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Dr Laura Basell

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Dr Laura Basell

Qualifications

BA (Archaeology) University of Bristol 1997
MPhil (World Archaeology) University of Cambridge 1999
PhD (Archaeology) University of Cambridge 2007

Lecturer

Email: l.basell@qub.ac.uk

Address

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

Telephone

+44(0)28 9097 3828

Current Teaching:

GAP1013  Introduction to World Archaeology
GAP1008 From Cave Art to Celts: Europe in Prehistory
GAP3072 The Archaeology of Human Evolution

Current Administrative Roles:

Academic Coordinator for the GAP Student Peer Mentoring Programmes

Current Research:

Past Cultural Change (PCC)

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.

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.

PhD Students

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

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.

Publications:

International Journal Papers

Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S., Robinson, S., and Burge, G. (in press) Palaeolithic Site Distribution in Britain and North West Europe: A Nutritional Niche Reconstruction Approach. PLOS One.

Higham, T., Bronk Ramsey, C., Basell, L., Brock, F., Wood, R. and Davies W.(in press) A response to “Radiocarbon dates from the Grotte du Renne and Saint-Césaire support a Neandertal origin for the Châtelperronian”, by Hublin et al. Before Farming

Higham, T.H., Basell, L.S., Jacobi, R., Wood, R., Bronk Ramsey, C. and Conard, N. (2012) Testing models for the beginnings of the Aurignacian and the advent of figurative art and music: The radiocarbon chronology of Geissenklösterle Journal of Human Evolution. 62 (2012) 664 doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2012.03.003

Higham, T., Brock, F., Bronk Ramsey, C., Davies, W., Wood, R. and Basell, L. (2011) Chronology of the Grotte du Renne, Arcy-sur-Cure, France: a response to Zilhão et al (this issue). Before Farming 2011/3 article 4, 1-5.

Higham, T., Brock, F., Davies, W., Bronk-Ramsey, C., Wood, R. and Basell, L. (2011) Chronology of the Grotte du Renne, Arcy-sur-Cure, France: Implications for Neanderthal symbolic behaviour. Before Farming 2011/2 article 1

Higham, T.H., Jacobi, R., Basell, L.S., Bronk Ramsey, C., Chiotti, L. and Nespoulet, R. (2011) Precision dating of the Palaeolithic: A new radiocarbon chronology for the Abri Pataud (France), a key Aurignacian sequence. Journal of Human Evolution 61 (5) 549-563. doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2012.03.003

Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G., Hosfield, R., Toms, P. (2011) The Geoarchaeology of Palaeolithic Rivers of South West Britain. In Brown, A.G., Butzer, K. and Basell, L.S. (Eds) Geoarchaeology, Climate Change and Sustainability. Geological Society of America.doi:10.1130/2011.2476(03)

Higham, T.F.G., Jacobi, R.M., Julien, M., David, F. Wood, R., Basell, L.S., Davies, S.W.G., and Bronk Ramsey, C. (2010) New dates for the Grotte du Renne at Arcy-sur-Cure and their implications for the evolution of symbolic behaviour. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 107 (47) 20234-20239. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1007963107

Basell, L.S. (2010) Middle Stone Age Sangoan-Lupemban Lithic Assemblages in Africa in Allsworth-Jones, P. (Ed) “West African archaeology: New developments, New perspectives”. B.A.R. International Series. 15-28.

LeQuesne, C., Basell, L.S. and Sheibani R. (2010) Archaeology in the Sirte Basin: Preliminary Results of Mitigation Surveys carried out for Shell 2007-2009 Libyan Studies 41. 7-32.

Jacobi, R., Higham, T.F.G., Haesarts, P., Basell, L.S. (2010) Radiocarbon chronology for the Early Gravettian of northern Europe: New AMS determinations for Maisières Canal. Antiquity 84. 26–40. http://antiquity.ac.uk/Ant/084/0026/ant0840026.pdf

Brown, A. G., Basell, L.S., Toms, P.S., Bennett, J., Hosfield, R. T. and Scrivener, R. C. (2010) Later Pleistocene Evolution of the Exe Valley: A Chronostratigraphic Model of Terrace Formation and its Implications for Palaeolithic Archaeology. Quaternary Science Reviews 29, (7-8), 897-912. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.12.007

Brown, A. G., Basell, L. S., Toms, P. S. and Scrivener R.C. (2009) Towards A Budget Approach to Pleistocene Terraces: Preliminary Studies using the River Exe in South West England, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists Association 120. 275-281 doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2009.08.012

Barker, G., Basell, L., Brooks, I., Cartwright, C., Cole, F., Davison, J., Farr, L., Grűn, R., Hamilton, R., Hunt, C., Inglis, R., Jacobs, Z., Legge, T., Leitch, V., Morales, J., Morley, I., Pawley, S., Pryor, A., Roberts, B., Reynolds, T., el-Rishi, H., Simpson, D., Twati, M., and van der Veen, M. (2009) 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 40. 175-221

Basell, L.S. (2008) Middle Stone Age (MSA) site distributions in eastern Africa and their relationship to Quaternary environmental change, refugia and the evolution of Homo sapiens Quaternary Science Reviews 27. 2484-2498. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.09.010

Edited Books

Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S. and Butzer, K. (Eds) (2011) Geoarchaeology, Climate Change and Sustainability. Geological Society of America. ISBN 978-0-8137-2476-8. doi: 10.1130/9780813724768

Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G. and Toms, P. (Eds.) (2011) Quaternary of the Exe Valley and Adjoining Areas Quaternary Research Association, London. ISBN 0 907 780 822. ISSN 0261 3611

Book Chapters

Basell, L.S. The Middle Stone Age of Eastern Africa. (2013) In Mitchell, P. and Lane, P. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology. Oxford University Press.

Basell, L.S. and Brown, A.G. (2011) The archaeological context of the Exe Valley and adjoining areas. In Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G. and Toms, P. (Eds.) Quaternary of the Exe Valley and Adjoining Areas Quaternary Research Association, London. 11-26.

Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G. and Toms, P.S. (2011) Chard Junction Quarry and the Axe Valley Gravels. In Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G. and Toms, P. (Eds.) Quaternary of the Exe Valley and Adjoining Areas Quaternary Research Association, London. 93-102.

Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G., Toms, P.S. and Gallois, R. (2011) The Otter Valley gravels and Budleigh Salterton. In Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G. and Toms, P. (Eds.) Quaternary of the Exe Valley and Adjoining Areas Quaternary Research Association, London. 139-147.

Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G., Toms, P.S. and Norman, C.J. (2011) The Doniford gravels. In Basell, L.S., Bown, A.G. and Toms, P. (Eds.) Quaternary of the Exe Valley and Adjoining Areas Quaternary Research Association, London. 155-163.

Bennett, J.A., Brown, A.G. and Basell, L.S. (2011) Late Plesitocene and Holocene deposits in the Netherexe area. In Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G. and Toms, P. (Eds.) Quaternary of the Exe Valley and Adjoining Areas Quaternary Research Association, London. 67-76.

Brown, A.G., Scrivener, R.C. and Basell, L.S. The geological setting and landform evolution of the Exe Valley and adjoining areas. In Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G. and Toms, P. (Eds.) Quaternary of the Exe Valley and Adjoining Areas Quaternary Research Association, London. 1-10.

Brown, A.G., Powell, M. and Basell, L.S. (2011) Recent work at Shapwick Grange Quarry and the Blackdown Hills Plateau gravels. In Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G. and Toms, P. (Eds.) Quaternary of the Exe Valley and Adjoining Areas Quaternary Research Association, London. 128-132.

Scrivener, R.C., Basell, L.S. and Brown, A.G. (2011) Sarsens associated with River Terrace Gravels in the Creedy Valley, Devon. In Basell, L.S., Brown, A.G. and Toms, P. (Eds.) Quaternary of the Exe Valley and Adjoining Areas Quaternary Research Association, London. 77-83.

Publications and Reports

Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S., and Toms, P. (2013) Monitoring and Modelling of the Palaeolithic Archaeological Resource at Chard Junction Quarry, Hodge Ditch, Phases II and III, Assessment Stage (Project No. 5695). English Heritage Research Department Report Series

Basell, L.S. (2009) Lithics and Geomorphological Reports for Areas 211C and 212, Libya. Prepared for RPS and included as part of Le Quesne, C. Oil and Gas Exploration in the Sirte Basin, Libya: Areas 211C (Jebel Zelten) and 212. Archaeological Assessment for Shell Petroleum Ltd. Confidential Report, RPS Planning, Transport and Environment.

Basell, L.S. (2008) Lithics and Geomorphological Reports for Area 89, Libya. Prepared for RPS and included as part of Le Quesne, C. Oil and Gas Exploration in the Sirte Basin, Libya: Area 89 (Maaten al-Jafra). Archaeological Assessment for Shell Petroleum Ltd. Confidential Report, RPS Planning, Transport and Environment.

Toms, P., Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S., Hosfield, R. (2008) Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain: Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating of Residual Deposits of the Proto-Axe, Exe, Otter and Washford. English Heritage Research Department Report Series No. 2.

Brown, A.G. & Basell, L.S. (2008) Two new bifaces from the Axe Valley, Chard Junction. PAST 60: 1-3. Hosfield, R.T., Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S., Hounsell, S. & Young, R. (2007) The Palaeolithic Rivers of South- West Britain. English Heritage Project Report (Project No. 3847). English Heritage Archive Report: London. 200 pages.

Additional Information:

Chair of Lithic Studies Society
The British Institute in Eastern Africa: Research Advisory Group Panel Member
The Prehistoric Society: Member
The Quaternary Research Association: Member
Society of Africanist Archaeologists: Member
European Association of Archaeologists: Member
Ussher Society, Geoscience in SW England (including archaeology): Secretary 2008-2011