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Dr Richard Jennings

Affiliate Researcher

Biography

A key interest of mine is the application of GIS in archaeology, and in the development of spatial databases for research and heritage management.

I graduated from Auckland University with an M.A. in Anthropology and Near Eastern History and completed my doctorate at Oxford University in 2008 on the late survival of Neanderthal populations of southern Iberia. A key interest of mine is the application of GIS in archaeology, and in the development of spatial databases for research and heritage management. I recently completed a two-year archaeology lecturing post at University College Cork, Ireland. My other main research interests are in the interpretation of human prehistory from a biogeographical perspective.

Specifically, I am interested in the relationship between the distribution of Palaeolithic archaeological sites and the extent of the Saharo-Arabian belt, where the continued presence of grassland/mosaic environments would have been instrumental in the range expansion and survival of hominin populations during the Pleistocene, and in the emergence of agriculture and the development of complex societies in the ancient Near East.

I have considerable fieldwork and mapping experience from undertaking or participating on archaeological research projects in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa and the Levant, as well as southern Iberia, the Caucasus Mountains, Ireland, United Kingdom and New Zealand. I am director of the Gorham’s Cave excavations in Gibraltar and Principal Investigator of the Dungarvan Valley Caves Project, Ireland..

Contact

Contact Information:
School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, Hayes House, 75 George Street, 1st Floor Oxford, OX1 2BQ