His broader research interests include (a) how dietary transitions occur globally, (b) diet and its role in hominin dispersals, and (c) the broader significance of plants in the evolution of the human diet. His doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Evaluating the dietary microremain record in dental calculus and its application in deciphering hominin diets in Palaeolithic Eurasia’, was completed at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the University of Leiden. The thesis examined how Neanderthals had a consistent use of plant foods in their animal food rich diet, despite occupying high latitudes. Robert’s MSc research used phytoliths to interpret Late Natufian subsistence and behaviours in Raqefet Cave, Mount Carmel. He has authored a variety of papers on his research in a number of international peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Power RC, Salazar-García DC, Straus LG, González Morales M, Henry AG, 2015. Microremains from El Mirón Cave human dental calculus suggest a mixed plant-animal subsistence economy during the Magdalenian in Northern Iberia. Journal of Archaeological Science, 60, 39–46.
Nadel N,Danin A, Power RC, Rosen AM, Bocquentin F, Tsatskin A, Rosenberg D, Yeshurun R,Weissbrod L, Rebollo NR, Barzilai O, Boaretto E, 2013. Earliest floral gravelining from 13,700- 11,700-y-old Natufian burials at Raqefet Cave, Mt. Carmel,Israel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 110(29).
Book chaptersPower RC, In prep. Phytolith analyses report. In Brady N, The Medieval Rural Settlement Project: the excavations of Tulsk. Discovery Programme Monograph.
Power RC, Rosen AM, Nadel D, 2016. Phytolith evidence of the use of plants as food by Late Natufians at Raqefet Cave. In (Ed.) Hardy K, Wild harvest: Plants in the hominin and pre-agrarian human worlds. Oxbow Books, Oxford.