- Primary position:
- Reader in Archaeological Sciences
- Other positions:
- Deputy Head of Archaeology
After graduating with a BSc in Archaeological Sciences from Bradford University, and working for English Heritage and The British Museum, I completed my doctoral research at Oxford University on uranium-series dating of archaeological bone. After eight years at the University of Bristol, including three years as Head of Archaeology and Anthropology, I moved to the University of Southampton. I sit on the Editorial Advisory Board of Australian Archaeology, and on the NERC Radiocarbon facility steering committee.
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
I research in several areas of archaeological science. These include the development of dating methods for bone beyond the range of radiocarbon, novel applications of dating methods, and the use of isotopes in the reconstruction of human lifeways. My current research focuses on uranium-series disequilibrium dating and the chronology of modern human evolution, and is providing insights into the timing of the appearance of the earliest anatomically modern humans in Africa, and the disappearance of the last Neanderthals in Iberia. In parallel, my work on dating of Palaeolithic cave art has shown the oldest dated cave painting to be in Iberia, at least as old as the arrival of modern humans to the region and has significant implications for the evolution of symbolic behaviour.
My interest in applications of strontium isotope analysis to human migration and animal herding studies, has resulted in a large scale isotopic survey of 3rd Millennium BC Saxon-Anhalt in Germany; the positive identification of Princess Eadgyth's remains in Magdeburg cathedral; and a genetic and isotopic study of a late Neolithic nuclear family. I have worked on the development of laser ablation multi-collector mass spectrometry methods that can now be successfully employed to measure intra-tooth variation of strontium isotopes at high spatial resolution, and which are being used to reconstruct herding practices at Neolithic Swiss lake villages. I have also worked on provenance studies using lead isotopes in copper, bronze and also gold artefacts.
Primary research group: Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins
EUROTAST is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), supporting a new generation of science and humanities researchers to uncover and interpret new evidence on the history and contemporary legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. The network will be running for four years from 2012 to 2016, and will enable 13 PhD researchers in history, archaeology, social anthropology and population genetics to work collaboratively across disciplines to provide new perspectives on this history.
- ARCH1047: Archaeological Science (instructor)
- ARCH1009: Archaeological Materials (instructor)
- ARCH3036: Molecular Archaeology (instructor)
- ARCH6024: Human Skeletal Biology: Reconstructing Lifeways (instructor)
- ARCH1005: Archaeological Method (instructor)
- ARCH1057: Archaeological Thought (instructor)ARCH3025: Dissertation (co-ordinator)
- ARCH3038: Material Science in Ceramic and Lithics (instructor)
- ARCH6028: Ceramics and Lithics in Context (instructor)
I am willing to supervise PhD students on projects covering chronological or isotopic methods. Areas include uranium series dating; cave art; isotopic provenance studies; isotopic reconstruction of human lifeways (Sr, O, C, N isotopes).
Current PhD supervision includes:
- The Rock art of Central India
- Radiocarbon dating of the Mediterranean Neolithic
- An isotopic study of slavery and enforced migrations
- Strontium diagenesis in tooth enamel
- An isotopic study of diet and body height