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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 (, 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 (, 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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