Constructing precise chronologies for archaeological sites, standing buildings, and the wider historic environment, using scientific dating techniques and Bayesian chronological modelling to combine the results with archaeological and historical information.
My career began as a field archaeologist, largely employed in the commercial sector on excavations undertaken in advance of development. I then became scientific dating co-ordinator for English Heritage, fostering the routine use of Bayesian chronological modelling for interpreting archaeological chronologies in England. This led to a number of pioneering synthetic studies to understand particular aspects of past lifeways, first in Britain and more recently in Europe as well. In 2004 I was invited to become a member of the IntCal Working Group, which works on improving the radiocarbon calibration curve. In 2013 I joined the University of Stirling, where I am undertaking a major study with partners from the US and Poland on dating occupation on the site of Çatalhöyük East in Turkey.
Active research projects:
NSF/SBE-RCUK AH/M008908/1: Principal investigator ‘Radiocarbon Dating and Chronological Modelling of Neolithic Çatalhöyük East’
Marshall, P, Bayliss, A, Farid, S, Tyers, C, Bronk Ramsey, C, Cook, G, Doğan, T, Freeman, S P H T, İlkmen, E, and Knowles, T, 2019 14C wiggle-matching of short tree-ring sequences from post-medieval buildings in England, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 438, 218–26 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2018.03.018)
Bunting, M J, Farrell, M, Bayliss, A, Marshall, P, and Whittle, A, 2018 Maps from mud – using the Multiple Scenario Approach to reconstruct land cover dynamics from pollen records: a case study of two Neolithic landscapes, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (doi: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00036)
Blockley, S, Candy, I, Matthews, I, Langdon, P, Langdon, C, Palmer, A, Lincoln, P, Abrook, A, Taylor, B, Conneller, C, Bayliss, A, MacLeod, A, Deeprose, L, Darvill, C, Kearney, R, Beavan, N, Staff, R, Bamforth, M, Taylor, M, and Milner, N, 2018 The resilience of postglacial hunter-gatherers to abrupt climate change, Nature Ecology & Evolution (doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0508-4)
Jakucs, J, Oross, K, Bánffy, E, Voicsek, V, Dunbar, E, Reimer, P, Bayliss, A, Marshall, P, and Whittle, A, 2018 Rows with the neighbours: the short lives of long houses at the Neolithic site of Versend-Gilencsa, Hungary, Antiquity, 92, 91–117
Bayliss, A, Marshall, P, Richards, C, and Whittle, A, 2017 Islands of history: the Late Neolithic timescape of Orkney, Antiquity, 91, 1171–88