Staff Profile:Dr Robert Hosfield

Name:
Dr Rob Hosfield
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:

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/co-supervises four research students:

  • Li-Chi Chiang: Neolithic lithic technology in North Taiwan
  • Sam Nicholson: Going global: Palaeoclimate of Arabia and Human Evolution. (with Prof. Dominik Fleitmann & Dr Alistair Pike [Southampton University])
  • Rebecca Scott: Fire and Shelter in the Lower Palaeolithic: Absence of evidence or evidence of absence? (with Prof Martin Bell and Prof Linda Hurcombe [University of Exeter])
  • Adam Turner: Mesolithic artefacts and use wear in wetlands (with Prof Martin Bell and Prof Linda Hurcombe [University of Exeter])

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:

Diet, Health and the Life Course Research Cluster

Objects, Materials and People Research Cluster

Landscape, Climate and Lived Environment Research Cluster

Key Facts:

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

Rob recently completed, with Dr James Cole (Brighton University), an AHRC Network project: Coping with climate: the legacy of H. heidelbergensis. This AHRC-funded research network addressed two fundamental evolutionary questions: firstly, what were the ‘globalising’ adaptations of Homo heidelbergensis and other early European hominin species (Homo antecessor and perhaps also Homo erectus), which existed prior to the Neanderthals and our own species, Homo sapiens? Secondly, how have those ‘globalising’ adaptations contributed to the evolution of later species’ abilities (i.e. Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals) to manage climatic and environmental challenges (both past and present)?

In the last year Rob has completed a new paper on handaxe variability ('Less of a bird's song than a hard rock ensemble') with James Cole and John McNabb, and is currently working on a new book exploring the European early Palaeolithic from the perspective of a 'year in the life'. Rob’s other significant recent publications are a paper on the challenges of Palaeolithic survival in mid-latitudes, 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).

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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  • 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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