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Dr Laura Basell

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Laura Basell

Dr Laura Basell


Direct phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3828

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or call +44(0)2890 973091.

Research Interests

  • Human Evolution: The Stone Age and Palaeolithic, particularly of Europe and Africa
  • Landscape evolution and landscape based approaches (including GIS and remote sensing)
  • Archaeological practice and dating techniques
  • Material Culture: particularly macro-scale stone tool analysis
  • Rock art and mobiliary art
  • Mesolithic Ireland


I am a Palaeolithic archaeologist whose primary research areas relate to human evolution in Africa and Europe. I am fascinated by the evolution and spread of Homo sapiens and how they interacted with other hominins. In relation to this, I’m beginning to explore the colonisation of Ireland during the Mesolithic. My interests are particularly in the integration of landscape based approaches and geochronology with behavioural analyses, and the technological analysis of stone tools. I have extensive experience in archaeological practice, and am involved in the development of new methodological approaches such as terrestrial laser scanning, the use of remote sensing data in archaeological survey, the application of GIS and its use in addressing theoretical questions. I am also very interested in rock-art, mobiliary art and experimental approaches to archaeology.


Module Co-ordinator Level 3:

  • GAP3072: Archaeology of Human Evolution

Contributing to Levels 1 & 2 modules in:

  • GAP1001: Human Societies and Landscapes
  • GAP1013: World Archaeology
  • GAP2002: Landscape and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • GAP2041: Flints. farmers and forts: Ireland in Prehistory

Masters/MSci Teaching Contributions to:

  • GAP4501-7501: Introduction to Cultural Heritage and GIS
  • GAP4502-7502: GIS Technologies: Application and Practice

Research Students

PhD: Ella Egberts "Early Hominin Technology, Chronology and Landscapes in North-West Europe"

MPhil: Ross Bailey: Detecting Indirect Percussive techniques in Lithic Assemblages.

I would warmly welcome applications from students wishing to further their knowledge of the Palaeolithic at Masters level, and those interested in researching aspects of:

1) Stone Age African archaeology 2) Middle/Upper Palaeolithic archaeology or 3) Mesolithic Ireland for a PhD. I am especially keen to supervise projects in these fields which incorporate landscape based and geoarchaeological approaches, and the application of new techniques. QUB is a wonderful place to study and research Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology with excellent facilities and a wide range of specialist expertise.



Research Projects

I have directed several projects in eastern Africa on the evolution and spread of Homo sapiens, and the Middle Stone Age. My research focus in western Kenya continues alongside a major new project in the western Rift of Eastern Africa, "Refuge or Route Way? Stone Age Archaeology and Palaeoecology at the Headwaters of the Nile". This focuses on the Early to Middle Stone Age of the Kagera River and its relationship to Lake Victoria.

I am collaborating with other projects in north Africa and Ethiopia, as a lithics specialist. In addition to Africa, I have worked on a range of projects concerned with Palaeolithic Europe. These include Dating the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition in western Europe, at RLAHA, University of Oxford, and the colonisation of Britain through projects such as the Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain and AHOB.

Project web pages are under construction, and when ready, you should be able to find out more by clicking on the links below including details of funding:

Having previously worked in contract archaeology for the UK government and as a freelance specialist for oil and gas companies in Africa, I am always open to discussing potential collaborations with Industry and consultancies, particularly where this involves methodological improvements in identifying and recording archaeological heritage.

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