Dr John McNabb
Senior Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology
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Dr John McNabb is a Senior Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology at the University of Southampton.
I began my archaeological career at Lancaster University. Dr Roger Jacobi was an inspirational lecturer and he kindled a passion for human origins research that has never dimmed. After my BA I went to the Institute of Archaeology in London to do an MA under the equally inspiring Dr Mark Newcomer. It was he who set me to look at the excavated material from the Barnfield Pit, Swanscombe, which had not been published at that time. This became the core of my doctoral dissertation on the Clactonian, an industry that is still very close to my heart. After completing my Ph.D I worked as a volunteer assistant at the British Museum where I collaborated with friends and colleagues on publishing Swanscombe and working on other British Lower Palaeolithic sites. In 1995 I replaced Professor John Gowlett for a year at Liverpool while he was on sabbatical. I stayed on as an Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool working on further publications of British Lower Palaeolithic sites and collaborating with colleagues from Liverpool and Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, on Earlier Stone Age sites in South Africa.
I joined the Southampton department in 2000. Since then I have worked on a number of projects, completed my African research, and developed new interests in the history of Human Origins research. Most recently I have been collaborating with colleagues from the University of Crete to excavate and analyse the first extensive Lower Palaeolithic site in Greece, on the island of Lesvos. I am also developing other reseach interests in Tanzania with colleagues from the University of Dar-es-Salaam and the University of Brighton.