Professor Alasdair Whittle FBA

Neolithic Europe.

Elected 1998

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.

Current post

Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University

Past appointments

Cardiff University Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University

2002 -

Cardiff University Professor of Archaeology, Cardiff University

1997 -

Cardiff University Lecturer, Professor, Distinguished Research Professor

1978 -


The first farmers of central Europe: diversity in LBK lifeways 2013

The archaeology of people 2003

Gathering time: dating the early Neolithic enclosures of southern Britain and Ireland 2011

Europe in the neolithic: the creation of new worlds 1996

Sacred mound, holy rings 1997

The harmony of symbols: the windmill causewayed enclosure 1999

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