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Dr Dustin White

Research Fellow

Dr Dustin White

Dr Dustin White is a Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

My academic interests are in the fields of geoarchaeology and Eurasian prehistory. For many years I have worked in the Lake Baikal area of southern Siberia investigating late Pleistocene/Holocene floodplain and terrace sequences, multi-proxy lake sediment core data, and the archaeological record of the region, initially as part of my PhD research at the University of Alberta (Canada) followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge. From 2008-2013 I was a postdoc with the RESET Project, linked to both the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford and Archaeology at Southampton, examining the distribution of volcanic cryptotephra and its application to Palaeolithic research in Europe and North Africa. I am currently involved in the development of a new research project investigating the potential of cryptotephra in refining the chronology and climatic context of human evolution in the Levant.

Research interests

My research themes involve the reconstruction of site formation processes, climate and environmental change, and human palaeoecology. Most recently I have been collecting data from Middle and Upper Palaeolithic cave and rock shelter sites across western Eurasia as part of a collaborative study of distal volcanic cryptotephra as a means both to enhance site chronological resolution and to improve synchronisation of archaeological and geological records through common tephra marker horizons. I am also collaborating in new lake coring and Palaeolithic research in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia.

Research project(s)

RESET (RESponse of humans to abrupt Environmental Transitions) - Dormant

This research consortium, involving scientists from four institutions in the UK (the Geography and Earth Science Departments of Royal Holloway University of London, the School of Archaeology in Oxford University, the National Oceanography Centre and the Department of Archaeology in University of Southampton, and the Natural History Museum), has been awarded £3.4 million to develop a novel approach to assessing how humans may have responded to rapid environmental changes in the recent past.

BHAP (Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project)

The Baikal-Hokkaido Archeology Project (BHAP) is an international and multi-disciplinary team of scholars investigating Middle Holocene hunter-gatherer culture dynamics in two regions of the world:  the Lake Baikal region of Siberia, Russia and Hokkaido, Japan.

Not teaching in 2014/15

Dr Dustin White
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

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