School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Chantal Conneller

Senior Lecturer


I grew up in London and did my BA and PhD at the University of Cambridge. I held a research fellowship at Queens' College, Cambridge between 2001 and 2004. I have also worked at various periods for the Cambridge Archaeology Unit. In 2005 I was lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Wales, Bangor. Between 2005 and 2017 I was lecturer then senior lecturer in Early Prehistory at the University of Manchester. I joined Newcastle in 2018.

I am particularly interested in the following areas:

  • The later Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of north-west Europe.
  • Lithic studies (particularly materials, refitting, techniques).
  • Settlement and environmental change
  • Human-animal relations


I specialise in the European Mesolithic, with interests ranging from technology and materials, human-animal relations, mortuary practices, radiocarbon dating of Mesolithic settlement and human responses to sea-level rise. My doctoral work focused on understanding Mesolithic technologies in the landscape of the Vale of Pickering. My current research has two main foci: The first explores theoretical approaches to technology and materials, which has produced a book An Archaeology of Materials (Routledge 2011); the second focuses on Mesolithic settlement, and as part of this I am working on a book, The Mesolithic of Britain (Routledge).

I have excavated on various sites in the Vale of Pickering, and between 2004 and 2015 co-directed excavations at Star Carr. I am a co-director of the Ice Age Island Project, which is responsible for survey and excavation of a number of Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic sites on Jersey.