Robert E. M. Hedges

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Robert Ernest Mortimer Hedges is a British archaeologist and academic.

Born in 1944, Hedges attended High Wycombe Royal Grammar School (1955–61)[1] and studied for his Doctor of Philosophy degree at Cambridge University. He was appointed a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford University, and worked at Oxford University since at least 1994, when he was reappointed a lecturer in Archaeology "from 1 November 1994 until the retiring age".[2]

Hedges' research involves archaeological studies of ancient human and animal diets and the environments uncovered at archaeological sites. He was awarded one of the Royal Society's Royal Medals for 2008, for his contribution to the rapid development of accelerator mass spectrometry and radiocarbon dating techniques.[3]

In 2009, a festschrift was held in Hedges' honour to mark his retirement as Deputy Director of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology & the History of Art.[4] As of 2012, he is Professor of Archaeological Science at the School of Archaeology and Emeritus Fellow of St Cross.[5][6]


  1. ^ School List for 1958, publ. Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
  2. ^ "Examinations and Boards; Reappointments; University Lecturers; Committee for Archaeology". Oxford University Gazette. 124 (4308). 25 November 1993.
  3. ^ "Professor Robert Hedges awarded Royal Medal". St Cross College, Oxford. 18 July 2008. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Festschrift in Honour of Professor Robert Hedges". St Cross College, Oxford. 30 September 2009. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  5. ^ "School Academic Staff". School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Emeritus Fellows". St Cross College, Oxford. Retrieved 24 March 2012.

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