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Mark Pearce

Professor of Mediterranean Prehistory, Faculty of Arts

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  • workRoom B26 Humanities Building
    University Park
    Nottingham
    NG7 2RD
    UK
  • work+44 (0)115 951 4839
  • fax+44 (0)115 951 4812

Biography

  • Since 1 Aug 1995: Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham.
  • 2011-14: Secretary, European Association of Archaeologists
  • Since 2012: Corresponding Fellow, German Archaeological Institute (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut)
  • 2009-2010: Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship - Exploring the north Italian early Neolithic
  • 2006-08: member, Dr M. Aylwin Cotton Foundation Consultative Committee
  • 2004-07: member, Nomination Committee of the European Association of Archaeologists
  • Sept 2001 - Sept 2004: General Editor, European Journal of Archaeology; ex-officio member Executive Board, European Association of Archaeologists
  • Since April 2001: member of Trent Valley Geoarchaeology, a regional archaeology strategy group
  • 1997-2001: member, Dr M. Aylwin Cotton Foundation Consultative Committee
  • 1996-97: Dr M. Aylwin Cotton Foundation Fellowship
  • April 1997: nominated Membro Straniero of the Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria
  • 1992-93, 1993-94, 1996-97: professore a contratto in Prehistory, University of Pavia, Italy

Editorial Boards: Journal of World Prehistory, Origini, Padusa, Opera Ipogea, Ocnus

Expertise Summary

Prehistoric Italy, Early mining and metallurgy, Prehistory, Early Neolithic of the central Mediterranean

Teaching Summary

I teach at all levels: undergraduate, Masters and PhD.

At undergraduate level I usually teach British Prehistory and the History and Theory of Archaeology (year 2) and Italian Prehistory (year 3); I supervise dissertations in these areas. I also teach the structure of the Archaeological profession in the UK (year 2).

At Masters level I teach British Prehistory, the History and Theory of Archaeology and Italian Prehistory, and supervise dissertations in these areas.

I am keen to supervise PhD projects in central Mediterranean prehistory (particularly Italian prehistory), early mining and metallurgy, the early Neolithic, British Prehistory and the History and Theory of Archaeology.

Research Summary

Long-term book project: The Magic Mountain: a symbolic and economic space, on the rôle mountains have played in human life and consciousness, using the southern Alps and the Apennines as case studies

Final publication of excavation in collaboration with Roberto Maggi (Direzione Regionale per i Beni culturali e paesaggistici della Liguria) of the early prehistoric (mid fourth millennium cal BC) copper mine at Monte Loreto, Liguria

I am keen to supervise PhD projects in central Mediterranean prehistory (particularly Italian prehistory), early mining and metallurgy, British Prehistory and the History and Theory of Archaeology.

Past Research

Mark Pearce 2013. Rethinking the north Italian early Neolithic. London: Accordia Research Institute (Specialist Studies on Italy 17) - funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, the monograph reassesses the early Neolithic of northern Italy, proposing a new and more precise radiocarbon chronology for understanding its inception on the basis of the large available corpus of radiocarbon determinations, by bringing to bear Bayesian statistic modelling, particularly on those series of determinations from deeply stratified cave sites. The study also examines the mechanisms by which the Neolithic spread and argues that a 'full' Neolithic appears at the beginning of the period in Italy.

Understanding Italian prehistoric metallurgy: production, distribution and consumption - an AHRC research-leave-supported book project - Mark Pearce 2007. Bright Blades and Red Metal: essays on north Italian prehistoric metalwork. London: Accordia Research Institute (Specialist Studies on Italy 14).

Excavation in collaboration with Roberto Maggi (Direzione Regionale per i Beni culturali e paesaggistici della Liguria) of the early prehistoric copper mine at Monte Loreto, Liguria (sponsors include AHRB Research Grant 1999-2002) - R. Maggi and M. Pearce, 2005. Mid fourth-millennium copper mining in Liguria, north-west Italy: the earliest known copper mines in Western Europe. Antiquity 79 (303): 66-77.

Survey in collaboration with Michael McCullagh (School of Geography) at the later fourth millennium cal BC copper mine at Libiola, Liguria.

Beneath the soil from Trent to Nene: Assessment of the performance of geophysical survey in the East Midlands - funded by the English Heritage Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. Report archived with the Archaeology Data Service.

Trent Valley Geoarchaeology Bibliographic Database - funded by the English Heritage Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. Report and database archived with the Archaeology Data Service.

Steering Group, East Midlands Heritage: An updated research agenda and strategy for the historic environment of the East Midlands (eds D. Knight, B. Vyner, C. Allen).

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