About this Fellow
Alasdair Whittle specialises in the Neolithic period in Britain and Europe, and has researched across a wide range of themes and questions. He has excavated in Britain, Hungary and Germany. He has written major syntheses at a continental scale, but also numerous regional and site-based studies. Over the last 15 years, he has increasingly been concerned with the construction of robust and precise chronologies, through the application of formal chronological modelling to radiocarbon dates. Currently, with Alex Bayliss of Historic England, he leads the major ERC-funded project, The Times of Their Lives, which has numerous case studies in precise chronologies and their implications, across several regions and phases of Neolithic Europe.
- Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University
- Lecturer, Professor, Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University, 1978
- Professor of Archaeology, Cardiff University, Cardiff University, 1997
- Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University, Cardiff University, 2002
Prehistory in Europe, the Near East and Central Asia; the beginnings of sedentary life and domestication of plants and animals; early metallurgy; nomadism and cultural contacts in the Eurasian steppes in the 1st millenium BC
Egyptology: art, archaeology, writing systems, religion, literature, social forms; comparative & theoretical study of early civilisations.
Environmental change with special reference to the solar factor.
Long-term world history; comparative archaeology; the evolution of societies; quantitative history; history & archaeology of ancient Greece.