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Tobias Richter

Tobias Richter

Associate Professor

  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

Karen Blixens Vej 4, 2300 København S, Bygning 10, Room 10-2-37

2300 København S


    Phone (Secretariat): +4535328900

Short presentation

My work focuses on the transition from hunting and gathering societies to the first farmers in southwest Asia, in particular the Levant. I am particularly interested in the chipped and ground stone technologies of this time period, as well as questions concerning social interaction, landscape and environmental change.
I am also interested in how social evolutionary meta-narratives have shaped the academic discourse of this transition as a progression from 'simple' hunter-gatherers to 'complex' farmers.
I currently direct the Younger Dryas and the Origins of Agriculture project, which is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research ( This is part of the wider Epipalaeolithic Foragers in Azraq Project, a collaborative research initiative investigating the last hunter-gatherers in the Azraq Basin.
I also have ongoing interests in the general prehistory of southwest Asia, archaeological theory, the history of archaeological practice in southwest Asia, landscape archaeology and the politics of heritage.

Primary fields of research

- Final Pleistocene Hunter-Gatherers and early Farmers in western Asia

- Lithic Technology

- Agency and Practice Theory Approaches in Archaeology

- Situated learning and socialization processes in archaeology

- Landscape Archaeology

- Social Anthropology of Technology

- History & Politics of Archaeology

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