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Dr David Robinson

School of Natural Sciences

David is an archaeologist who researches in the UK, India, Europe, and the USA. With an expertise in the art and archaeology of Native California he works with local tribal communities to contribute to knowledge about their own past. His teaching is based by this extensive research, including the use of innovative VR immersive platforms.

David has published extensively on his global research in dozens of archaeology books and journals, from the Cambridge Archaeological Journal to World Archaeology to the Journal of Archaeological Science. His recent work includes major new discoveries in California such as the site of Cache Cave with the largest prehistoric basketry assemblage ever found in the region. His recent publications also include papers on the rock paintings of Native California using new advanced portable technologies incorporated into Virtual Reality platforms in collaborations with local Native Americans.

David has extensive experience in archaeology, which he began as an undergraduate in 1998. He has worked on world famous sites such as the World Heritage sites of Stonehenge and Avebury but also on rock art of India, graffiti in Barcelona, and of course many years work in the Western United States. Since 2009 he has been on Editorial Advisory Board of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal and been sought out for rock art consultancy such as for the 2016 Pitoti Rock Art Project based in Valcominca, Italy. In 2018/2019 David was the President of the Archaeology and Anthropology Section of the British Science Festival. He has been a Member of the Higher Education Academy since 2013.

  • Phd in Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, 2006
  • BA (Honors) in Anthropology (Cultural Emphasis), University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001
  • AA (Honors) - Language and Literature, American River College, 1999
  • School of Forensic and Investigative Science, UCLAN, Excellence in Research Informed Teaching award, 2012.

Modules Taught

  • FZ2206 - Thinking about the past: Archaeological Theory
  • FZ2211 - Cultural Anthropology in Theory and Practice
  • FZ2216 - World Archaeology and Art
  • FZ3212 - Debates in Anthropology
  • FZ3216 - World Archaeology and Art
  • FZ4206 - Approaches to Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Analytical Instrumentation
  • Assemblage Theory
  • Perishables
  • Rock Art
  • Virtual Reality
  • Indigenous Revitalisation
  • Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Cambridge Archaeological Journal