Dr William Davies

Dr William Davies

Dr William Davies is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

William joined Archaeology as a research fellow in 2001, working on the S2AGES project (2001-2004) with Prof. Clive Gamble, and became a Lecturer in September 2006.  Since 1992, his research has focussed on mobility/dispersal, interaction and innovation in Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers, particularly in late Neanderthals and in early Homo sapiens.  He was a founder member of the Stage 3 Project (1996-2001), which aimed to set the extinction of Neanderthals and the arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe into a broad and coherent ecological and climatic framework. Between 2004 and 2009, he was closely involved with two NERC-funded projects to obtain new, more reliable radiocarbon dates for diagnostic artefacts in eastern and western Europe (50-20 thousand years ago).  William is currently involved in the NERC-funded “RESET” consortium (2008-2013), which uses microscopic volcanic ash layers to provide a chronological framework for Neanderthal and early Homo sapiens sites in Europe, the Levant and North Africa.  From May 2013 he shall be running a 3-year, Leverhulme Trust funded, project to explore innovations and manufacturing techniques in the c.10,000 ceramic figurines known from Eurasia and North Africa between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago.

William is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and sits on the NERC Radiocarbon facility steering committee.