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Dr Matthew Pope
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31 - 34 Gordon Square
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  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Institute of Archaeology ASE
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Research Summary
Matthew Pope is Principal Research fellow in Palaeolithic archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, Matthew is currently leading on excavations at the Neanderthal site of La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey, as well as further high profile Palaeolithic excavations in Southern Britain and the Channel Islands. In addition he is undertaking analysis and interpretation of stone tool assemblages from the Middle Pleistocene site of Boxgrove and developing methodological approaches to Palaeolithic fieldwork. 

His research interests include:

Landscape use and adaptation in the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic

Site formation processes and behavioural complexity in open air Palaeolithic sites.

The evolutionary origin of 'home-base' locales as an expression of human niche-construction

The early human occupation record of the La Manche region

The deep prehistory of the Anthropocene

Island Archaeology: Including the prehistoric record of vulnerable coastal and intertidal landscapes

Early human weaponry

Fieldwork strategies in Palaeolithic survey and excavation

Teaching Summary

The Archaeology of Early Human Origins

The Archaeology of Human Evolution

Palaeolithic Archaeology in Britain and Northern Europe

Archaeotech: The Experimental Archaeology Course


01-AUG-2016 Principal Research Fellow Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2012 Senior Teaching Fellow Archaeology Institute of Archaeology, United Kingdom
11-DEC-2007 – 10-AUG-2009 Senior Research Fellow Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
08-AUG-2001 – 10-NOV-2007 Research Fellow Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
06-JUN-1994 – 07-AUG-2001 Research Assistant Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2003   Doctorat University of Southampton
    Bachelor of Science Cardiff University
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