Simon Armitage graduated with a BA in Geography at the University of Oxford before moving to the University of Wales Aberystwyth to research his PhD entitled “Testing and application of luminescence techniques using sediment from the southeast African coast” under the supervision of Prof. Ann Wintle and Prof. Geoff Duller.
Simon’s research is based upon the application of Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating to late Quaternary sediments. In particular he is interested in climate change and archaeology in dryland environments. His current work focuses on the impacts of late Quaternary climatic changes upon pre-industrial human/hominin populations in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Simon is working on research projects in Libya, Nigeria, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.