About me

Visiting Academic, The British Museum; Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London; Associate Member, The Pathways to Ancient Britain Project.

Dixon (ed.) (2012)
Career: Laboratory assistant, Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden (1959–1965); Higher Scientific Officer, British Geological Survey (1971–1972); PhD, The University of Dublin, 1972; Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University (1972–1999); accepted early retirement and a life-enhancing change of ‘career’ with both hands (1999) and have never looked back; two short spells of teaching at The University of Sydney (2003, 2004); then came cataloguing the glacial erratic collection and scanning the Hallam Ashley photograph archive at Norwich Castle Museum with Nigel Larkin, volunteering at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington and, most recently, Associate Membership of the Leverhulme Trust-funded Ancient Human Occupation of Britain group.

Home is a ‘Victorian cottage’ close to the River Great Ouse in the Cambridgeshire cathedral city of Ely, shared with six dogs and four cats.

Research interests

The geological underpinning of archaeological sites (with AHOB members); clast lithological analysis, carbonate content and laser granulometry of Quaternary sediments (with Simon Lewis); the Scandinavian legacy in East Anglia’s Quaternary record (with Roland Vinx, Elmshorn, Germany); the life and times of Sir Jonathon Atkins, Governor of Barbados (1674–1680) (with Graham Harris, Prince Edward Island, Canada); the orientation of medieval English churches (with Hans Ketel, Rotterdam); and the natural history photographs of Hallam Ashley FRPS at Norwich Castle Museum, Norfolk (‘The Hallam Ashley Collection’) (with Nigel Larkin).