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Professor Tom Higham

Professor of Archaeological Science

Fellow by Special Election, Director Advanced Studies Centre


I am the Deputy Director of the Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, in the Research Lab for Archaeology and the History of Art.  I work in the field of radiocarbon dating, with specific reference to archaeology, focussing particularly on improvements to reliability and accuracy in sample pretreatment chemistry. I am also the Director of the Advanced Studies Centre as well as coordinator of its new Relics research cluster.

Research Interests

I am the Principal Investigator on an ERC funded project concerned with radiocarbon dating the dispersal of the first anatomically modern  humans in Eurasia and the subsequent extinction of  Neanderthals.

My recent research has been published in Nature, PNAS and Antiquity.

I also teach a small number of the first year undergraduate tutorials in Archaeology and Anthropology.

Recent Publications

College Contact Details

Professor Tom Higham
Keble College
Telephone: 01865 285231
Fax: 01865 285220

Faculty/Dept. Information

Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit
Research Lab for Archaeology and the History of Art