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Department of Archaeology



Philip L. Gibbard is Emeritus Professor of Quaternary Palaeoenvironments in the University of Cambridge, England, and Dosent (Adjunct Professor) in the University of Helsinki, Finland.  He took his BSc degree in Geology at the University of Sheffield in 1971 and his PhD in the Subdepartment of Quaternary Research, University of Cambridge in 1975.  He is past-chair of the International Commission on Stratigraphy's Quaternary Subcommission and is currently Secretary General of the International Commission on Stratigraphy. He has served as President, Secretary and member of the INQUA Stratigraphy and Geochronology Commission, and is a member of the INQUA Subcommission of European Quaternary Stratigraphy and the Geological Society of London's Stratigraphy Commission. He is past-Editor of the Journal of Quaternary Science, is a member of several editorial boards and was Secretary and Vice-President of Britain’s Quaternary Research Association.  His research is focused on Quaternary and late Tertiary terrestrial and shallow marine sedimentation, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction throughout Europe, but he has also worked in the Arctic, North America, India, China and South-East Asia. His publications include over 400 academic articles, 23 books and monographs and numerous other works.  He has received several medals and awards in acknowledgement of his achievements. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Helsinki in 2010 and an ScD by the University of Cambridge in the same year.

Job Titles

Senior Fellow McDonald Institure for Archaeological Research

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies

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Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Geographical areas: 
Southeast Asia
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