Mark Roberts, UCL, Principal Research Fellow and Project Director.

Led research at Boxgrove since 1982. His research interests include the early human colonisation of Europe, Middle Pleistocene chronostratigraphy, its impact upon archaeological theory, and hominin behaviour during the Middle Pleistocene. Mark is a member of the Arbeitsgruppe Mauer, based in Heidelberg, which is researching the chronology, palaeoenvironments and behaviour of Middle Pleistocene hominids belonging to the species Homo heidelbergensis. He is also the principle British contributor to the European Science Foundation work-shop on the earliest occupation of Europe. In 1994/95, he was awarded the Stopes medal for services to Quaternary geology and Palaeolithic archaeology.


Matt Pope, UCL, Senior Research Fellow. Deputy Director

Currently coordinating research on the Neanderthal site of La Cotte de St Brelade and contributing to undergraduate and masters teaching at the IOA, Matt supervised excavations at Boxgrove between 1995 and 1997. He continues to study aspects of assemblage taphonomy and technology at the site. His current research is aimed at reconstructing hominid activity and the interpretation of hominid landuse patterns in the Middle Pleistocene. Matt completed his PhD at Southampton University in 2002. He is an Honorary Associate member of the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins at Southampon (CAHO) and Vice Chair of the Lithic Studies Society.


Simon Parfitt, UCL, Senior Research Fellow.

His primary research interests include the taphonomy, palaeoecology and evolution of British mammalian fauna, particularly the early Middle Pleistocene. Currently on secondment to the AHOB project, he is involved in a number of collaborative research projects incorporating faunal material from multi-period archaeological sites in Britain, Europe and North Africa.


Excavations at Boxgrove began in 1985 and subsequently developed into a large multidisciplinary research project, utilising over forty specialists from the many disciplines that constitute Quaternary Research. The project is run on a multidisciplinary basis to ensure that the archaeological material, which consists of flint bifacial tools, the debitage from their manufacture and butchered animal remains, are placed accurately in temporal, spatial and palaeoenvironmental context.

The specialists who have worked with the Project include:

Phil Gibbard University of Cambridge (Pollen).

Simon Hillson. UCL. Hominin material

Jonathon Holmes UCL. Isotope Analysis

Peter Hopson British Geological Survey (Solid rock geology).

Richard MacPhail (Sediment micromorphology).

Richard Preece University of Cambridge (Molluscs).

Clive Roberts University of Wolverhampton (Electrical imaging).

Chris Stringer Natural History Musuem. Hominin material.

John Whittaker Natural History Museum (Invertebrate microfauna).

Jeremy Young Natural History Musuem (Calcareous nanoplanktons).

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