Dr Matt Pope
Dr Matt Pope works for the Institute of Archaeology at UCL, London. He studies early human behaviour and how prehistoric people adapt to changing environment. He is particularly interested in the evolution of human hunting behaviour and their use of landscape. He has led research excavation in Southern Britain looking at the earliest evidence for human occupation in the region dating to half a million years ago. He teaches the archaeology of human evolution and coordinates multidisciplinary field investigation. He is passionate about communicating the results of human origins research and explaining why understanding human adaptation is important to society.
Dr Beccy Scott
Dr Beccy Scott works in the Department of Prehistory and Europe at the British Museum, specialising in the behaviour of early Neanderthals in North West Europe. She is particularly interested in how Neanderthals came to “act like” Neanderthals, using their stone tools to reconstruct how they moved within their landscapes, and modified their environments. Beccy investigates the texture of Neanderthal landscapes beyond river valleys, and excavates sites on the upland interfluves of Southern Britain. She has studied Neanderthal technology from Britain, Northern France and Belgium, as part of the AHOB projects, and is the author of “Becoming Neanderthals”.
Dr Martin Bates
Dr Martin Bates studies the evolving river valleys, estuaries and coasts of North West Europe over the last million years. He undertook PhD research in southern England and Normandy, and continues to investigate the Channel region, studying raised beaches and coastal sediments. He also studies submerged landscapes and post-glacial flooding of dryland areas, working in the Channel, the Irish Sea, and around Orkney. He is a lecturer at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (Lampeter) and has over 60 academic publications (Pleistocene and Holocene), including monographs on archaeological investigations in advance of the HS1 railway in southern England.
Dr Chantal Conneller
Dr Chantal Conneller specialises in the European Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. Her doctoral work focused on understanding Mesolithic technologies in the landscape surrounding Star Carr, where has co-directed major excavations since 2004. She also investigates how people lived in changing late glacial/early Holocene landscapes, especially the Channel Islands and the now-drowned North Sea Plain. A second project focuses on death in the British Mesolithic, and what disarticulation and reassembly tells us about human and animal bodies. She is particularly interested in technology, human bodies, animals and stone, and is the author of “An Archaeology of Materials”.
Dr Andy Shaw
Dr Andy Shaw is an expert on changing hominin behaviour in Europe and the Near East over the last million years. He studies stone tools, using them to look at changes in human technology and landuse, and has worked extensively in Britain, Syria, and Lebanon. He is adept using archive data to address new research questions. Andy works at the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins at the University of Southampton on the “Crossing the Threshold” project, researching the origins of long-term occupation sites, focussed on the exceptional sequence from La Cotte de St.Brelade.
Dr Richard Bates
Dr Bates is a Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews with a PhD in Applied Geophysics. His research focus is on high resolution geophysics and its application to a range of issues from climate change studies to palaeo-environmental reconstruction. This includes marine survey for maritime archaeological investigations as well as terrestrial surveying for on-shore archaeology and environmental mapping. He has led large research projects on wide area mapping and monitoring of biological habitats and maritime archaeological resources for national conservation organizations and European partnerships. A number of these have resulted in the development of new protocols and guidelines, for example for marine geophysics for archaeology (English Heritage, 2013).
Dr Ed Blinkhorn
Dr Ed Blinkhorn studies prehistoric hunter-gatherer life in North West Europe, investigating what evidence survives and how that evidence is discovered. He specialised in the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology of England for his PhD, looking at 20 years’ worth of field reports generated by developer-funded work as part of the planning process. Interests in ground and aerial-based prospection methods have led him to work on projects around the world, including Sudan, Greece, Barbados and Oman, though he is still a keen excavator when given the opportunity.