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David Simpson

<p>David Simpson</p>

David Simpson




Archaeology and Palaeoecology
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK

Current Research: Environmental Change

Palynology of the Haua Fteah, Cyrenaica, Libya

My current research forms an integral part of the Cyrenaican Prehistory Project, which has been established to re-investigate the depositional sequence at the Haua Fteah Cave in Cyrenaica Libya.

The research will be based primarily on the palynological analysis of the cave deposits. Analysis on this sequence, which potentially spans both the Middle-Upper Pleistocene transition (c.130000 years ago) and the Pleistocene – Holocene transition (c.12000 years ago) will provide critical data regarding the palaeo-environment of the region and facilitate the opportunity to create a high resolution environmental history for the area.

In conjunction with the local archaeology the study, should also highlight key issues regarding past human/environment dynamics in the region. This in turn will aid the understanding of past human behavior in what is considered a key location within the context of North African prehistory.


Simpson, D. J. 2008. ‘A multi-proxy investigation into the early Holocene marginal marine environments of Strangford Lough’, in: Bridgland, D. R. Gollege, N. R. And Silva, B. N. (eds.). Quaternary of the British Isles and Adjoining Regions. Quaternary Research Association Annual Discussion Meeting, January 8-10, 2008. Abstract volume, 128.

Simpson, D. J. 2008. ‘Strangford Lough: marine, non-marine and terrestrial micro- and macro- fossils’. In Whitehouse, N. J., Roe, H. M., McCarron, S. and Knight, J. (eds.) 2008. North of Ireland Field Guide. London. Quaternary Research Association : 155-167.

Barker, G., Basell, L., Brooks, I., Burn, L., Cartwright, C., Cole, F., Davison, J., Farr, L., Grün, R., Hamilton, R., Hunt, C., Inglis, R., Jacobs, Z., Leitch, V., Morales, J., Morley, I., Morley, M., Pawley, S., Pryor, A., Reynolds, T., el-Rishi, H., Roberts, R., Simpson, D. Twati, M., and van der Veen, M. 2008. The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2008: the second season of investigations of the Haua Fteah cave and its landscape, and further results from the initial (2007) fieldwork. Libyan Studies 39: 175-221.

Barker, G., Antoniadou, A., Barton, H., Brooks, I., Candy, I., Drake, N., Farr, L., Hunt, C.O., Ibrahim, A.A., Inglis, R., Jones, S., Morales, J., Morley, I., Mutri, G., Rabett, R., Reynolds, T., Simpson, D., Twati, M., and White, K. 2009. The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2009: the third season of investigations of the Haua Fteah cave and its landscape, and further results from the 2007-2008 fieldwork. Libyan Studies, 40.

Simpson, D. J. and Hunt C.O. 2009. ‘Scoping the Past Human Environment: A Case Study of Pollen Taphonomy at the Haua Fteah, Cyrenaica, Libya’. In Inglis, R.H. and Pryor, A.J.E. (eds.), Beyond Determinism? Engagement and Response in Human-Environment Interactions. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 24.2: 27-46.

Hunt. C., Davison, J., Inglis, R., Farr, L. Reynolds, T., Simpson, D. el-Rishi, H. and Barker, G. 2010. Site Formation Processes in caves: The Holocene sediments of the Haua Fteah, Cyrenaica, Libya. Journal of Archaeological Science (2010) doi:10.1016/j.jas.2010.01.021(In press).