Dr Robert Dinnis

Dr Robert Dinnis

Lecturer (Scholarship)

Dr Robert Dinnis
Dr Robert Dinnis

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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.


Research Overview

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.


Teaching Responsibilities

Course co-ordinator:

Archaeology in Action (AY1003)

The Archaeology of the North (AY2505) 

Professional Archaeology II (AY3514) 


Additional teaching:

Caves to Kingdoms (AY1503) 

Prehistoric Britain (AY2009) 

Scottish Archaeology (AY3009) 

Professional Archaeology I (AY3010) 

Northern Worlds (AY5001)



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  • Условия залегания культурных горизонтов палеолитической стоянки Костёнки 17 (по результатам работ 2017 г.): The conditions of occurrence of the cultural horizons at the Palaeolithic site of Kostёnki 17 (including results of 2017 fieldwork)

    Bessudnov, A., Dinnis, R., Artyushenko, A.

    Актуальная археология 4. Комплексные исследования в археологии.. IIMK RAN, pp. 69-73

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • The Kostënki 18 child burial and the cultural and funerary landscape of Mid Upper Palaeolithic European Russia

    Reynolds, N., Dinnis, R., Bessudnov, A. A., Devièse, T., Higham, T.

    Antiquity, vol. 91, no. 360, pp. 1435-1450

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Some observations on platform preparation at Sungir', Russia

    Dinnis, R., Reynolds, N., Bessudnov, A., Denisova, A.

    Lithics, no. 38, pp. 18-26

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • РАДИОУГЛЕРОДНЫЙ ВОЗРАСТ III КУЛЬТУРНОГО СЛОЯ КОСТЕНОК 11 В КОНТЕКСТЕ ПРОБЛЕМЫ СУЩЕСТОВАНИЯ ПОЗДНИХ СТРЕЛЕЦКИХ ПАМЯТНИКОВ В КОСТЕНКАХ (The radiocarbon age of cultural layer III of Kostёnki 11 in the context of the problem of the existence of late Streletskian sites at Kostёnki)

    Dinnis, R., Bessudnov, A., Reynolds, N., Douka, K., Dudin, A., Khlopachev, G., Sablin, M., Sinitsyn, A., Higham, T.


    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Morpho-metric variability of Early Gravettian tanged “Font-Robert” points, and functional implications

    Milks, A., Dinnis, R., Pope, M.

    Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. 9789401776011 edition. Springer, pp. 135-146, 12 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • The Late Middle Palaeolithic site of Betovo

    Otcherednoy, A., Voskresenskaya, E., Vishnyatski, L. B., Stepanova, K. N., Larionova, A. V., Blohin, E. K., Dinnis, R.

    Archaeological research in Central Black Soil Region 2016, pp. 20-25

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • (Re) Discovery of a major cave entrance at Kents Cavern, Devon, UK

    Dinnis, R., Proctor, C.

    Cave and Karst Science, vol. 42, no. 2

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A survey of northwestern European Aurignacian sites and some comments regarding their potential chrono-cultural significance

    Dinnis, R.

    No Stone Unturned. Ashton, N., Harris, C. (eds.). Lithic Studies Society, pp. 59-79

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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