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Name Dr Paula Gardiner
Job title Research Fellow
Department Department of Archaeology and Anthropology University of Bristol
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Qualifications BA, PhD(Bristol)
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Keywords Mesolithic
late Mesolithic activity
Mesolithic sites
dendrochronology
submerged forests
sea level changes
environmental reconstruction
Areas of expertise Research interests include the Mesolithic in Britain and Europe. My field research has been based in south west England and has focused on the evidence for late Mesolithic activity in Somerset at the time of the transition to agriculture around 5500BP. This has resulted in the excavation of three late Mesolithic sites in Somerset: Birdcombe, Wraxall; Totty Pot swallet hole, Cheddar and Hawkcombe Head, Exmoor.

My other research interest is in dendrochronology, having been given a Haury fellowship from the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA. I have since worked with the Tree Ring Lab on bristlecone pines in California and am collecting data from the submerged forests in the Severn Estuary in an attempt to understand relative sea level changes and environmental reconstruction in the late Mesolithic period.