Patrick Roberts

Research Group Leader
Department of Archaeology
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Curriculum Vitae

Patrick Roberts received a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MSc in Archaeological Science at the University of Oxford. He completed his DPhil in Archaeological Science, entitled ‘Fruits of the Forest: Human stable isotope ecology and rainforest adaptations in Late Pleistocene and Holocene Sri Lanka’ at the same institution.’ This focused on using stable isotope analysis of human and faunal fossil remains to elucidate Late Pleistocene human rainforest adaptations in Sri Lanka, and the relationship of this data to wider debates regarding the viability of rainforest habitats for long-term foraging by our species. Patrick’s thesis forms part of a wider interest in human adaptations to rainforest environments. He has taken part in UNESCO symposia that bring together archaeologists and anthropologists together to discuss potential solutions for the conservation of ecological and cultural heritage in global tropical forest environments.

As W2 Research Group Leader of the Department of Archaeology’s stable isotope research group, Patrick is committed to applying stable isotope methods within multidisciplinary research programmes that are focused on human palaeoclimates, palaeoenvironments, palaeodiets and palaeomobility. Patrick has a number of international peer-reviewed publications that use stable isotope analysis in a variety of archaeological research contexts: from reconstructing palaeoenvironmental conditions in East and South Africa, South Asia, and Saudi Arabia associated with human habitation of these regions during the Pleistocene to dietary complexities in 18th and 19th century historical populations. Patrick’s other interests include early human cognition, hominin dispersals, megafaunal extinctions, and the relationship between climate change and cultural change in our species. In 2021 he was awarded the Heinz Maier Leibniz Prize, the top award for early career investigators in Germany.

Full Academic Publication List

Book (2)

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Book
Roberts, P.: Jungle: how tropical forests shaped the world - and us. Basic Books, New York (2021), 432 pp.
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Book
Roberts, P.: Tropical forests in prehistory, history, and modernity. Oxford University Press, Oxford (2019), XVI, 350 pp.

Book Chapter (5)

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Book Chapter
Patalano, R.; Roberts, P.: Climate Proxies. In: The encyclopedia of ancient history: Asia and Africa, eahaa00609 (Eds. Potts, D. T.; Harkness, E.; Neelis, J.; McIntosh, R.) (2021)
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Book Chapter
Roberts, P.: Foreword [to Bioarchaeology and Dietary Reconstruction across Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages in Tuscany, Central Italy / Giulia Riccomi]. In: Bioarchaeology and Dietary Reconstruction across Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages in Tuscany, Central Italy, pp. x - xi. Archaeopress, Summerville (2021)
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Book Chapter
Roberts, P.; Krigbaum, J.; Lee-Thorp, J.: Hunting and gathering in prehistoric rainforests: insights from stable isotope analysis. In: Foraging in the past: archaeological studies of Hunter-Gatherer Diversity, pp. 119 - 158 (Ed. Lemke, A. K.). University Press of Colarado, Louisville (2019)
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Roberts, P.; Hendy, J.; Boivin, N. L.: Scientific Practice. In: The Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences, pp. 1526 - 1530 (Ed. López Varela, . L.). Wiley, Hoboken (2018)
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Book Chapter
Perera, N.; Roberts, P.; Petraglia, M. D.: Bone Technology from Late Pleistocene Caves and Rockshelters of Sri Lanka. In: Osseous Projectile Weaponry, pp. 173 - 188 (Ed. Langley, M. C.). Springer (2016)

Journal Article (104)

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Journal Article
Martínez-Minchero, M.; Cobo, A.; Méndez-Vicente, A.; Pisonero, J.; Bordel, N.; Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.; Roberts, P.; Arrizabalaga, Á.; Valdiande, J.; Mirapeix, J. et al.; López-Higuera, J. M.; García-Escárzaga, A.: Comparison of Mg/Ca concentration series from Patella depressa limpet shells using CF-LIBS and LA-ICP-MS. Talanta 251, 123757 (2023)
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Journal Article
Larsen, T.; Fernandes, R.; Wang, Y.; Roberts, P.: Reconstructing hominin diets with stable isotope analysis of amino acids: new perspectives and future directions. Bioscience, biac028 (2022)
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Huber, B.; Giddings Vassão, D.; Roberts, P.; Wang, Y.; Larsen, T.: Chemical modification of biomarkers through accelerated degradation: implications for ancient plant identification in archaeo-organic residues. Molecules 27 (10), 3331 (2022)
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Ventresca Miller, A. R.; Wilkin, S.; Hendy, J.; Turbat, T.; Batsukh, D.; Bayarkhuu, N.; Giscard, P.-H.; Bemmann, J.; Bayarsaikhan, J.; Miller, B. K. et al.; Clark, J.; Roberts, P.; Boivin, N.: The spread of herds and horses into the Altai: how livestock and dairying drove social complexity in Mongolia. PLoS One 17 (5), e0265775 (2022)
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Nayak, A.; Basa, K. K.; Boivin, N. L.; Fuller, D. Q.; Mohanty, R. K.; Kingwell-Banham, E.; Murphy, C.; Roberts, P.; Lee-Thorp, J.; Bogaard, A.: A stable isotope perspective on archaeological agricultural variability and Neolithic experimentation in India. Journal of Archaeological Science 141, 105591 (2022)
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Iriarte, J.; Ziegler, M.; Outram, A. K.; Robinson, M.; Roberts, P.; Aceituno, F. J.; Morcote-Ríos, G.; Keesey, T. M.: Ice Age megafauna rock art in the Colombian Amazon? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences 377 (1849), 20200496 (2022)
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Louys, J.; Duval, M.; Price, G. J.; Westaway, K.; Zaim, Y.; Rizal, Y.; null, n.; Puspaningrum, M.; Trihascaryo, A.; Breitenbach, S. F. M. et al.; Kwiecien, O.; Cai, Y.; Higgins, P.; Albers, P. C. H.; de Vos, J.; Roberts, P.: Speleological and environmental history of Lida Ajer cave, western Sumatra. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences 377 (1849), 20200494 (2022)
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Roberts, P.; Douka, K.; Tromp, M.; Bedford, S.; Hawkins, S.; Bouffandeau, L.; Ilgner, J.; Lucas, M.; Marzo, S.; Hamilton, R. J. et al.; Ambrose, W.; Bulbeck, D.; Luu, S.; Shing, R.; Gosden, C.; Summerhayes, G.; Spriggs, M.: Fossils, fish and tropical forests: prehistoric human adaptations on the island frontiers of Oceania. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences 377 (1849), 20200495 (2022)
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Scerri, E. M. L.; Roberts, P.; Maezumi, S. Y.; Malhi, Y.: Tropical forests in the deep human past. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences 377 (1849), 2020.0500 (2022)
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García-Escárzaga, A.; Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.; Marín-Arroyo, A. B.; Fernandes, R.; Núñez de la Fuente, S.; Cuenca-Solana, D.; Iriarte, E.; Simões, C.; Martín-Chivelet, J.; González-Morales, M. R. et al.; Roberts, P.: Human forager response to abrupt climate change at 8.2 ka on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Scientific Reports 12 (1), 6481 (2022)
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Journal Article
Findley, D. M.; Acabado, S.; Amano, N.; Kay, A. U.; Hamilton, R. J.; Barretto-Tesoro, G.; Bankoff, G.; Kaplan, J. O.; Roberts, P.: Land use change in a pericolonial society: intensification and diversification in Ifugao, Philippines between 1570 and 1800 CE. Frontiers in Earth Science 10, 680926 (2022)
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Journal Article
García-Escárzaga, A.; Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.; Cuenca-Solana, D.; González-Morales, M. R.; Hamann, C.; Roberts, P.; Fernandes, R.: Bayesian estimates of marine radiocarbon reservoir effect in northern Iberia during the Early and Middle Holocene. Quaternary Geochronology 67, 101232 (2022)
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Perez Ramallo, P.; Lorenzo-Lizalde, J. I.; Staniewska, A.; Lopez, B.; Alexander, M.; Marzo, S.; Lucas, M.; Ilgner, J.; Chivall, D.; Grandal-d́Anglade, A. et al.; Roberts, P.: Stable isotope analysis and differences in diet and social status in northern Medieval Christian Spain (9th–13th centuries CE). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 41, 103325 (2022)
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Freire, V. Z.; Roberts, P.; Meléndez, A. S.; Tromp, M.; Quesada, M. N.: Managing environmental diversity in the eastern foothills of the Andes: pre-Columbian agrarian landscapes in the El Alto-Ancasti mountain range. World archaeology, 1997639, pp. 1 - 28 (2022)
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Gayantha, K.; Roberts, P.; Routh, J.; Wedage, O.; Ott, F.; Frenzel, P.; Chandrajith, R.; Gleixner, G.: Mid-late Holocene sub-millennial scale inverse trends of South Asian summer and winter monsoons in Sri Lanka. Frontiers in Earth Science 9, 1244 (2021)
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Patalano, R.; Hamilton, R. J.; Finestone, E.; Amano, N.; Heddell Stevens, P.; Itambu, M.; Petraglia, M. D.; Roberts, P.: Microhabitat variability in Human Evolution. Frontiers in Earth Science 9, 1208 (2021)
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Robbeets, M.; Bouckaert, R.; Conte, M.; Savelyev, A.; Li, T.; An, D.-I.; Shinoda, K.; Cui, Y.; Kawashima, T.; Kim, G. et al.; Uchiyama, J.; Dolinska, J.; Oskolskaya, S.; Yamano, K.-Y.; Seguchi, N.; Tomita, H.; Takamiya, H.; Kanzawa-Kiriyama, H.; Oota, H.; Ishida, H.; Kimura, R.; Sato, T.; Kim, J.-H.; Bjorn, R.; Deng, B.; Rhee, S.; Ahn, K.-D.; Gruntov, I.; Mazo, O.; Bentley, J.; Fernandes, R.; Roberts, P.; Bausch, I.; Gilaizeau, L.; Yoneda, M.; Kugai, M.; Bianco, R. A.; Zhang, F.; Himmel, M.; Krause, J.; Hudson, M.; Ning, C.: Triangulation supports agricultural spread of the Transeurasian languages. Nature 599, s41586-021-04108-8, pp. 616 - 621 (2021)
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Journal Article
Blinkhorn, J.; Achyuthan, H.; Durcan, J.; Roberts, P.; Ilgner, J.: Constraining the chronology and ecology of Late Acheulean and Middle Palaeolithic occupations at the margins of the monsoon. Scientific Reports 11 (1), 19665 (2021)
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Roberts, P.; Hamilton, R.; Piperno, D. R.: Tropical forests as key sites of the “Anthropocene”: Past and present perspectives. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 118 (40), e2109243118, pp. 1 - 7 (2021)
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Solís-Torres, Ó. R.; Acosta-Ochoa, G.; Arroyo-Cabrales, J.; Flores-Granados, F.; Roberts, P.: Pleistocene-Holocene human palaeoecology in southern Mexico: stable isotopic evidence from the Santa Marta Cave, Chiapas. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 39, 103131 (2021)
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Robinson, M.; Morcote-Rios, G.; Aceituno, F. J.; Roberts, P.; Berrío, J. C.; Iriarte, J.: ‘Moving South’: Late Pleistocene plant exploitation and the importance of palm in the Colombian Amazon. Quaternary 4 (3), 26, pp. 1 - 21 (2021)
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Patalano, R.; Roberts, P.; Boivin, N.; Petraglia, M. D.; Mercader, J.: Plant wax biomarkers in human evolutionary studies. Evolutionary Anthropology, 21921 (2021)
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Caetano Andrade, V.; Schöngart, J.; Ayala, W. E.; Melinski, R. D.; Silva, F.; Dobrindt, R.; Roberts, P.: Advances in increment coring system for large tropical trees with high wood densities. Dendrochronologia, 125860 (2021)
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Swift, J. A.; Kirch, P. V.; Ilgner, J.; Brown, S.; Lucas, M.; Marzo, S.; Roberts, P.: Stable isotopic evidence for nutrient rejuvenation and long-term resilience on Tikopia Island (Southeast Solomon Islands). Sustainability 13 (15), 8567 (2021)
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Ingman, T.; Eisenmann, S.; Skourtanioti, E.; Akar, M.; Ilgner, J.; Gnecchi Ruscone, G. A.; le Roux, P.; Shafiq, R.; Neumann, G. U.; Keller, M. et al.; Freund, C.; Marzo, S.; Lucas, M.; Krause, J.; Roberts, P.; Yener, K. A.; Stockhammer, P. W.: Human mobility at Tell Atchana (Alalakh), Hatay, Turkey during the 2nd millennium BC: integration of isotopic and genomic evidence. PLoS One 16 (6), 0241883, p. e0241883 (2021)
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