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Professor Mark White



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Professor in the Department of Archaeology239 


About Mark White

Mark White specialises in the Palaeolithic of Britain and its near European neighbours. His published works includes numerous books alongside articles on handaxes, palaeogeography & settlement history, Levallois technology, the Clactonian controversy and the lamentable British Middle Palaeolithic. 

Mark's second key focus is the history of archaeology, and he is keenly interested in Victorian Antiquarians, especially the more eccentric ones. He has published articles evaluating the work and contribution of several Victorian pioneers, such as Sir John Evans, Sir John Lubbock and Worthington Smith, as well as a monograph on Nina Layard’s remarkable site at Foxhall Road, Ipswich, excavated between 1903-1905. Mark has just published a new book on Sir William Boyd Dawkins - Professor of Geology at Manchester University - and the controversy that surrounded his excavations at Creswell Crags in the late 1870s. Mark is currently very interested in the market price of handaxes ca 1875. 

Current Projects
Mark is currently excavating at the Lower Palaeolithic site of Santon Downham, Suffolk in the hope of finding some nice twisted ovates.

Recent Works
Mark is the author of numerous books including The British Palaeolithic (2012, Routledge), The Quaternary of the Trent (2015, English Heritage) Lost Landscapes of the Palaeolithic (2016, English Heritage) and William Boyd Dawkins and the Victorian Science of Cave Hunting (2016, Pen and Sword)

Research Students
Mark currently has a number of PhD students working on Palaeolithic or Mesolithic topics. Durham has an excellent graduate community in this area, with people working on MIS 9 Britain, Cave Art, The cognition of Homo heidelbergensis and Neanderthal Religion. Others have recently finished PhDs on the History of the British Palaeolithic, the Middle Pleistocene colonisation of Europe, The Palaeolithic of Syria, the isotopic evidence for Pleistocene migrations, Middle Pleistocene small mammal communities, and The Early Middle Palaeolithic of Britain. Mark would be interested in supervising students on any Palaeolithic topic, so if you are interested in working with Mark please contact him.

Research interests

  • Quaternary studies
  • Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Britain & Europe
  • History of Palaeolithic Archaeology
  • Palaeolithic Stone Tools

Research groups

Research Projects

  • Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB)
  • Crayford Brickearths Project
  • Trent Valley Palaeolithic Project (TVPP)


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • White, Mark (2016). Lost Landscapes of the Palaeolithic. English Heritage.
  • White, T., White. M., Bridgland, D. & Howard, A. (2008). The Quaternary of the Trent, Field Guide. London: QRA.

Journal Article

Supervision students