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Prehistory of Eurasia Research Group

A research group of the Department of Archaeology.

The Prehistory of Eurasia research group captures the diversity of international research taking place at Durham in this broad period/area range. This vibrant body of researchers and post-graduate students covers topics ranging in time from the Lower Palaeolithic to the end of the Iron Age, and in space from Torquay to Damascus. The group combines competing theoretical and empirical backgrounds to create new synergies in cross-period and cross-area discourse. The aim is to transcend traditional and restrictive theoretical pigeon-holes by providing a forum in which broad-ranging and widely informed interpretation is the norm.
The group is active in both scholarly publications and fieldwork. Recent major works include: The British Palaeolithic: hominin societies at the edge of the Pleistocene World (Pettitt and White, 2012, Routledge); Atlantic Europe in the first millennium BC. Crossing the divide (Moore and Armada 2011); Landscapes of Neolithic Brittany (Scarre, 2011, OUP); Parts and wholes. Fragmentation in prehistoric context. (Chapman & Gaydarska, 2007. Oxbow) and An Archaeology of the Senses: Prehistoric Malta. (Skeates, 2010, OUP).
Fieldwork sits at the heart of the group's activities. Recent and ongoing work includes new excavations at two classic British Cave sites, Kent's Cavern and Creswell Crags; excavation of Neolithic landscapes on the Channel Island of Herm; excavation of two new Mesolithic sites on the Western Isles of Scotland; excavations of four Neolithic and Bronze Age caves in central Sardinia; excavations and survey of a unique Late La Tène unenclosed settlement in Burgundy and the Late Iron Age oppidum of Bagendon, Gloucestershire.; and the work on the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age occupations at the key sites of Tell Nebi Mend in the Orontes Valley region of Syria, and Tell esh-Shuna on the east side of the Jordan Valley. In 2012 members of the Prehistory of Eurasia group (Chapman, Gaydarska) won a major grant from the AHRC (~£650k) and Marie Curie Trust to make a comparative study of the Tripolye mega-sites of the Uman Region, Ukraine, with the Lengyel rondels of SW Hungary.

Further details of some of our current projects can be found here:
The Herm Project
The Shuna Project
Tell Nebi Mend Post-Excavation and Publication Project
Journeys to the Underworld: Ritual Transformations of Persons, Objects and Caves in Prehistoric Central Sardinia

Postgraduate Opportunities in Prehistory

We welcome enquiries about potential research projects at post-graduate and post-doctoral levels, and encourage interested scholars to contact relevant people within the research group in the first instance.

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  • Scarre, Chris (2011). The living stones of Brittany. British Archaeology 121: 36-41.
  • Roberts, B.W. & Veysey, C. (2011). Trading Places. British Museum Magazine 70: 44-45.

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