Research and consulting
Rebecca undertakes freelance research and partners with organisations or projects requiring detailed understanding of prehistory, and the role of women in archaeology and the Earth sciences.
Recently this has included working with feature film, TV and radio development companies, novelists, heritage organisations and academics.
Rebecca has over a decade's experience as an archaeological researcher, specialising in early prehistory and the Neanderthals. She is also an expert in stone tool technology.
She is particularly interested in exploring the social and cognitive aspects of Neanderthal life, including their use of birch bark tar and hafting and aesthetic interactions with materials like bone and natural pigment.
Rebecca is also fascinated by the history of science context for the discovery of Neanderthals. In 2018 she was invited to join the Anthropology Working Group for the Breakthrough Listen project, which examines how humanity could find and interpret an extra-terrestrial signal.
Rebecca has built a reputation as an exceptional public communicator, both in writing and broadcast. She has written for The New York Times, The Times and other mainstream publications, and appeared on BBC Radio 4 (e.g. Start The Week; Front Row; Infinite Monkey Cage) and Radio 3, plus numerous other radio shows and podcasts.
In 2019 Rebecca led a Women Write Science workshop for British Science Week. She is available to consult on an individual basis on aspects of science communication.
Neanderthal AMA (Ask Me Anything!)
Want to to know if Neanderthals wore clothes, how they treated their dead, or if they could fall in love? Alongside formal consulting partnerships, Rebecca is very happy to work with individuals wanting specific advice.
Recent skype consultations include advising a novellist writing about what a 20th century Neanderthal encounter would be like.