Associate Professor Mike Morley


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Research Biography

Mike is a geoarchaeologist with over 20 years’ experience working in both academic and commercial environments. His primary area of expertise is the study of archaeological site formation processes and the reconstruction of palaeoenvironments at various scales through the study of site micro- and macro-stratigraphy, geological sequences and geomorphological landforms. He is interested in reconstructing changes in geomorphological systems (e.g., river behavioural change) and the implications of these dynamics on humans (and hominins) living in—and interacting with—these landscapes. He has worked widely in Europe, North Africa (Sudan, Libya), southern Africa (South Africa, Lesotho), Middle East (Oman, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia) and Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, East Timor).

Mike is currently an ARC Future Fellow, leading the 'Disperscapes' project, the aim of which is to reconstruct the ground conditions present at various Late Pleistocene sites across Southeast Asia during periods of site occupancy and abandonment. The project will use these data to gain a better understanding of the environmental conditions preferred by modern humans and other co-existing hominins as they dispersed through the region and ultimately onto the Australasian mainland.

Mike is currently on the editorial board of two archaeology journals: Associate Editor at Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, and Associate Editor at Geoarchaeology: An International Journal.

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Research Output

Archaeological evidence for two separate dispersals of Neanderthals into southern Siberia

Kolobova, K. A., Roberts, R. G., Chabai, V. P., Jacobs, Z., Krajcarz, M. T., Shalagina, A. V., Krivoshapkin, A. I., Li, B., Uthmeier, T., Markin, S. V., Morley, M., O’Gorman, K., Rudaya, N. A., Talamo, S., Viola, B. & Derevianko, A. P., 11 Feb 2020, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117, 6, p. 2879-2885 7 p.

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    The Pleistocene geoarchaeology and geochronology of Con Moong Cave, North Vietnam: Site formation processes and hominin activity in the humid tropics

    McAdams, C., Morley, M. W., Fu, X., Kandyba, A. V., Derevianko, A. P., Nguyen, D. T., Doi, N. G. & Roberts, R. G., 1 Jan 2020, In : Geoarchaeology. 35, 1, p. 72-97 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Dishing the dirt: sediments reveal a famous early human cave site was also home to hyenas and wolves

    Morley, M., Goldberg, P. & Roberts, R., 26 Sep 2019, The Conversation.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access
  • Hominin and animal activities in the microstratigraphic record from Denisova Cave (Altai Mountains, Russia)

    Morley, M. W., Goldberg, P., Uliyanov, V. A., Kozlikin, M. B., Shunkov, M. V., Derevianko, A. P., Jacobs, Z. & Roberts, R. G., 26 Sep 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 13785.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Geomorphology, Geoarchaeology and Palaeoenvironments

    Parker, A., Armitage, S., Engel, M., Morley, M. W., Parton, A., Preston, G. W. & Russ, H., 1 Aug 2018, Dosariyah . Oxford: Archaeopress, Vol. 19. p. 21–55 34 p. (British Foundation for the Study of Arabia monographs).

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