World expert on human evolution in new documentary

Friday, 15 May 2009

Dr Jeffrey Rose's research is featured in new series The Incredible Human Journey.

Research into the origins of early man by geography lecturer Dr Jeffrey Rose featured in the current BBC2 series The Incredible Human Journey.

Dr Rose (pictured right on location in Oman) was interviewed by presenter Dr Alice Roberts in episode 1 Out of Africa of the new series. He explained that what looked like scattering of black rocks was instead a remarkable array of stone age tools, lying abandoned where they were used anything up to 70,000 years ago.

The documentary showed Dr Rose exploring the desert on motorbike, searching for the clues that early man might have once lived in this remote corner of Arabia.

The programme can be seen on BBC's iplayer

Dr Rose secured a prestigious AHRC Early Career Research Grant of £205,000 for his fieldwork project entitled Archaeological and Palaeoenvironmental Investigation of Upper Pleistocene human occupation in the Dhofar Mountains, southern Arabia. The project, running from July 2009 until June 2012, involves three seasons of survey and excavation in the Sultanate of Oman, as well as an accompanying PhD studentship.

He joined the Department of Anthropology and Geography in September 2007. His areas of interest include prehistoric archaeology, human evolution, stone tool technology, rock art, comparative religions, and mythology of the ancient Near East.

Dr Rose is co-editor, with Michael Petraglia of the forthcoming book The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia: Paleoenvironments, Prehistory and Genetics published by Springer in July.

Images: copyright BBC.