About me

Hi, I’m Joe. I’m a computational archaeologist – I try to understand past societies using quantitative data, statistics, and computer models. In practice, that means I spend most of my time looking for interesting data and writing R code. I’m particularly interested in early prehistory, and my research to date has centered on the human ecology of prehistoric foragers in the arid fringes of Southwest Asia, between about 25,000 and 8,000 years ago. Sometimes I also get my hands dirty: I do fieldwork in eastern Jordan as part of the Epipalaeolithic Foragers in Azraq project, and in the past have worked on field research in Iran, Oman, Ukraine, and Bulgaria.

I’m part of the Centre for the Study of Early Agricultural Societies at the Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Recent Posts

Lactose intolerance around the world

Most of us in the western world take drinking milk for granted, but the ability to digest lactose into adulthood is actually relatively uncommon from a globa...

Edge Annual Question 2016

This years Edge Annual Question asked their assorted eminent scholars to pick the most interesting scientific news from the last few years. The result is a n...

Excavating at Kharaneh IV

I wrote a brief guest post for the Kharaneh IV blog, an Epipalaeolithic site in Jordan where I’ve been working the last few weeks:

Genetic Astrology

(Via John Hawks) Genetic Astrology chronicles the saga of Alistair Moffat’s shameful attempt to use libel law to silence scientific criticism of his genetic ...

A Genetic Atlas of Human History

Hellenthal et al. introduced a new method for detecting and dating genetic admixture events in Science last week. The ins-and-outs of their analysis is, hone...

Not so civilised

The way the word ‘civilisation’ is bandied about in popular writing about ancient history has always bugged me. Most archaeologists must be well aware of how...