Spotlight: Professor Keith Dobney, Head of Department for ACE

Posted on: 29 November 2017 by Prof. Keith Dobney, Head of Department in 2017 posts

Creating a 3D image of a dog skull using photogrammetry in Bern, 2015
Creating a 3D image of a dog skull using photogrammetry in Bern, 2015.

As the (relatively) new Head of Department for ACE, I’m extremely happy to contribute another blog post here, to help celebrate and promote our great department. Make no mistake, we do have a lot to shout about; our long and colourful heritage of over 100 years, the distinctive combination of related disciplines, our newly refurbished facilities, a dynamic and world-class profile for teaching and research and, of course, a great staff and student body.

“Immerse yourself in the cultures, languages and civilisations of the past: What will you discover?”

I hope we can continue to use this blog to provide a window on what we all do here at ACE, whether it be showcasing the various seminars and conferences we host – and discussing the cool and new ideas that come from them, or promoting the various activities of our vibrant student society or posting stories and images from our flagship field projects around the world. We hope you'll enjoy finding out about our successes in this informal one-stop-shop for news and views about the department.

On a dig in Northern Iraq in 1986.

On a dig in Northern Iraq in 1986.

A long and distinguished history

I’m very proud to be the head of a department with such a long and distinguished history – we truly are ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ in our fields. Of course, our alumni are also an important and integral part of that legacy, which is why I hope to engage them even more in sharing their successes and stories and, more importantly, helping us write new ones. I’m genuinely excited by the new opportunities, discoveries and adventures that lie ahead for all of us. It will be a journey that is anything but boring, and one we will make together.

Excavating a dog skull in SW Alaska, 2014.

Excavating a dog skull in SW Alaska, 2014.


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