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Human-Landscape-Interactions and Global Dispersals: The SURFACE Record of Palaeolithic Arabia

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Project "SURFACE" data sheet

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postcode: YO10 5DD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 216˙512 €
 EC max contribution 216˙512 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2018-06-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF YORK UK (YORK NORTH YORKSHIRE) coordinator 216˙512.00
2    MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY AU (Sydney) partner 0.00


 Project objective

SURFACE is an international, trans-disciplinary action combining approaches from archaeology, geomorphology and remote sensing to develop novel approaches to the analysis of the distribution of surface artefacts in arid landscapes. It will use these to address models of human-environment-landscape interactions in Palaeolithic Arabia and their implications for global dispersal of hominin populations. At a key crossroads of global dispersals, and with a proven but little-studied record of Palaeolithic occupation, Southwestern Saudi Arabia possesses a surface record vital to understanding Pleistocene dispersals out of Africa. How different Homo species (H. erectus, H. sapiens), utilised their landscapes, and subsequent implications for their abilities to disperse from Africa is poorly understood, and interpretation of past hominin landscape use from present-day artefact distributions is not straightforward. Distributions are the sum of varying behaviours over time, while landscape evolution alters the distribution and availability of resources linked to these behaviours (e.g. water, raw materials) and the preservation and visibility of archaeological evidence. It is only by developing a robust, well-dated model of landscape evolution, and detailed recording of surface artefacts in relation to the geomorphological units comprising the landscape, coupled with theoretical paradigms that engage with the variable time depth of surface assemblages that the potential of this record for informing on past hominin-landscape interactions can be realised. SURFACE brings together researchers from the UK and Australia at the cutting edge of developing approaches to the surface record. It will train the ER in these interdisciplinary methods to enable her to fully exploit the globally significant Palaeolithic record of SW Saudi Arabia, and to further develop methodological and theoretical approaches to the surface record, with implications far beyond the time period in question.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Inglis, R H, Sinclair, A G M, Alsharekh, A
Developing geoarchaeological approaches to understanding and curating Palaeolithic landscapes in Saudi Arabia
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the First Saudi Antiquities Convention, Riyadh, KSA, 2018 2019-06-18
2019 Inglis, RH, Sinclair, AGM, Alsharekh, A, Scott, C, Al Othaibi, D
Report on the Saudi-UK Palaeolithic Research Project Field Season 2018 in the Tabuk and Al Jowf Provinces, Northwestern Saudi Arabia
published pages: , ISSN: 0308-8421, DOI:
Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 2019-06-18
2018 Robyn H. Inglis, Charles French, Lucy Farr, Chris O. Hunt, Sacha C. Jones, Tim Reynolds, Graeme Barker
Sediment micromorphology and site formation processes during the Middle to Later Stone Ages at the Haua Fteah Cave, Cyrenaica, Libya
published pages: 328-348, ISSN: 0883-6353, DOI: 10.1002/gea.21660
Geoarchaeology 33/3 2019-06-18
2019 Robyn Inglis Patricia C. Fanning Abi Stone Dan N. Barfod Anthony Sinclair Hsing-Chung Chang Abdullah Alsharekh Geoff Bailey
Palaeolithic artefact deposits at Wadi Dabsa, Saudi Arabia; a multi-scalar geoarchaeological approach to building an interpretative framework
published pages: , ISSN: 1520-6548, DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/RU84F
Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 2019-06-18
2017 Inglis, Robyn H.; Sinclair, A. G.; Alsharekh, A. M; Barford, Dan, N.; Chang, H. C.; Fanning, P. C.; Al Othaibi, D. T.; Robson, H. K.; Shuttleworth, A.; Stone, Abigail; Bailey, G. N.
Preliminary Report on UK-Saudi 2017 Fieldwork At Wadi Dabsa, Asir Province, Saudi Arabia
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Anthony Sinclair, Robyn Inglis, Abdullah Alsharekh, DhaifAllah AlOthaibi, Christopher Scott
Report on the Saudi-UK Palaeolithic Research Project Field Season 2018 in the Tabuk and Al Jowf Provinces, Northwestern Saudi Arabia
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Sinclair, A., R.H. Inglis, A. Shuttleworth, F. Foulds, A. Alsharekh
Landscape Archaeology, Palaeolithic Survey and Coastal Change along the Southern Red Sea of Saudi Arabia
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Geological Setting, Palaeoenvironment and Archaeology of the Red Sea. 2019-06-18
2017 Frederick W.F. Foulds, Andrew Shuttleworth, Anthony Sinclair, Abdullah M. Alsharekh, Saud Al Ghamdi, Robyn H. Inglis, Geoff N. Bailey
A large handaxe from Wadi Dabsa and early hominin adaptations within the Arabian Peninsula
published pages: 1421-1434, ISSN: 0003-598X, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.153
Antiquity 91/360 2019-06-18
2018 Inglis, R., W. Bosworth, N. Rasul, G. Bailey
Investigating the Fossil Coral Terraces and Coastal Archaeology of the Southern Red Sea
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Geological Setting, Palaeoenvironment and Archaeology of the Red Sea. 2019-06-18
2018 King, G., S. Kubler, M. Devès, R.H. Inglis, G. Bailey.
Tectonic geomorphology and soil edaphics as controls on animal migrations and early human settlement and dispersal
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Geological Setting, Palaeoenvironment and Archaeology of the Red Sea. 2019-06-18
2017 J. Benjamin, A. Rovere, A. Fontana, S. Furlani, M. Vacchi, R.H. Inglis, E. Galili, F. Antonioli, D. Sivan, S. Miko, N. Mourtzas, I. Felja, M. Meredith-Williams, B. Goodman-Tchernov, E. Kolaiti, M. Anzidei, R. Gehrels
Late Quaternary sea-level changes and early human societies in the central and eastern Mediterranean Basin: An interdisciplinary review
published pages: In press, ISSN: 1040-6182, DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.06.025
Quaternary International 449 2019-06-18

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