Donald Baden-Powell Quaternary Research Centre

Institute of Archaeology
36 Beaumont St.
Oxford  OX1 2PG

Director: Dr. Nick Barton


The Donald Baden-Powell Quaternary Research Centre was set up in 1975 to bear the name and continue the research interests of Donald Baden-Powell, who taught Geology and Palaeolithic Archaeology at Oxford for many years. The Centre was part of the Pitt Rivers Museum from 1975-2003, and was located at 60 Banbury Road. At this time it was directed by Professor Derek Roe and provided working facilities for graduate research students working on Palaeolithic Archaeology and related Quaternary topics at the University of Oxford.

 

DBP Lab
The Laboratory at the Institiute

The Centre moved to the Institute of Archaeology on Beaumont Street in October 2003, where it provides facilities for Palaeolithic teaching and research. Nick Barton’s NERC project Environmental Factors in Human Evolution and Dispersals in the Upper Pleistocene of the Western Mediterranean is based at the Centre.

Affiliated with the Centre is also Nellie Phoca-Cosmetatou. Her work is on Upper Palaeolithic Italy, in relation to the Late Glacial and the effect of climatic changes on past mobility and subsistence. Nellie is also the co-organiser of the DBPQRC Seminar Serie held in Michaelmas term.

 

The Donald Baden-Powell Quaternary Research Centre was established in 1975, for the teaching of Palaeolithic Archaeology at the University of Oxford. It was originally part of the Pitt Rivers Museum and was located on the first floor of 60 Banbury Road.

Its founding was made possible by a gift to the University of £10,000 from Francis Baden-Powell to equip a centre to bear the name of his father, the geologist Donald Baden-Powell, who taught Pleistocene geology and Palaeolithic archaeology at Oxford until his retirement in 1965. Donald Baden-Powell died in 1973, and bequeathed to the Pitt Rivers Museum his library, archive and collections of quaternary mollusca, geological specimens and artefacts. The Donald Baden-Powell Quaternary Research Centre was to provide a focus for teaching and research of Palaeolithic archaeology and related quaternary sciences. As part of the Pitt Rivers Museum, it also housed the Donald Baden-Powell bequest. The then recently appointed University Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology, Dr Derek Roe, was appointed to be the first Director of the Centre.

Two Pitt Rivers Museum curators with teaching responsibilities were also based at 60 Banbury Road until their seperate retirements in the 1990s: Mr Ray Inskeep, Curator of the African Collections, and Mr Dennis Britton, Curator of the Prehistoric European collections. They both contributed greatly to research and teaching at the Quaternary Research Centre, and their postgraduate students were based there.

Following the establishment of the undergraduate course in Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford in 1994, the role of the Centre as a part of the Museum became superseded by the centralisation of archaeological teaching and resources at the University. The Centre was transferred to the Institute of Archaeology on Beaumont Street in 2003, following Professor Roe's retirement.

 

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