Dr Paul Bahn

Freelance Archaeologist

Paul Bahn is a fully qualified archaeologist, now one of the leading popularisers of the subject in scientific journalism and in books including the leading textbook, dictionary and history of archaeology, as well as a whole series of books on specific topics, especially prehistoric and Ice Age art which has become his main area of interest and expertise. Research on these topics has involved travel to numerous parts of the world visiting rock art and archaeological sites in some very remote and inaccessible areas. In 2003 and 2004 he led the team which discovered Britain's only known Ice Age cave art, at Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire. He lectures on tours every year to the European caves, as well as to the rock art of Chile/Easter Island, Australia and Namibia.

Courses Taught

Past Courses



  • Cave Art: A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe, Frances Lincoln, (2nd ed.) 2012
  • Easter Island, Earth Island, Rapa Nui Press, (3rd ed.) 2012
  • Prehistoric Rock Art: Polemics and Progress, CUP, 2010
  • Britain’s Oldest Art: The Ice Age Cave Art of Creswell Crags, English Heritage, 2009
  • Journey through the Ice Age, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1997
  • The Cambridge IIlustrated History of Prehistoric Art, CUP, 1997


  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • MA, University of Cambridge
  • BA, University of Cambridge

Associations and memberships

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

Corresponding Member of the Archaeological Institute of America

Member of the Prehistoric Society

Member of the Société Préhistorique française

Vice President (UK), The Easter Island Foundation

Research Topics

Ice Age art in Britain

Ice Age art worldwide

Prehistoric rock art worldwide

Prehistory of Easter Island