- U-Th dating
- Radiocarbon dating
- Reconstruction of mobility using Sr and O isotopes, including time resolved measurements by laser ablation
- Reconstruction of past diets using C and N isotopes
- The origins of Modern Humans
Alistair researches 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 including the dating of Palaeolithic cave paintings, and the use of isotopes in the reconstruction of human lifeways.