Karen Ruebens

Karen Ruebens

University of Southampton
Avenue Campus
SO17 1BF

Position: Ph.D. Researcher

Research interests

       While doing an Undergraduate degree in Archaeology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) I got enticed by the Palaeolithic and ended up studying the Middle Palaeolithic assemblage of Oosthoven (Northern Belgium) for my UG dissertation, which was supervised by Professor Philip Van Peer.

      To pursue my interest in the Palaeolithic I joined the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins (CAHO, University of Southampton) to study their Master’s programme which heavily focuses on lithic analyses.  In my Master’s dissertation I examined the presence of bifacial elements in continental Northwestern Europe during the last glacial cycle (MIS5d-3), to come to a better understanding of the relationship between the Mousterian, Micoquian/Keilmessergruppe and ‘mixed’ assemblages.

        I am now in the final year of my PhD research at CAHO and my thesis looks at the macro-regional variability present amongst Late Middle Palaeolithic bifacial tools in Western Europe. My research aims to bridge knowledge from different areas (UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany), which was previously obscured by the application of different terminologies and typologies by different academic traditions. I collected data from 14 Late Middle Palaeolithic sites rich in bifacial tools (Lynford (UK); Oosthoven and Grotte du Docteur (Belgium); Sint-Geertruid (Netherlands); Sesselfeslgrotte and Königsaue (Germany); Saint-Just en Chaussée, Saint-Julien de la Liègue, Bois du Rocher, Champlost, Le Moustier, Haut de Combe Capelle, Pech de l’Azé I and Abri du Musée (France)) and am currently writing up my results.

I enjoy being in the field and throughout my studies I have been participating in fieldwork projects at Saleux (France), Jonzac (France), Beedings (UK), Caours (France) and Jebel Irhoud (Morocco). Currently I am involved in two fieldwork projects: new excavations at the MTA site of Haut de Combe Capelle; and the Quaternary Archaeology and Environments of Jersey (QAEJ) project which undertakes new investigations at the sites of La Cotte de St Brélade (MP) and Les Varines (UP). 

For contact details and pdf's visit my academia profile.