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Dr Frederick Foulds, PhD, AFHEA

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(email at frederick.foulds@durham.ac.uk)

About Frederick Foulds

Frederick is currently a Library Assistant in the Education and Research Support Services Team and also acts as the Library's Open Access Publications Officer alongside Sarah Hyland. His roles include managing Open Access information, processing module reading lists, managing the Recommend a Book service, and working as part of the Durham Research Online team. If you have any questions regarding library services, he will be happy to help.

Frederick also specialises as a researcher in the Palaeolithic of Britiain and Europe. He has conducted research projects examining interactions between anatomically modern humans and Neanderthals, the Neanderthal extinction, and the applications of social theory to Lower Palaeolithic material culture. Frederick's published work has focused on aspects of refitting analysis and its applications in identifying idiosyncratic markers of production technique, 3D scanning of stone tools, and he has recently published edited volumes on experimental archaeology and Palaeolithic/Mesolithic research. He has also edited papers for the European Journal of Archaeology and regularly reviews papers for Lithics, the journal of the Lithic Studies Society. He is currently working on assessing possible causes of battering on Acheulean handaxes, as well as a reassessment of the Middle Palaeolithic occupation of the Axe Valley.

Frederick has conducted fieldwork focusing on a variety of periods in Britian, Spain and Saudi Arabia. He is currently involved in the AHRC funded project "Songs of the Caves: acoustics and prehistoric art in Cantabrian caves", as well as the ERC funded "DISPERSE - Dynamic Landscapes, Coastal Environments and Human Dispersals" project in conjunction with the University of York. He has also been working with Profs Mark White and Paul Pettitt on the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic occupation of Britain at Anston Stones, South Yorkshire last year (2015) and will continue this year at both Anston Stones and Mother Grundy's Parlour (Creswell Crags). He also acts as a consultant and lithic specialist for the Royal Archaeological Institute funded "New Light on Old Sites" project.

Frederick is interested in collaborating on any aspect of Palaeolithic research and is able to provide consultancy services as a lithic analyst for all prehistoric periods.

Grants and Awards

  • John Wymer Bursary, 2016.
  • Department of Archaeology Research Dialogue Grant, 2010.
  • Durham University Conference and Events Grant, 2010.
  • Trevelyan Trust Travel Grant, 2009.
  • Durham Doctoral Fellowship, 2008-2011.
  • Trevelyan Trust Travel Grant, 2007.

Papers Read at Professional Meetings

Conference papers:

  • 2016: Lower Paleolithic Technology and Activity in South West Saudi Arabia: Investigations of the DISPERSE Project in Jizan and Asir Provinces. Given with R. H. Inglis, A. Sinclair, A.Shuttleworth, G. Bailey & A. Alsharekh to the Lower Palaeolithic in Arabia Workshop, University of Tubingen, Germany. 24-26th July 2016.
  • 2015: The Palaeolithic Occupation of the Southern Red Sea Coastline, Southwestern Saudi Arabia. Given with Robyn Inglis, Anthony Sinclair, Andrew Shuttleworth, Abdullah Alsharek, Saud Al Ghamdi and Geoff Bailey to the Unravelling the Palaeolithic conference, Oxford, 22 April 2015.
  • 2015: Getting it right: experimental assemblage accuracy in the analysis of Palaeolithic technologies. Given to the Experimental approaches to the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic conference, Reading, 28 March 2015.
  • 2014: Music with Rocks in: Investigating percussion damage on Acheulean handaxes. Given with Prof. Mark White to Wild Things 2.0: further advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic research, Durham, 10 January 2014.
  • 2012: Imperceptible Individuals: issues in the application of social theory to Palaeolithic contexts. Given to the Where the Wild Things Are: recent advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic research, Durham, 25 March 2012.
  • 2010: The Enigmatic Handaxe: in search of idiosyncrasies in bifacial technology. Given to the Past Lives From Cold Stone: 30 Years of the Lithic Studies Society, Oxford, 27 February 2010
  • 2009: Unchaining the Individual: Attribution experiments on Palaeolithic Handaxes. Given at the Theoretical Archaeology Group conference, Durham, 19 December 2009.
  • 2009: Putting theory to the test: the application of social theory to Palaeolithic archaeology. Given at the Theoretical Archaeology Group conference, Durham, 18 December 2009.

Posters:

  • 2014: The possibilities of tracing idiosyncrasy within percussive technologies. Poster presented at the Percussive Technology and Human Evolution conference, UCL, 18-19 September 2014.
  • 2013: It’s Hammer Time! Investigating percussion damage on Acheulean handaxes. Poster presented at the Unravelling Human Origins conference, Cambridge, 18-19 January 2013.
  • 2012: Bottoms Up: The possibilities of analysing the individual in the Palaeolithic. Poster presented at the Human Origins: Behaviour, Environment and Technology conference, Liverpool University, 26-28 January 2012.
  • 2011: Bottoms Up: The possibilities of analysing the individual in the Palaeolithic. Poster presented at the Palaeolithic/Mesolithic Conference, British Museum, 17-18 November 2011.

As an invited speaker:

  • 2010: Palaeolithic Individual, Fact or Fiction? Given to the Cambridge Field Archaeology Club, 27 October 2010.

Research Interests

  • Hominin evolution
  • Hominin behaviour
  • History of Palaeolithic archaeology
  • Lithic technology and analysis
  • Quaternary geology
  • Lower and Middle Palaeolithic of Europe
  • The Middle/Upper Palaeolithic Transition in Europe

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

Edited book

Book review

Doctoral Thesis

Journal Article

Report

  • Foulds, F.W.F. (2017). Barningham Moor, Access Tracks, County Durham 2016: Lithic Assessment Report. Unpublished Specialist Report for Northern Archaeological Associates.
  • Foulds, F.W.F. (2016). Aldi Regional Distribution Centre, Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire, April/May 2016: Lithic Analysis Report. Unpublished Specialist Report for Northern Archaeological Associates.
  • Foulds, F.W.F. (2016). Wensley Quarry, North Yorkshire 2015: Lithic Analysis Report. Unpublished Specialist Report for Northern Archaeological Associates.
  • Foulds, F.W.F. (2016). West Stonesdale Pipeline, Yorkshire Dales National Park, 2015: Lithic Assessment Report. Unpublished Specialist Report for Northern Archaeological Associates.
  • Foulds, F.W.F. (2016). White House Farm, Northumberland 2015: Lithic Analysis Report. Unpublished Specialist Report for Northern Archaeological Associates.
  • Inglis, R.H., Foulds, F.W.F., Shuttleworth, A., Alsharekh, A.M., Al Ghamdi, S., Sinclair, A.G. & Bailey, G.N. (2015). 'The Palaeolithic Occupation of the Harrat Al Birk' Preliminary report on 2015 fieldwork in Asir Province, southwest Saudi Arabia. Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities/University of York.
  • Foulds, F.W.F. (2015). Brignall, County Durham, 2015: Lithic Analysis Report. Unpublished Specialist Report for Northern Archaeological Associates.
  • Foulds, F.W.F. (2015). Hawkesley, County Durham, 2015: Lithic Analysis Report. Unpublished Specialist Report for Northern Archaeological Associates.
  • Foulds, F.W.F. (2015). Saighton Camp, Chester 2014: Lithic Analysis, Assessment Report. Unpublished Specialist Report for Northern Archaeological Associates.

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