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Evan Hill

Evan Hill


MSc Dating and Chronology, Queens University Belfast
BA.Hons Archaeology, Queens University Belfast




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


+44 (0)28 9097 5287

Current Research: Environmental Change and Past Cultural Change

Radiocarbon dating of Land and Marine mollusca in the Southern Mediterranean

Radiocarbon dates on land molluscs while relatively common, are not straightforward. Work within the radiocarbon community have shown by dating modern specimens that certain species show 14C age anomalies in modern specimens that appear to relate to sources of old carbon present in their diet. It is necessary therefore to resolve these age anomalies in order to reliably use land molluscs in 14C dating.

The purpose of my research is to to enable reliable dating of fossil snails from Mediterranean coastlands by resolving the prevalence and magnitude of 14C anomalies that are present within them. Land and marine molluscs will be considered from the Cyrenaica region of Libya, the Maltese Islands and Southern Italy.

This project aims to provide insight into the bigger picture for dating molluscs in the southern mediterranean region; using 14C dates for the Holocene and Pleistocene up to at least ~40 ka BP and after that isotopes and AAR. This would hopefully enable the reliable 14C dating of land mollusca or particular species of land mollusca that are present in archaeological or palaeoenvironmental deposits that are very difficult to date in the southern Mediterranean, where very few other datable materials are preserved on sites or in stratigraphic sequences and also help clarify ongoing debate in the scientific literature surrounding the cause of the update of old carbon in landsnails.


Dr Chris Hunt – School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast.
Prof P. Reimer – School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast.

Previous Research

My BA.Hons thesis looked at the validity of landing sites in relation to settlement patterns around the shores of Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.

I returned to QUB to do an MSc in Dating and Chronology, and wrote a thesis looking at the possibilities for the Radiocarbon dating of shell operculae of Bithynia in Lough Derravarragh, County West Meath.


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