About our staff
Dr Robert Dinnis
After completing degrees in Archaeology and Prehistory (BA) and Palaeoanthropology (MSc) I undertook PhD research examining the early modern human (Aurignacian) occupation of Britain and northwestern Europe. Following my PhD I took up a post-doctoral research position with the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) project based at the British Museum, before moving to Edinburgh as an Early Career Fellow in October 2012.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Britain & Ireland
My research interests comprise various aspects of the European late Middle and Upper Palaeolithic periods, including stone tool technology and function, chronology and palaeogeography. I am particularly interested in the replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans, as well as how human societies responded to the changing climates and environments of the last Ice Age.
I am also a keen field archaeologist. Over the past few years I have directed and co-directed several excavations at Middle/Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic cave sites across Britain. These include Long Hole (Gower: Aurignacian), Ffynnon Beuno Cave (Denbighshire: LRJ/Aurignacian. With C. Conneller.) and Church Hole at Creswell Crags (Nottinghamshire: Middle/Upper Palaeolithic. Dir. P. Pettitt).
Current research activities
My three main current research areas are:
- Radiocarbon dating the appearance and initial stages of the Gravettian across Europe (with K. Douka and T. Higham).
- Initial modern human colonisation of northwestern Europe. In addition to work on material from my own excavations, I am also researching other British and continental European late Neanderthal and early modern human assemblages with colleagues at home and abroad.
- Chrono-cultural similarities and differences between Eastern and Western Europe during the Early Upper Palaeolithic (with T. Higham).
Dinnis, R. In Press. L’Aurignacien de Grande Bretagne. In P. Bodu, L. Chehmana, L. Klaric. L. Mevel, S. Soriano & N. Teyssandier (ed.), Le Paléolithique supérieur ancien de l’Europe du Nord-ouest (35000-15000 BP) : Réflexions et synthèses à partir d’un projet collectif de recherche sur le Paléolithique supérieur ancien du Bassin parisien. Mémoire de la Société Préhistorique Française.
Dinnis, R. In Press. Identification of Long Hole (Gower) as an Aurignacian site. Lithics: The Journal of the Lithic Studies Society.
Dinnis, R., Davies, J., Boulton, J. M., Reynolds, N., Schouten, R., Smith, G. M., Souter, E. M. & Chamberlain, A. T. 2013. Archaeological excavations at two caves in Bishopston Valley, Gower, South Wales, UK. Cave and Karst Science 40(1): 17-21.
Dinnis, R. & Ebbs, C. 2013. Cave deposits of North Wales: some comments on their archaeological importance and an inventory of sites of potential importance. Cave and Karst Science 40(1): 28-34.
Dinnis, R. 2012. The timing of Aurignacian occupation of the British Peninsula. Quartär 59: 67-83.
Dinnis, R. 2012. The archaeology of Britain’s first modern humans. Antiquity 86: 627-641.
Dinnis, R. 2011. The Paviland burin, the burin busqué and Aurignacian occupation of Britain. Anthropologica et Præhistorica 122: 5-17.
Dinnis, R., Davies, J. & Chamberlain, A. 2010. Non-invasive assessment of the archaeological potential of cave deposits: the example of Bishopston Valley Caves, Gower, South Wales. Cave and Karst Science 37(2), 45-48.
Dinnis, R., Pawlik, A. & Gaillard, C. 2009. Bladelet cores as weapon tips?: Hafting residue identification and micro-wear analysis of three carinated burins from the late Aurignacian of Les Vachons, France. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 1922–1934.
Pettitt, P. B., Jacobi, R. M., Chamberlain, A. T., Pike, A. W. G., Schreve, D., Wall, I., Dinnis, R. & Wragg Sykes, R. 2009. Excavations outside Church Hole, Creswell Crags: the first three seasons (2006-8). Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire 113: 35-53.
Dinnis, R. 2008. On the technology of late Aurignacian burin and scraper production, and the importance of the Paviland lithic assemblage and the Paviland burin. Lithics: The Journal of the Lithic Studies Society 29: 18–35.