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Tom Higham: New professor of natural history archaeology


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tom Higham joined the Faculty of Life Sciences as professor of natural history archaeology in August.

"People are genuinely interested in the past and answers to the question 'where did we come from?'. My research seeks to better explain this and to build a picture of the late period of human evolution, in particular exploring aspects of the prehistory of Homo sapiens over the last 50,000 years and how we became human."

(Tom Higham)


Research Areas:

  • Radiocarbon dating using accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS)
  • Compound-specific radiocarbon sample preparation and pretreatment chemistry
  • The Middle to Upper Palaeolithic periods of Eurasia, Neanderthals, Denisovans and anatomically modern humans
  • Archaeological chronologies


Curriculum vitae



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