Department of Archaeology

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Dr. Andrea Kay

Kahlaische Strasse 10

07745 Jena



Dr. Andrea Kay

Dr. Andrea Kay
Dr. Andrea Kay
Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

I am an archaeologist who focuses on the study of human-environment interactions over archaeological timescales, using a unique suite of interdisciplinary methods. I am fascinated by the relationships between humans and their environment. My current research focuses on subsistence and land use in Southern Zambia during the Initial-Early Iron Age. By using a combination of macro and micro scale archaeobotanical methods, as well as a suite of advanced lab analyses, I will be able to build a more complete picture of the human-environment interactions of early farming communities, as well as better constrain the dates of the introduction of farming to the region.

Curriculum Vitae


August 2018 - PhD, Environmental Science, Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST), University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

November 2008 - MSc, GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK.

May 2005 - BA, Anthropology, University of Rhode Island, USA.


Stephens, L., D. Fuller, N. Boivin, T. Rick, N. Gauthier, A. Kay, B. Marwick, C. G. D. Armstrong, C. M. Barton, T. Denham, K. Douglass, J. Driver, L. Janz, P. Roberts, J. D. Rogers, H. Thakar, M. Altaweel, A. L. Johnson, M. M. S. Vattuone, M. Aldenderfer, S. Archila, G. Artioli, M. T. Bale, T. Beach, F. Borrell, T. Braje, P. I. Buckland, N. G. J. Cano, J. M. Capriles, A. D. Castillo, Ç. Çilingiroğlu, M. N. Cleary, J. Conolly, P. R. Coutros, R. A. Covey, M. Cremaschi, A. Crowther, L. Der, S. di Lernia, J. F. Doershuk, W. E. Doolittle, K. J. Edwards, J. M. Erlandson, D. Evans, A. Fairbairn, P. Faulkner, G. Feinman, R. Fernandes, S. M. Fitzpatrick, R. Fyfe, E. Garcea, S. Goldstein, R. C. Goodman, J. D. Guedes, J. Herrmann, P. Hiscock, P. Hommel, K. A. Horsburgh, C. Hritz, J. W. Ives, A. Junno, J. G. Kahn, B. Kaufman, C. Kearns, T. R. Kidder, F. Lanoë, D. Lawrence, G.-A. Lee, M. J. Levin, H. B. Lindskoug, J. A. López-Sáez, S. Macrae, R. Marchant, J. M. Marston, S. McClure, M. D. McCoy, A. Ventresca Miller, M. Morrison, G. M. Matuzeviciute, J. Müller, A. Nayak, S. Noerwidi, T. M. Peres, C. E. Peterson, L. Proctor, A. R. Randall, S. Renette, G. R. Schug, K. Ryzewski, R. Saini, V. Scheinsohn, P. Schmidt, P. Sebillaud, O. Seitsonen, I. A. Simpson, A. Sołtysiak, R. J. Speakman, R. N. Spengler, M. L. Steffen, M. J. Storozum, K. M. Strickland, J. Thompson, T. L. Thurston, S. Ulm, M. C. Ustunkaya, M. H. Welker, C. West, P. R. Williams, D. K. Wright, N. Wright, M. Zahir, A. Zerboni, E. Beaudoin, S. M. Garcia, J. Powell, A. Thornton, J. O. Kaplan, M.-J. Gaillard, K. K. Goldewijk and E. Ellis (2019) Archaeological assessment reveals Earth’s early transformation through land use. Science, 365(6456), 897-902 doi: 10.1126/science.aax1192.

Kay, A. U., D. Q. Fuller, K. Neumann, B. Eichhorn, A. Höhn, J. Morin-Rivat, L. Champion, V. Linseele, E. Huysecom, S. Ozainne, L. Lespez, S. Biagetti, M. Madella, U. Salzmann, and J. O. Kaplan (2019) Diversification, Intensification, and Specialization: Changing land use in western Africa from 1800 BC to AD 1500. Journal of World Prehistory, 32(2), 179–228 doi: 10.1007/s10963-019-09131-2.

Vaiglova, P., P. Halstead, M. Pappa, S. Triantaphyllou, S.M. Valamoti, J. Evans, R. Fraser, P. Karkanas, A. Kay, J. Lee-Thorp, and A. Bogaard (2018) Of cattle and feasts: Multi-isotope investigation of animal husbandry and communal feasting at Neolithic Makriyalos, northern Greece. PLoS ONE, 13(6), e0194474 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0194474.

Morrison, K. D., E. Hammer, L. Popova, M. Madella, N. Whitehouse, M. J. Gaillard, J. Aleru, M. Arroyo-Kalin, A. Bauer, C. Betancourt, S. Biagetti, R. Bishop, O. Boles, C. Clement, P. Cruz, B. Dennis, A. Ekblom, K. Elizabeth, E. Ellis, S. Flantua, T. Foster, D. Gronenborn, M. Hannaford, J. Iriarte, A. Junqueira, A. Kay, K. Klein-Goldewijk, J. Kolář, C. Lancelotti, P. Lane, C. Leclerc, M.-P. Ledru, C. Lemmen, C. Levis, U. Lombardo, S. Maezumi, M. Manyanga, R. Marchant, N. Maughan, F. Mayle, C. McMichael, S. Monprapussorn, C. Moraes, R. Muchena, E. Neves, S. Pandey, L. Phelps, Z. Pinke, P. Riris, S. Rostain, T. Russel, R. Saini, M. Schmidt, A. Shikoni, A. Sluyter, R. Ssemulende, D. Stump, A. Styring, B. Sultan, P. Szabo, E. Tamanaha, E. Tello, E. Thomas, B. Vanniere, L. Wandsnider, M. Widgren (2018). Global-scale comparisons of human land use: developing shared terminology for land-use practices for global change. PAGES Magazine, 26(1), 8-9 doi:10.22498/pages.26.1.8.

Carter, V., S. Alexandroff, X. Benito, A. Bonk, M. Chevalier, A. Kay, A. Koch, S.Y. Maezumi, N. Schafstall, T. Trofimova (2018) The PAGES Early-Career Network. PAGES Magazine, 26(1), 36 doi:10.22498/pages.26.1.36.

Marchant, R., S. Richer, C. Capitani, C. Courtney-Mustaphi, M. Prendergast, D. Stump, S. Wynne-Jones, O. Boles, D. Wright, C. F. Vazquez, J. Lejju, C. Lang, P. Lane, A. Kay, L. Phelps, D. Fuller, M. Widgren, P. Punwong, N. Boivin, M. Gaillard-Lemdahl, K. Morrison, J. Kaplan, J. Benard, A. Crowther, A. Cuní-Sanchez, G. de Cort, N. Deeres, J. Farmer, L. Gillson, E. Githumbi, T. Kabora, R. Kariuki, R. Kinyanjui, E. Kyazike, H. McParland, V. Muiruri, C. Mumbi, R. Muthoni, A. Muzuka, E. Ndiema, C. Nzaba, D. Olago, I. Onjala, A. P. Schrijver, N. Petek, A. Reid, S. Rucina, C. Shipton, A. Shoemaker, S. Thornton-Barnett, G. van der Plas, L. Watson, and D. Williamson (2018) Drivers and trajectories of land cover change in East Africa: human and environmental interactions from 6000 years ago to present. Earth-Science Reviews, 178, 322-378 doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.12.010.

Kay, A. U., L.N. Phelps, and J. O. Kaplan (2016) Mapping Human Subsistence in West Africa (1000 BC to AD 1500). Workshop Report. PAGES Magazine, 24(1), 38 doi:10.22498/pages.24.1.38.

Kay, A. U. and J. O. Kaplan (2016) A classification of subsistence lifestyles and land use in prehistoric Africa. Abstract for presentation given at The African Quaternary: environments, ecology and humans (AFQUA), Cape Town, South Africa, 30 January – 7 February 2015. Quaternary International, 404(Part B), 211-212 doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.211.

Smith, A. M. II and A. U. Kay (2016) Bir Madhkur Project. In Corbett, G. J., D. R. Keller, B. A. Porter, and C. P. Shelton “Archaeology in Jordan, 2014 and 2015 Seasons.” American Journal of Archaeology, 120(4), 631–672 doi:10.3764/aja.120.4.0631.

Kay, A. U. and J. O. Kaplan (2015) Human subsistence and land use in sub-Saharan Africa, 1000 BC to AD 1500: A review, quantification, and classification. Anthropocene, 9, 14-32 doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2015.05.001.

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