Dr Robert Dinnis
Rob's obsession with early prehistory began at the University of Sheffield, where he studied for degrees in Archaeology and Prehistory (BA) and Palaeoanthropology (MSc). These combined interests led to a PhD in Palaeolithic Archaeology focussing on the archaeology of northwest Europe's earliest modern human inhabitants.
Following his PhD, Rob held postdoctoral research positions at the British Museum, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford. His research during this time has focussed mainly on the archaeology of the last Ice Age. Rob joined the Department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen as Lecturer in 2020.
Rob’s research focusses mainly on the archaeology of the last Ice Age, examining questions of cultural change and chronology, as well as changes in climate and environment. He has worked on sites across Europe, but has more recently concentrated on Eastern Europe, and especially the remarkable complex of open-air sites at Kostenki in Russia.
Closer to home, Rob has a long-standing interest in British early prehistory. With Professor Chris Stringer he co-authored Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story, an accessible overview of the period written to coincide with the Natural History Museum exhibition of the same name. Rob is also an active field archaeologist and has directed excavations at many caves across England and Wales, including the Late Neanderthal and early modern human sites of Kents Cavern and Ffynnon Beuno Cave.
Archaeology in Action (AY1003)
The Archaeology of the North (AY2505)
Professional Archaeology II (AY3514)
Mammoths to Microliths (AY3027)
Caves to Kingdoms (AY1503)
Prehistoric Britain (AY2009)
Scottish Archaeology (AY3009)
Professional Archaeology I (AY3010)
Northern Worlds (AY5001)
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The tempo of cultural change in the Kostenki Upper Paleolithic: further insightsRadiocarbon, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 785-803Contributions to Journals: Articles
Eastern Europe’s “Transitional Industry”?: Deconstructing the Early StreletskianJournal of Paleolithic Archaeology, vol. 4, 6Contributions to Journals: Articles
Kostenki 17 (Spitsynskaya): New Data on the Stratigraphy, Chronology and Conditions of the Occurrence of the Cultural LayersStratum Plus 2021, no. 1, pp. 163-198Contributions to Journals: Articles
Tехнология получения микропластин в индустриях ранней поры верхнего палеолита КостенокРогачевские чтения. Tolstykh, D., Pustovalov, A. Y., Kondaurova, T., Shershen, I. (eds.). Voronezh: Press Burger pp. 182-187, 5 pages.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Response to Bataille et al.'s ‘Technological differences between Kostenki 17/II (Spitsynskaya industry, Central Russia) and the Protoaurignacian: Reply to Dinnis et al. (2019)’Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 146, 102792Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
New data for the Early Upper Paleolithic of Kostenki (Russia)Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 127, pp. 21-40Contributions to Journals: Articles
Archaeological collections from Long Hole (Gower, Swansea, UK) and their place in the British PalaeolithicCave and Karst Science, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 37-46Contributions to Journals: Articles
Kostënki 17 (Spitsynskaya) and Kostënki 6 (Streletskaya): recent fieldwork and new 14C datesQuartar, vol. 66, pp. 225-230Contributions to Journals: Articles
Thoughts on the Structure of the European Aurignacian, with Particular Focus on Hohle Fels IVProceedings of the Prehistoric Society, vol. 85, pp. 29-60Contributions to Journals: Articles
Recent excavations at Llanarmon Cave, DenbighshireArchaeology in Wales, vol. 57-58, pp. 61-69Contributions to Journals: Articles