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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  • The nature of human activity at Cae Gwyn and Ffynnon Beuno caves and the dating of prey and predator presences

    Aldhouse-Green, S., Dinnis, R., Scott, K., Walker, E.

    No Stone Unturned. Ashton, N., Harris, C. (eds.), pp. 77-92

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • A cut-marked Neolithic human tooth from Ash Tree Shelter, Derbyshire, UK

    Dinnis, R., Bello, S. M., Chamberlain, A. T., Coleman, C., Stringer, C.

    Cave and Karst Science, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 114-117

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A Middle Palaeolithic to Early Upper Palaeolithic succession from an open air site at Beedings, West Sussex

    Pope, M., Dinnis, R., Milks, A., Toms, P., Wells, C.

    Quaternary International, vol. 316, pp. 14-26

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Archaeological test excavations at two caves in Bishopston Valley, Gower, South Wales, UK

    Dinnis, R., Davies, J. S., Boulton, J. M., Reynolds, N., Schouten, R., Smith, G. M., Souter, E. M., Chamberlain, A. T.

    Cave and Karst Science, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 17-21

    Contributions to Journals: Review articles

  • Cave deposits of North Wales: Some comments on their archaeological importance and an inventory of sites of potential interest.

    Dinnis, R., Ebbs, C.

    Cave and Karst Science, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 28-34

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • L’Aurignacien de Grande Bretagne

    Dinnis, R.

    Le Paléolithique supérieur ancien de l'Europe du Nord-Ouest. Bodu, P., Chehmana, L., Klaric, L., Mevel, L., Soriano, S., Teyssandier, N. (eds.), pp. 473-484, 10 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Identification of Longhole (Gower) as an Aurignacian site

    Dinnis, R.

    Lithics, no. 33, pp. 17-29

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The Paviland burin, the burin busqué and Aurignacian occupation of Britain

    Dinnis, R.

    Anthropologica et Praehistorica, vol. 122, no. 1, pp. 5-17

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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