Staff Profile:Dr Robert Hosfield

Name:
Dr Rob Hosfield
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:
  • Examinations Officer
  • School Technology-Enhanced Learning Advisor (STELA)

Areas of Interest:
  • British and Western European Lower and Middle Palaeolithic archaeology
  • Pleistocene fluvial landscapes
  • Experimental archaeology & site formation processes
  • GIS applications in Palaeolithic and prehistoric archaeology

Postgraduate supervision

  • Rob currently supervises three research students:
    Alice la Porta: Use and technology of Middle Palaeolithic points (lead supervisor: Prof. Linda Hurcombe [Exeter University])
  • Li-Chi Chiang: Taiwanese Neolithic shouldered axes (co-supervisor: Dr Karen Wicks)
  • Mike Simmonds: Climate change and human activity in the Late Devensian and Early Holocene of SE England (lead supervisor: Dr Nick Branch; co-supervisor: Dr Stuart Black)

Rob is happy to discuss proposals for future postgraduate research in any areas of Palaeolithic archaeology, in particular: Lower and/or Middle Palaeolithic hominin behaviour and lithic technology, GIS applications, and
experimental archaeology (esp. focusing on tool use or lithic assemblage taphonomy). For further information, please contact Dr Hosfield.

Research groups / Centres:

Scientific Archaeology Research Group

Key Facts:

Rob teaches the Palaeolithic archaeology of Europe, global human origins, lithics, GIS and statistics for archaeologists.

Rob is about to start a new AHRC Network project: Coping with climate: the legacy of H. heidelbergensis (further details to follow shortly).

Rob has recently completed a site monograph on the British Lower Palaeolithic site of Broom (Hosfield & Green 2013) and an edited volume in honour of Prof. Clive Gamble (Coward et al. 2015), and is currently working on a new book exploring the European early Palaeolithic from the perspective of a 'year in the life'.

Rob has recently published papers on the Palaeolithic and Holocene archaeology of the Wadi Muqadam region in Sudan, and is currently working on new papers exploring global patterns in Palaeolithic technology, the evolution of human attentiveness, and the challenges of Palaeolithic survival in mid-latitudes.

Rob’s recent fieldwork has been both at home (at the British Lower Palaeolithic site of Knowle Farm) and abroad: Easter 2013 saw him undertaking a Palaeolithic archaeology and landscape survey in Sudan (with Dr Kevin White and Prof. Nick Drake of King’s College London).

Rob’s other projects have included:

He has also published papers on the early Middle Pleistocene archaeology of Britain, the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic archaeology of the Solent (with Dr Nick Ashton of the British Museum), British Palaeolithic settlement histories (with Dr Ashton and Dr Simon Lewis, Queen Mary’s, University of London), the handaxe assemblage from the British Lower Palaeolithic site of Broom (with Dr Jenni Chambers), antiquarians and the Palaeolithic record, social learning and craft skills, and the interpretation of Palaeolithic assemblages from fluvial contexts.

He has been a Committee Member of the Lithic Studies Society , and has served as a council member of the Prehistoric Society (2005-2008).

Rob was involved with the South West Archaeological Research Framework (SWARF), acting as the period convenor for the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic, and has also contributed to the Solent-Thames Archaeological Research Framework (the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic archaeology of Berkshire; Wenban-Smith et al. 2014) and the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Terrestrial Minerals Resource Assessment.

Publications:
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2014

  • Wenban-Smith, F., Hardaker, T., Hosfield, R., Loader, R., Silva, B., Wilkinson, K., Bridgland, D. and Cramp, K. (2014) The Lower/Middle Palaeolithic resource assessment. In: Hey, G. and Hind, J. (eds.) Solent-Thames: Research Framework for the Historic Environment: Resource Assessments and Research Agendas. Oxford Wessex monograph (6). Oxford Archaeology, [Oxford], pp. 21-51. ISBN 9780957467217
  • Wenban-Smith, F., Hardaker, T., Hosfield, R., Loader, R., Silva, B. and Wilkinson, K. (2014) The Lower/Middle Palaeolithic: research agenda. In: Hey, G. and Hind, J. (eds.) Solent-Thames: Research Framework for the Historic Environment: Resource Assessments and Research Agendas. Oxford Wessex monograph (6). Oxford Archaeology, [Oxford], pp. 53-59. ISBN 9780957467217

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Earlier Publications

Journal Articles

Hosfield, R.T. & Chambers, J.C. (2003) Recent Research at the Broom Lower Palaeolithic Site. Antiquity 77 (297): http://antiquity.ac.uk/ProjGall/hosfield/hosfield.html.

Hosfield, R.T. & Chambers, J.C. (2002) The Lower Palaeolithic site of Broom: geoarchaeological implications of optical dating. Lithics: The Newsletter of the Lithic Studies Society 23: 33-42.

Book Sections

Hosfield, R.T. (2002) Quantifying the British Palaeolithic: Regional Data and Hominid Adaptations. In D.W. Wheatley, G.P. Earl & S. Poppy (ed's)Contemporary themes in Archaeological Computing: 37-46. Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton Monograph No. 3. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Hosfield, R.T. (2001) The Lower Palaeolithic of the Solent: site formation and interpretive frameworks. In F.F. Wenban-Smith & R.T. Hosfield (ed's) Palaeolithic Archaeology of the Solent River: 85-97. Lithic Studies Society Occasional Paper 7. Lithic Studies Society, London.

Hosfield, R.T. (2001) Approaching a Wider Spatio-Temporal View: Modelling the Terrace Gravel Assemblages. In K.J. Fewster & M. Zvelebil (eds.) Ethnoarchaeology and Hunter-Gatherers: Pictures at an Exhibition: 127-141. British Archaeological Reports (International Series) 955. Archaeopress: Oxford.

Books

Wenban-Smith, F.F. & Hosfield, R.T. (ed's). (2001) Palaeolithic Archaeology of the Solent River. Lithic Studies Society Occasional Paper 7. Lithic Studies Society, London.

Qualifications:
BA, MSc (Archaeological Science: Archaeological Computing), PhD (Southampton)

 

Rob

Contact Details

Email:
r.hosfield@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 7632

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