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Dr  Ben R Pears BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Research Fellow in Geoarchaeology

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Dr Ben R Pears is a Research Fellow in Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton, whose research specialisms lie in the geoarchaeology of human-environment interactions throughout the prehistoric and historic periods, particularly in fluvial, agricultural and marginal landscapes of NW Europe.

Qualifications:

PhD Geoarchaeology (2009) University of Stirling – Environmental Sciences.

MSc Geoarchaeology (2002) University of Reading – Archaeology.

BSc (Hons) Geology (2001) University of Derby – Earth Sciences

Research interests

  • Geoarchaeology
  • Historic Landscapes
  • Fluvial & Terrestrial Interactions
  • Agricultural & Settlement History
  • Multi Proxy Sediment Analysis

Research projects

TerrACE (ERC) with Universities of UiT, Barcelona, Padova, Milan, Saltzburg, Louvain, York

Research into the development, use and history of agricultural terraces and cultivation practice across Europe from prehistory to the post medieval periods.

Sea of Moyle (AHRC) with Universities of UiT, Newcastle, Belfast

Research into the settlement and occupation of island communities off the north of Ireland and Western Scotland.

Blick Mead, Wiltshire with Universities of UiT, Buckingham

Geoarchaeological and palaeoenvironmental research of buried Mesolithic structures, soils and faunal tracks in the alluvial/terrestrial margin of the Stonehenge landscape.

Flood and Flow (Leverhulme) with Universities of Leicester, Nottingham, Wales

Research into the relationship between watery place-names and physical riverine landscapes in British river systems.

Fields of Britannia (Leverhulme) University of Exeter

Research into the nature of the historic landscape character between the Romano-British and medieval periods (c.1st to 10th centuries AD).

Research group

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

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