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OBAH was set up in 2008 to bring together a growing group of academics and researchers at Brookes with synergistic research interests. We have a broad spectrum of expertise but specialise in the archaeology and history of Arabia from the Palaeolithic to the recent pre-oil era, as well as geoarchaeology and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction.
Adrian’s research concerns the reconstruction of past environments, with a particular interest in climatic change in Arabia and its impact on human settlement. He has wider interests in Quaternary Science, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology, Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoecology. He conducts consultancy work for the British Geological Survey, and has worked in the UK, the UAE, Oman and northern Africa.
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Helen is a Principal Lecturer in Geography. She has developed numerous university courses specialising in soils, sediments and heritage conservation in her teaching role at Oxford Brookes and previously at the University of Reading. She is also an educational consultant to the University of Oxford where she has developed and taught short-courses in soils and environmental conservation. Her current research focuses on the use of sedimentological techniques to understand landscape evolution and environmental change at archaeological sites. These include field description, sampling and laboratory analysis of archaeological soils and sediments, including soil micromorphology.
Simon is an archaeologist turned biological anthropologist who specializes in the study of human bones and the patterns and processes of diseases in the past. His research interests include human evolutionary biology, palaeopathology and cave archaeology. He writes regularly for the Guardian and is a frequent commentator on scientific events in the UK media. Simon is a specialist in designing access to hard-to-reach sub-terrain or high-level archaeological sites, and the excavation and analysis of human material.
Sam is an archaeologist who specialises in the study of the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene archaeology of south west Asia, with a focus on the origin and development of sedentary, food producing societies in the region. Sam is an expert in the study of chipped stone tools and his work includes typological, technological and use wear analysis of stone tool assemblages from many regions and periods. Sam also works closely with geographers, hydrologists and meteorologists to develop multi disciplinary approaches to the study of human-climate interactions in semi arid regions. As an experienced field archaeologist Sam has worked on sites covering many periods, in many areas of the world including the UK, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.