 AHRC: Underwater Cave Excavation in Gibraltar (with Clive Finlayson, Geraldine Finlayson, Darren Fa, Joaquin Rodriguez-Vidal, Jose Carrion, Garry Momber)
  • 2003 NERC: Africa-Arabia Connections, Coastal Environments, Tectonics and Human Dispersals (with Nic Flemming, Geoffrey King, Kurt Lambeck, Claudio Vita-Finzi, Abdullah Alsharekh)
  • 2003 British Academy Exchange with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • 2002 AHRB: Northumberland Rock Art, the Beckensall Archive (with Clive Waddington, Horacio Ayestaran, Glyn Goodrick, Aron Mazel)
  • 2002 AHRB: Coastal Shell Middens and Agricultural Origins in Atlantic Europe (with Nicky Milner and Oliver Craig)
  • 2000 HLF and English Heritage: Howick Coastal Archaeological Project (with Clive Waddington and Nicky Milner).
  • 1999 Leverhulme Trust: Late Stone Age Hunter-Gatherer Exploitation of Riverine Resources in the Lesotho Highlands (with Peter Mitchell, Ruth Charles and Ina Plug).
  • 1995 NERC: Palaeopathology and the Origins and Consequences of Horse Domestication (with Leo Jeffcot, Marsha Levine, Katherine Whitwell) 
  • 1995 Leverhulme Trust: Aquatic Ecosystems and Complex Societies, the Nile and its Floodplain (with Rosemary Luff)
  • 1993 AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies), Menzies Trust: Geoarchaeological Exploration of the Weipa Shell Mounds (with John Chappell, Roger Cribb)
  • 1992 British Academy, EC Directorate XII (Archaeomedes): Palaeoenvironmental and Landscape Change in NW Greece (with Sander van der Leeuw, Geoffrey King, Sarah Green, Charles Turner, Maria-Fernanda Sánchez-Goñi)
  • 1992 Leverhulme Trust: Non-Linear Dynamic Modelling of Human Ecology in NW Greece (with Nic Winder)   
  • 1983 British Academy, SERC: the Klithi Project, Greece (with Clive Gamble, Pat Carter, Helen Higgs, Colette Roubet, Geoffrey King, Mark Macklin, Charles Turner, Jamie Woodward, Kathy Willis and 22 others)
  • 1983 SERC: Oxygen Isotope Analysis of Coastal Palaeoeconomies (with Nicholas Shackleton, Roy Switsur and Margaret Deith)
  • 1979 British Academy: Palaeolithic Investigations in Northern Greece (with Clive Gamble, Pat Carter and Helen Higgs)
  • 1979 SERC: Carbon and Oxygen Isotope Analysis of Molluscs (with Nicholas Shackleton and Margaret Deith)
  • 1977 British Academy: Midden Analysis of the Norsminde Shell Midden Denmark
  • 1972 Royal Society and AIAS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies): The Weipa Shell Mounds

Research Panel Membership

  • 2009 Member of the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant Panel SH6 ‘The study of the human past: archaeology, history and memory’
  • 2006 AHRC Convening Panel for research applications to the Landscape and Environment Strategic Programme, Member
  • 2004 AHRC Peer Review College, Member
  • 2000 AHRB Postgraduate Studentships Panel for Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, Member
  • 2000 NERC consortium on the EFCHED thematic programme, Member
  • 1987 SERC (SBAC) Programme Advisory Panel on the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, Member
  • 1985 Science-Based Archaeology Committee (SBAC) of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), Member

Research group(s)

The DISPERSE team is a seven-strong group located in York and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, with a wider membership of external specialists and advisors. See the DISPERSE website for full details

The SPLASHCOS network comprises a Management Committee of 58 archaeologists, marine geoscientists and heritage specialists from 25 European States, and a wider participating membership 


(Since 2000)


Abdullah Alsharekh, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Saud Al Ghamdi, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Oliver Craig, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Patricia Fanning, Macquarie University, Australia

Nicholas Flemming, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Nena Galanidou, University of Crete, Greece

Igor Gutierrez Zugasti, University of Cantabria, Spain

Yvette Hancock, Department of Physics, University of York

Karen HardyUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Niklas Hausmann, Foundation for Research Technology, Crete and University of York 

Simon Holdaway, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Geoffrey C.P. King, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France

Kurt Lambeck, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University

Nicky Milner, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Garry Momber, Maritime Archaeology Trust, Southampton

Eelco Rohling, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University

Dimitris Sakellariou, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece

Anthony Sinclair, Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool

Penny Spikins, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Claudio Vita-Finzi, Natural History Museum, London


Recent PhD students



As I am now on a full-time research contract, I no longer contribute to undergraduate teaching 


MSc in Coastal and Marine Archaeology 

(Note that this Programme is currently suspended, pending re-organisation)

External activities



Editorial duties

Membership of Editorial Boards:

Invited talks and conferences


International Lectures (by special invitation)

  • 2016  Hood Fellowship Lecture, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 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 de Paris, France. Advanced Seminar.
  • 2004  King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah
  • 2003  Nara Cultural Properties Research Institute, Japan, Universities of Okayama, Sendai and Tokyo
  • 2002  King Saud University, Riyadh

Conference Organisation

  • 2013. Diversity and Dynamics in the Human-Sea Relation. Trondheim, Norway, 2–7 October 2013. Marine Ventures International Symposium, 2013 (Member of Scientific Committee).
  • 2013. Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes. SPLASHCOS final open conference. University of Szczecin, Poland. (2327 September, co-organiser with Jan Harff, Andrzej Witkowski and others.
  • 2013. Offshore Industry and Archaeology: a Creative Relationship. SPLASHCOS open meeting. University of Southern Denmark and the Offshore Center, Esbjerg, Denmark (1416 March, coorganiser with Thijs Maarleveld).  
  • 2012. SPLASHCOS: Progress Meeting and Workshop on Sea-Level Change. University of Rome 'La Sapienza' (2628 September, coorganiser with Francesco Latino Chiocci)
  • 2012. Geology and Archaeology: Submerged Landscapes of the Continental Shelf. Symposium 3.2 of the 34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia (5–10 August, coorganiser with Jan Harff and Friedrich Lüth).
  • 2012. SPLASHCOS: Research Funding and Planning, Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (24-25 April, coorganiser with Henk Weerts)
  • 2011. SPLASHCOS: Progress Meeting. University of Zadar, Croatia (34 October 2011, coorganiser with Irena Radic Rossi)
  • 2011. SPLASHCOS: Archaeological and Geoscientific Approaches to Submerged Landscapes. Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin (1112 April, coorganiser with Friedrich Lüth), 
  • 2010. SPLASHCOS: Review and Research Planning. Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes, Greece (4–5 October, co-organiser with Dimitris Sakellariou)
  • 2010. SPLASHCOS: Introductory Meeting and Overview. York (10–11 March, organiser) 
  • 2009. SPLASHCOS: Kick-off Meeting. Brussels (4 November)
  • 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)
  • 2001. Host and co-organiser in Newcastle of the annual conference of the Institute of Field Archaeologists, April 2001
  • 1998. Co-organiser of Human Ecodynamics, AEA (Association for Environmental Archaeology) annual conference, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, with Ruth Charles & Nick Winder
  • 1995–96. Joint organiser of Garrod Research Seminars, Cambridge, international and interdisciplinary series on Natural & Social Landscapes, with Sander van der Leeuw.
  • 1994. Co-organiser of First International Conference on the Palaeolithic Archaeology of Greece and Adjacent Areas, Ioannina, Greece, with Eugenia Adam, Eleni Kotzambopoulou, Catherine Perlès, Eleni Panagopoulou & Kostas Zachos
  • 1979. Economic Archaeology Conference, Cambridge, with Alison Sheridan.

Keynote Speaker

  • 2016 Opening speaker, International Conference on the Red Sea, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • 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
  • 1997 Tectonics and the Ecology of Human Evolution. International Symposium on Flood Basalts, Rifting and Paleoclimates in the Ethiopian Rift and the Afar Depression, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9th February.
  • 1993. The Weipa Shell Mounds: Cultural or Natural? Guest speaker, Australian Archaeological Association, Annual Conference, Darwin.
  • 1988. British School at Athens Archaeological Science Symposium, guest speaker and discussant, Athens, Greece.

Invited Speaker

  • 2016. Dynamic Landscapes, Sea-Level Change and Human Evolution, University of Sydney, Australia, April, 2016
  • 2016. There's a Whale in My Bathtub! Submerged Landscapes, Lost Worlds and the Coastal Factor in Prehistory, Auckland Museum, New Zealand, April, 2016
  • 2016  Palimpsests, Time Perspectives and the Problem of Missing Data: Where Next? Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, April, 2016
  • 2016 Dynamic Landscapes, Sea-Level Change and Human Evolution. University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, Apri,l 2016.
  • 2016 The Red Sea as Bridge and Barrier. International Workshop on ‘The Red Sea, its Origin, Structure and Environment’, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, February, 2016
  • 2016 Hominin Dispersal and Submerged Landscapes. University of Athens Palaeolithic lecture series, Athens, Greece, January 2016
  • 2015 The Evolution of the Red Sea as a Human Habitat during the Quaternary Period. Lecture at ISMAR (Istituto di Scienze Marine), Bologna, Italy, 11 February, 2015.
  • 2014 Sea-Level Change and Human History: the Red Sea as a Global Laboratory. Lecture at the Saudi Geological Survey, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 10 December, 2014
  • 2014 The Significance of Submerged Landscapes and Underwater Cultural Heritage. Opening Lecture at the SeArch Project One-Day research seminar and public meeting: 
  • 2016. Dynamic Landscapes, Sea-Level Change and Human Evolution, University of Sydney, Australia, April, 2016
  • 2016. There's a Whale in My Bathtub! Submerged Landscapes, Lost Worlds and the Coastal Factor in Prehistory, Auckland Museum, New Zealand, April, 2016
  • 2016 Palimpsests, Time Perspectives and the Problem of Missing Data: Where Next? Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, April, 2016
  • 2016. Dynamic Landscapes, Sea-Level Change and Human Evolution, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, April, 2016
  • 2016. The Red Sea as Bridge and Barrier. International Workshop on ‘The Red Sea, its Origin, Structure and Environment’, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, February, 2016
  • 2016. Hominin Dispersal and Submerged Landscapes. University of Athens Palaeolithic lecture series, Athens, Greece, January 2016
  • 2015. The Evolution of the Red Sea as a Human Habitat during the Quaternary Period. Lecture at ISMAR (Istituto di Scienze Marine), Bologna, Italy, 11 February, 2015. 
  • 2014. Sea-Level Change and Human History: the Red Sea as a Global Laboratory. Lecture at the Saudi Geological Survey, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 10 December, 2014
  • 2014. The Significance of Submerged Landscapes and Underwater Cultural Heritage. Opening Lecture at the SeArch Project One-Day research seminar and public meeting: ‘Archaeology and Underwater Landscapes: Buried and Drowned Witnesses from a North Sea Past’. Bruges, Belgium, 24 November, 2014
  • 2014 Hidden Prehistory and the Underwater Heritage: a Global Vision. Calpe 2014 conference: In the Footsteps of the Ancestors: a Universal Heritage of Everyone. Gibraltar, 20 September
  • 2014 Prehistory in the Farasan Islands: Above and Below the Sea. International Conference: European Archaeologists in Arabia: Discovering the Kingdom’s Heritage, National Conference Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 11 May.
  • 2014 Dynamic Coasts, Submerged Landscapes and Arabian Dispersals. Conference on: Green Arabia: Human Prehistory at the Crossroads of Continents.  St. John’s College, Oxford, 4 April
  • 2013 Submerged Coastlines, Archipelagos and the Long-term History of Coastal Dispersal. ‘Marine Ventures Symposium, Trondheim, Norway’, 3 October
  • 2013 Africa-Arabia Connections: Earliest Human Dispersals and Geoarchaeological Exploration of the Continental Shelf of the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia (with Dimitris Sakellariou, et al.). SPLASHCOS final conference, Szczecin, Poland:  Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes, 25 September.
  • 2013 Sea Level Change, the Coastal Shelf and Submerged Archaeological Sites in the Context of the Great Human Dispersals. Calpe 2013 conference: Caves as Archives: the Rock of Gibraltar as a Case Study. Gibraltar, 15 September.
  • 2013 Submerged Landscapes and Marine Geosciences: an Archaeological Perspective. ‘All at Sea’ Conference, York, 4 July, 2013.
  • 2013 The Evolution of the Red Sea as a Human Habitat in the Quaternary Period. International Workshop on ‘The Red Sea, its Origin, Structure and Environment’, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia February.
  • 2012 Submerged Prehistory: the Missing Piece in the Puzzle. Wenner-Gren Workshop on ‘Island Archaeology and the Origins of Seafaring in the Eastern Mediterranean’, Reggo Calabria, Italy, October. 
  • 2010, 2011 Annual Meetings 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.
  • 2008 The Persian Gulf in History and Prehistory, Durham, UK.
  • 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
  • 2006. EFCHED Finale, British Museum, London
  • 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
  • 1986. British School at Athens Centenary Conference.  Invited public lecture, Athens 

Media coverage

Auckland March 2016

Contact details

Prof. Geoff Bailey
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor

Tel: (44) 1904 323917