Dr Paul Bahn

Dr Paul Bahn

Dr Paul Bahn is Britain's leading expert on prehistoric rock art world-wide, and is one of Andante's best-known archaeologists. Paul led the team which discovered the first Ice Age cave art in Britain in 2003. He is not only a leading academic but also a great exponent of popular and accessible archaeology, and he has been leading tours for Andante Travels since 1998, inspiring and enthusing travellers in the famous caves of France and Spain, in open air rock shelters in Portugal, and in Chile and Easter Island.

Born and raised in Hull, Dr Bahn studied archaeology at Cambridge, culminating in his PhD thesis on the prehistory of the French Pyrenees in 1979. Post-doctoral fellowships followed at Liverpool and London, and a J. Paul Getty post-doctoral fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities. Since the mid-80s, Paul has devoted himself to writing, editing and translating books on archaeology and undertaking occasional journalistic and travel projects. He is currently preparing a series of TV documentaries on world rock art.

Among his written or co-written books are:

  • Pyrenean Prehistory (1984)
  • The Shell Guide to British Archaeology (with Jacquetta Hawkes, 1986)
  • Ancient Places. The Prehistoric and Celtic Sites of Britain (with Glyn Daniel, 1986)
  • Images of the Ice Age (with Jean Vertut, 1988)
  • The Bluffer's Guide to Archaeology (1989, 4th ed. 2007)
  • Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (with Colin Renfrew, 1991 – 6th ed. 2012)
  • Easter Island, Earth Island (with John Flenley, 1992 – 3rd ed. 2012)
  • Mammoths (with Adrian Lister, 1994 -- 3rd ed. 2007)
  • Archaeology: a very short introduction (1996 – 2nd ed. 2012)
  • Journey Through the Ice Age (with Jean Vertut, 1997)
  • The Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art (1997)
  • Disgraceful Archaeology (with Bill Tidy, 1999 – 2nd ed. 2012)
  • The Enigmas of Easter Island (with John Flenley, 2003)
  • Archaeology Essentials (with Colin Renfrew, 2007 – 3rd ed. 2014)
  • Cave Art - a guide to the decorated Ice Age Caves (2007, 2nd ed. 2012)
  • Britain's Oldest Art. The Ice Age Cave Art of Creswell Crags (with Paul Pettitt, 2009)
  • Prehistoric Rock Art, Polemics and Progress (2010)
  • The Cambridge Rapist (2012)
  • Dirty Diggers, or Tales from the Archaeological Trenches (with Bill Tidy, 2013)
  • The Archaeology of Hollywood (2013)
  • Images of the Ice Age (2014)

Paul has also edited numerous archaeological books over the years, including histories of the subject, dictionaries, atlases, handbooks, thematic volumes, and so forth. At the end of 2013 CUP's monumental Cambridge World Prehistory, edited by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn, was published, comprising 3 volumes, 1.5 million words and 100 contributors, providing a statement of what we know about world prehistory, genetics and linguistics at this moment in time.

University of Cambridge
Gonville & Caius (1971)