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) 

Mammoths to Microliths (AY3027)


Additional teaching:

Caves to Kingdoms (AY1503) 

Prehistoric Britain (AY2009) 

Scottish Archaeology (AY3009) 

Professional Archaeology I (AY3010) 

Northern Worlds (AY5001)



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  • Kostenki 17 (Spitsynskaya): New Data on the Stratigraphy, Chronology and Conditions of the Occurrence of the Cultural Layers

    Bessudnov, A., Sinitsyn, A., Dinnis, R., Artuyshenko, A., Lada, A., Stepanova, K., Maluytina, A., Bessudnova, M., Petrova, E., Douka, K.

    Stratum Plus 2021, no. 1, pp. 163-198

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Tехнология получения микропластин в индустриях ранней поры верхнего палеолита Костенок (The technology of bladelet production in the Early Upper Palaeolithic industries at Kostenki)

    Lada, A., Bessudnov, A., Dinnis, R., Sinitsyn, A.

    Рогачевские 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)’

    Dinnis, R., Bessudnov, A., Reynolds, N., Pate, A., Sablin, M., Sinitsyn, A.

    Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 146, 102792

    Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates

  • New data for the Early Upper Paleolithic of Kostenki (Russia)

    Dinnis, R., Bessudnov, A., Reynolds, N., Devièse, T., Pate, A., Sablin, M., Sinitsyn, A., Higham, T.

    Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 127, pp. 21-40

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Archaeological collections from Long Hole (Gower, Swansea, UK) and their place in the British Palaeolithic

    Dinnis, R., Bates, M. R., Bello, S. M., Buck, L. T., Davies, J. S., Preece, R. C., Walker, E. A., Boulton, J., Flas, D.

    Cave and Karst Science, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 37-46

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Thoughts on the Structure of the European Aurignacian, with Particular Focus on Hohle Fels IV

    Dinnis, R., Bessudnov, A., Chiotti, L., Flas, D., Michel, A.

    Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, vol. 85, pp. 29-60

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Recent excavations at Llanarmon Cave, Denbighshire

    Dinnis, R., Appleton, P., Boulton, J., Buckley, M., Davies, J., Edwardson, I., Hankinson, R., Needham, A., Schouten, R., Williams, C.

    Archaeology in Wales, vol. 57-58, pp. 61-69

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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