Professor Chris Scarre is a specialist in the prehistory of western Europe, and above all the archaeology of the Atlantic façade (Portugal, France, Britain & Ireland). His PhD (Cambridge) charted the human response to landscape change around the coastal marshlands of western France. From 1990-2005 he was editor of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal and Assistant (later Deputy) Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. In January 2006 he was appointed Professor of Prehistory at the Department of Archaeology, Durham University. His research focuses on materiality and landscape, prehistoric monuments, and burial and belief. He has excavated at Neolithic sites in France, Portugal and the Channel Islands, and has studied 17th/18th century British burial monuments in western India. He has a broad interest in human cultural and cognitive evolution and is the editor of the leading textbook of world prehistory, The Human Past (2nd ed. 2009). He is author with Brian Fagan of the textbook Ancient Civilizations (revised third edition 2007) and with his brother the philosopher Geoffrey Scarre co-edited a series of essays on The Ethics of Archaeology (2006). He has also explored the auditory and acoustic environment of prehistoric sites and monuments (Scarre & Lawson eds. Archaeoacoustics 2006).

In 2006 Professor Scarre was Professeur Invité at the Collège de France and was also awarded the Felix Neubergh Prize (University of Göteborg). In 2007 he was elected a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology, and he is currently serving on the Expert Advisory Committee established by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in Dublin to review archaeological policy and practice in the Irish Republic. Professor Scarre is convenor of the European Megalithic Studies Group that held its second meeting at Seville in November 2008 and its third in Kiel in May 2010. He has recently been appointed editor of the leading international journal Antiquity, a post that he will take up in 2013.


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National Geographic launched the Global Exploration Fund in 2011 in Sweden to extend support to scientists, conservationists, and explorers from the Northern Europe region who are advancing research and exploring solutions for the benefit of the planet. In 2012, the Global Exploration Fund expanded to China with a dedicated Air and Water Conservation Fund designed to focus China’s most creative scientific and conservation talent on solving problems confronting the country’s air and water resources.

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