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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Nick Ashton

Curator of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic collections
Department:
Prehistory and Europe

 

Nick Ashton has been a curator at the British Museum for over 25 years, specializing in Lower and Middle Palaeolithic archaeology and helps curate the extensive stone tool collections from these periods. He has directed and published major excavation projects at the Lower Palaeolithic sites of High Lodge, Barnham, Elveden and Hoxne (all Suffolk).

He is currently Deputy Director of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain Project (AHOB) funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This is examining the presence and habitat preferences of early humans in north-west Europe over the last 800,000 years. His particular interests in the project are: the earliest occupation of northern Europe, currently being investigated through fieldwork at Happisburgh (Norfolk); the early human adaptation to northern environments and the investigation of when Britain first became an island.

Contact

nashton@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7323 8093

Current projects

Previous projects

  • Barnham and Elveden Lower Palaeolithic Project (1989-1999)

  • Hoxne Dating and Environmental Project (2000-2003)

External fellowships/ honorary positions

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

  • Editorial Board Prehistoric Society

Recent publications

N. M. Ashton and S. G. Lewis. ‘The environmental contexts of early human occupation of north-west Europe: the British Lower Palaeolithic record’. Quaternary International (in press)

N. M. Ashton and B. Scott. ‘The relationship between Britain and mainland Europe during the early Middle Palaeolithic (MIS 8-6)’. Memoires de la Société Préhistorique Française. (in press)

N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis and C. B. Stringer. The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain. (Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2011)

N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis and R. Hosfield. ‘Mapping the human record: Population change in Britain during the later Middle Pleistocene’. In N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis and C. B. Stringer (eds) The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain. (Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2011, pp. 39-51)

S. G. Lewis, N. M. Ashton and R. M. Jacobi. ‘Testing human presence during the Last Interglacial (MIS 5e): A review of the British evidence’. In N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis and C. B. Stringer (eds) The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain. (Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2011, pp. 125-164)

B. Scott and N. M. Ashton ‘The Early Middle Palaeolithic: the European context’. In N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis and Stringer, C.B. (eds) The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain. (Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2011, pp. 67-89)

B. Scott, N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis, S. A. Parfitt and M. J. White. ‘Technology and land use in the early Middle Palaeolithic of the Thames valley’. In N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis and C. B. Stringer (eds) The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain. (Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2011, pp. 91-112)

M. J. White, N. M. Ashton and B. Scott. ‘The emergence, diversity and significance of the Mode 3 (prepared core) technologies’. In N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis and C. B. Stringer (eds) The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain. (Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2011, pp. 53-65)

N. M. Ashton, S. A. Parfitt and S. G. Lewis. ‘I piú antichi «Englishmen» della storia’, Archeo November (2010) pp. 8-10

N. M. Ashton and R. T. Hosfield.’ Mapping the human record in the British early Palaeolithic: evidence from the Solent River system’, Journal of Quaternary Science, 25 (2010), pp. 737-753

S. A. Parfitt, N. M. Ashton and S. G. Lewis. ‘Happisburgh’. British Archaeology 114 (2010), pp. 12-21

S. A. Parfitt, N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis, R. L. Abel, G. R. Coope, M. H. Field, R. Gale, P. G. Hoare, N. R. Larkin, M. D. Lewis, V. Karloukovski, B. A. Maher, S. M. Peglar, R. C. Preece, J. E. Whittaker and C. B. Stringer. ‘Early Pleistocene human occupation at the edge of the boreal zone in northwest Europe’. Nature 466 (2010), pp. 229-233.

N. M. Ashton. ‘Transport, curation and resharpening of lithics in the Lower Palaeolithic’. Lithics 29 (2009), pp. 6-17

N. M. Ashton. ‘John James Wymer, 1928-2006’. In R. T. Hosfield, F. F. Wenban-Smith and M. Pope (eds). Great Prehistorians: 150 Years of Palaeolithic Research, 1859-2009. (London, Lithics Studies Society, 2009, pp. 213-222)

N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis, S. A. Parfitt, K. E. H. Penkman and G. R. Coope. ‘New evidence for complex climate change in MIS 11 from Hoxne, UK’. Quaternary Science Reviews 27 (2008), pp. 652–668

N. M. Ashton, S. A. Parfitt, S. G. Lewis, G. R. Coope and N. R. Larkin. ‘Happisburgh 1 (TG388307)’. In I. Candy, J. R. Lee and A. M. Harrison (eds) The Quaternary of Northern East Anglia. Field Guide. (London, Quaternary Research Association, London, 2008, pp. 151-156)

N. M. Ashton. ‘Refitting and technology in the British Lower Palaeolithic: where are we?’ In U. Schurmans and M. De Bie (eds), Fitting Rocks: Lithic Refitting Examined. (Oxford, BAR International Series 1596, 2007, pp. 45-53)

N. M. Ashton. ‘Flakes, cores, flexibility and obsession: situational behaviour in the British Lower Palaeolithic’. In S. P. McPherron (ed.) Tools Versus Cores. Alternative Approaches to Stone Tool Analysis. (Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, pp. 1-16)

N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis, S. A. Parfitt and M. White, 'Riparian landscapes and human habitat preferences during the Hoxnian (MIS 11) Interglacial', Journal of Quaternary Science, 21 (2006), pp. 497-505

M. J. White, B. Scott and N. M. Ashton. ‘The Early Middle Palaeolithic in Britain: archaeology, human settlement history and technological organisation’. Journal of Quaternary Science 21 (2006), pp. 525-541.

N. M. Ashton, S. G. Lewis, S. A. Parfitt, I. Candy, D. Keen, R. Kemp, K. Penkman, G. Thomas, J. Whittaker and M.White, 'Excavations at the Lower Palaeolithic site at Elveden, Suffolk, UK', Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 71 (2005) pp. 1-61

N. M. Ashton. ‘First humans in Britain’. British Archaeology 70 (2003), pp. 8-13

N. M. Ashton, R. M. Jacobi and M. J. White. ‘The dating of Levallois sites in west London’. Quaternary Newsletter 99 (2003), pp. 25-32

N. M. Ashton and M. J. White, M. ‘Bifaces and raw materials: flexible flaking in the British early Palaeolithic’. In M. Soresi and H. Dibble (eds) Multiple Approaches to the Study of Bifacial Technologies. Philadelphia, University Museum Monograph 115, (2003), pp 109-124

N. M. Ashton 2002. ‘Absence of humans in Britain during the last interglacial (Oxygen Isotope Stage 5e)’. In A. Tuffreau and W. Roebroeks (Eds). Le Dernier Interglaciaire et les Occupations Humaines du Paléolithique Moyen. (Lille, Publications du CERP, 2002, pp. 93-103)

N. M. Ashton and S. G. Lewis, 'Deserted Britain: declining populations in the British late Middle Pleistocene', Antiquity, 76 (2002) pp. 388-96