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Tobias Richter

Tobias Richter

Associate Professor

Originally from Frankfurt, Germany, I read archaeology at the University of Wales Lampeter (now the University of Wales Trinity Saint David) for my BA. I then relocated to Amman, Jordan, in 2002 for a research scholarship at the British Institute in Amman (part of the Council for British Research in the Levant). During my time in Amman I took an MPhil in archaeology at Lampeter working on chipped stone use-wear analysis of Late Epipalaeolithic tools from the southern Levant. I then joined the Institute of Archaeology at UCL in 2005 as an AHRC-funded PhD student to research the Early and Middle Epipalaeolithic occupation of the Azraq Oasis. Following the completion of my PhD in 2009 I joined the University of Copenhagen's Qatar Islamic Archaeology and Heritage project as a deputy director. I was appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen in 2010 and continued as deputy director of the QIAH project until spring 2012, when I was awarded an FKK postdoc project to investigate the Late Epipalaeolithic occupation of the Black Desert in northeastern Jordan. Upon the award of an DFF-Forkningsleder research grant in May 2014 I was made Associate Professor in September 2014.

Broadly speaking my research is concerned with the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture in southwest Asia. I currently direct the Late Epipalaeolithic and Early Neolithic Occupation of the Black Desert project (http://shubeika.ccrs.ku.dk/), which investigates a number of key Late Epipalaeolithic and early Neolithic sites in northeast Jordan. I am also collaborating with Peder Mortensen and Dr Hojjat Darabi to set up a new field project in the central Zagros, Iran, to investigate the Late Epipalaeolithic period in the eastern Fertile Crescent. I also coordinate the Centre for the Study of Early Agricultural Societies (http://ccrs.ku.dk/research/centres/cseas/), which aims to bring together archaeologists working on the emergence of food producing societies in different parts of the world (east & south Asia, the Middle East, Americas and sub-Saharan Africa).

Other research interests include stone tool technology and function, landscape archaeology and climate change, and social anthropology of technology.

I teach courses on prehistoric archaeology and lithic technology, and contribute to range of core courses in Near Eastern archaeology.

Primary fields of research

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

- Lithic Technology

- Landscape Archaeology

- Social Anthropology of Technology

- History & Politics of Archaeology

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