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Dr Paul Breeze

Biographical details

Paul has particular research interests in dispersals of Homo sapiens and other hominins in the middle-latitudes of Africa and western Asia and how population movements and dynamics in these areas may relate to climatic fluctuations of the past. 

He is a research associate on the Leverhulme-funded 'Peopling the Green Sahara' project, responsible for reconstructing former palaeohydrological networks in the Sahara Desert using remote-sensing and GIS techniques, and integrating these data with available palaeoecological data sets to explore the changing availability of freshwater features during the Holocene humid period. Spatio-temporal patterns evident in these data will then be related to archaeological data to explore how these factors relate to human occupations in the 'Green Sahara'.


Paul has authored or co-authored 20 publications to date and completed his NERC-funded PhD at King's College London in 2016. This PhD, undertaken in the department of Geography and partnered with the Palaeodeserts project, focused on reconstructing palaeohydrological networks across the Arabian Peninsula and examining their potential as routes for dispersal for Pleistocene hominins. See his former student page for earlier outputs. 

Prior to his PhD Paul was employed by the VISTA (Visual and Spatial Technology) Centre of the department of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham, performing landscape archaeological GIS analyses, archaeological excavations, and terrestrial spatial and geophysical surveys. He obtained an MA (with distinction) in Practical Archaeology from the University of Birmingham in 2007, and a BSC (hons) in Geology and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham in 2003.


Research interests

Human evolution, hominin dispersals, and prehistory in mid-latitude deserts.

Palaeoenvironments, palaeohydrology and Quaternary climate change.

Archaeological prospection and landscape archaeological and palaeogeographic analyses using GIS and remotely-sensed data.


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