Richard Bevins

Contact Details

Professor Richard Bevins
Natural Sciences
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057

Staff Name

Professor Richard Bevins

Job Title

Honorary Research Fellow

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc (Hons) Geology (Aberystwyth University), PhD (Keele), Fellow (Geological Society of London), Chartered Geologist (CGeol), Fellow (Society of Antiquaries of London), Member of the Geological Society of London’s External Relations Committee, Chair of the British Geological Survey’s National Geological Repository Advisory Committee.

Research Interests

Primary research area is centred on the the Caledonian igneous history of Wales and related areas, as well as on their low-grade metamorphism. More recent work has focussed on extending the petrology and geochemistry of altered igneous rocks from Pembrokeshire into a re-examination of the source of the Stonehenge bluestones.


Mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, igneous rocks, low grade metamorphism, bluestones, Stonehenge.


Selected Publications

Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Welham, K., Casswell, C., French, C., Schlee, D., Shaw, D., Simmons, S., Stanford, A., Bevins, R.E., Ixer, R. 2019. Megalith quarries for Stonehenge's bluestones. Antiquity, 93, (367), 45-62. 

Ixer, R.A. and Bevins, R.E., 2018. Recently found polished stone axe fragments from the Stonehenge Landscape; expanding the range.Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine111, 73-83.

Bevins, R.E. and Ixer, R.A., 2018. Retracing the footsteps of HH Thomas: a review of his Stonehenge bluestone provenancing study. Antiquity92, 788-802.

Ixer, R. A., Turner, P., Molyneux, S. & Bevins, R.E. 2017. The petrography, geological age and distribution of the Lower Palaeozoic Sandstone debitage from the Stonehenge Landscape. Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine, 110, 1-16.

Bevins, R.E., Atkinson, N., Ixer, R. A. & Evans, J.A. 2017. U-Pb zircon age constraints for the Ordovician Fishguard Volcanic Group and further evidence for the provenance of the Stonehenge bluestones. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 174, 14-17.

Ixer, R. A. & Bevins, R.E. 2016. Volcanic Group A Debitage: its description and distribution within the Stonehenge Landscape. Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine, 109, 1-14.

Ixer, R. A., Bevins, R.E. & Gize, A.P. 2015. A description and classification of the hard ‘volcanics with sub-planar texture’ debitage from within the Stonehenge Landscape demonstrating its close relationship to Orthostat SH38. Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine, 108, 1-14.

Parker Pearson, M., Bevins, R.E., Ixer, R., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Welham, K., Chan, B., Edinborough, K., Hamilton, D., MacPhail, R., Schlee, D., Schwenninger, J-L., Simmons, E., & Smith, M. 2015.  Craig Rhos-y-felin: a Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge. Antiquity, 89, 1331-1352.

Ixer, R.A. & Bevins, R.E. 2014. Chips off the old block: the Stonehenge debitage dilemma. Archaeology in Wales, 52, 11-22.

Pearce, J.A., Hastie, A.R., Leat, P.T., Dalziel, I.W., Lawver, L.A., Parker, P.F., Millar, I.L., Barry, T.L. & Bevins, R.E., 2014. Composition and evolution of the Ancestral South Sandwich Arc: Implications for the flow of deep ocean water and mantle through the Drake Passage Gateway. Global and Planetary Change, 123, 298-322.

Aldhouse-Green, S., Bevins, R.E., Jackson, H., Peterson, R. and Walker, E.A. 2012. Pontnewydd Cave: the characterization, petrology, taphonomy and interpretation of the archaeological finds. In S. Aldhouse-Green, R. Peterson and E.A.Walker (eds), Neanderthals in Wales: Pontnewydd and the Elwy Valley Caves, 231–282. Oxford: Oxbow Books and National Museum Wales Books.

Bevins, R.E., Ixer, R. A., Webb, P.C. & Watson, J.S. 2012. Provenancing the rhyolitic and dacitic components of the Stonehenge landscape bluestone lithology: new petrographical and geochemical evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39, 1005-1019.

Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Welham, K., Bevins, R.E., Ixer, R., Marshall, P. & Chamberlain, A. 2011. Stonehenge: controversies of the bluestones. In L. García Sanjuán, C. Scarre and D.W. Wheatley (eds) Exploring Time and Matter in Prehistoric Monuments: absolute chronology and rare rocks in European megaliths. Proceedings of the 2nd European Megalithic Studies Group Meeting (Seville, Spain, November 2008). Menga: Journal of Andalusian Prehistory, Monograph no. 1. Seville: Junta de Andalucía. 219-50.

Bevins, R.E., Pearce, N.J.G. & Ixer, R. A. 2011. Stonehenge rhyolitic bluestone sources and the application of zircon chemistry as a new tool for provenancing rhyolitic lithics. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38, 605-622.

Bevins, R.E., Young, B., Mason, J.S., Manning, D.A.C. & Symes, R.F. 2010. Mineralization of England and Wales. Geological Conservation Review Series, volume 36, 598pp.

Carney, J.N., Horák, J.M., Pharaoh, T.C., Gibbons, W., Wilson, D., Barclay, W.J., Bevins, R.E., Cope, J.C.W. & Ford, T.D. 2000. Precambrian Rocks of England and Wales. Geological Review Series No. 20.  Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough