Chris Clarkson

Research Associate
Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Stone tools, paelaeoeconomy, human dispersals, long-term human adaptation

Curriculum Vitae

2004 PhD from the Australian National University

2005 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Levehulme Centre of Human Evolutionary Biology, University of Cambridge

2006 Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Queensland

2007 Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship

2007 Tenure, University of Queensland

2011-2015 Australian Research Council QEII Fellowship

2017-2021 Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

2017 Professor of Archaeology, University of Queensland

2018 Beaufort Professorial Fellowship, St Johns College, University of Cambridge


Selected Publications

Clarkson, C., Harris, C., Li, B., Neudorf, C.M., Roberts, R.G., Lane, C., Norman, K., Pal, J., Jones, S., Shipton, C. and Koshy, J., 2020. Human occupation of northern India spans the Toba super-eruption~ 74,000 years ago. Nature Communications, 11(1), pp.1-10.

Florin, S.A., Fairbairn, A.S., Nango, M., Djandjomerr, D., Marwick, B., Fullagar, R., Smith, M., Wallis, L.A. and Clarkson, C., 2020. The first Australian plant foods at Madjedbebe, 65,000–53,000 years ago. Nature Communications, 11(1), pp.1-8. 

Pedro, N., Brucato, N., Fernandes, V., André, M., Saag, L., Pomat, W., Besse, C., Boland-Auge, A., Deleuze, J.-F., Clarkson, C., Sudoyo, H., Metspalu, M., Stoneking, M., Leavesley, M., L. Pereira and F.-X. Ricaut In Press Papuan mitochondrial genomes and the settlement of Sahul. Journal of Human Genetics [Paper #JHG-20-083R]. Accepted 14/5/20.

Mildwaters, J. and Clarkson, C., 2020. An experimental assessment of the grinding characteristics of some native seeds used by Aboriginal Australians. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 30, p.102127.

Rots, V., E. Hayes, K. Akerman, P. Green, C. Clarkson, C. Lepers, L. Bordes, C. McAdams, E. Foley, and R. Fullagar In Press Hafted Tool-use Experiments with Australian Aboriginal Plant Adhesives: Triodia Spinifex, Xanthorrhoea Grass Tree and Lechenaultia divaricata Mindrie. EXARC Journal 2020/1. 

David, B., Delannoy, J.J., Mialanes, J., Clarkson, C., Petchey, F., Geneste, J.M., Manne, T., Bird, M.I., Barker, B., Richards, T. and Chalmin, E., 2019. 45,610–52,160 years of site and landscape occupation at Nawarla Gabarnmang, Arnhem Land plateau (northern Australia). Quaternary Science Reviews, 215, pp.64-85. 

Langley, M.C., Clarkson, C. and Ulm, S., 2019. Symbolic expression in Pleistocene Sahul, Sunda, and Wallacea. Quaternary Science Reviews, 221, p.105883.

Shipton, C., Clarkson, C. and Cobden, R., 2019. Were Acheulean bifaces deliberately made symmetrical? Archaeological and experimental evidence. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 29(1), pp.65-79.

Muller, A., Clarkson, C., Baird, D. and Fairbairn, A., 2018. Reduction intensity of backed blades: Blank consumption, regularity and efficiency at the early Neolithic site of Boncuklu, Turkey. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 21, pp.721-732. 

Clarkson, C. and Riley, M., 2018. 65000 years of history on the Australian continent. Teaching History, 52(2), p.17.

Clarkson, C., Hiscock, P., Mackay, A. and Shipton, C., 2018. Small, Sharp, and Standardized: Global Convergence in Backed-Microlith Technology. In Convergent Evolution in Stone-Tool Technology (pp. 175-200). MIT Press Cambridge.

Mildwaters, J. and Clarkson, C., 2018. The efficiency of Australian grindstones for processing seed: A quantitative experiment using reproduction implements and controlling for morphometric variation and grinding techniques. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 17, pp.7-18. 

Norman, K., Inglis, J., Clarkson, C., Faith, J.T., Shulmeister, J. and Harris, D., 2018. An early colonisation pathway into northwest Australia 70-60,000 years ago. Quaternary Science Reviews, 180, pp.229-239.

Clarkson, C., Roberts, R.G., Jacobs, Z., Marwick, B., Fullagar, R., Arnold, L.J. and Hua, Q., 2018. Reply to comments on Clarkson et al. 2017 Human occupation of northern Australia by 65,000 years ago. Australian Archaeology, 84(1), pp.84-89.

Clarkson, C., Petraglia, M., Harris, C., Shipton, C. and Norman, K., 2018. The South Asian Microlithic: Homo sapiens Dispersal or Adaptive Response? In Lithic Technological Organization and Paleoenvironmental Change (pp. 37-61). Springer, Cham.

Clarkson, C., Jacobs, Z., Marwick, B., Fullagar, R., Wallis, L., Smith, M., Roberts, R.G., Hayes, E., Lowe, K., Carah, X., Florin, S.A., McNeil, J., Cox, D., Arnold, L.J., Hua, Q., Huntley, J., Brand, H.E.A., Manne, T., Fairbairn, A., Shulmeister, J., Lyle, L., Salinas, M., Page, M., Connell, K., Park, G., Norman, K., Murphy, T., Pardoe, C., 2017 Human occupation of northern Australia by 65,000 years ago. Nature 547:306-310.

Cobden, R., Clarkson, C., Price, G.J., David, B., Geneste, J.M., Delannoy, J.J., Barker, B., Lamb, L. and Gunn, R.G., 2017. The identification of extinct megafauna in rock art using geometric morphometrics: A Genyornis newtoni painting in Arnhem Land, northern Australia? Journal of Archaeological Science, 87:95-107. 

Clarkson, C. 2017 Teaching complex flint knapping strategies in the classroom using 'potato knapping'. Lithic Technology

Marwick, B., Hayes, E., Clarkson, C. and Fullagar, R., 2017. Movement of lithics by trampling: An experiment in the Madjedbebe sediments, northern Australia. Journal of Archaeological Science, 79, pp.73-85.

Muller, A., and C. Clarkson and C. Shipton Measuring behavioural and cognitive complexity in lithic technology throughout human evolution. 2017 Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48 (2017) 166–180. 

Clarkson, C., P. Hiscock and C. Shipton Small, Sharp and Standardised: Convergence in Backed Microlith Technology Globally. In M.J. O’Brien, B. Buchannan and M. Erin (Eds) Convergent Evolution in Stone Tools. Vienna: Konrad Lorenze Institute for Theoretical Biology.

Clarkson, C., Harris, C., and Shipton, C., 2017  Lithics at the Crossroads: A Review of Technological Transitions in South Asia. Ravi Korisettar Volume

Mildwaters, J. and C. Clarkson 2017 The efficiency of Australian grindstones for processing seed: A quantitative experiment using reproduction implements and controlling for morphometric variation and grinding techniques. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 17:7–18.

Muller A. and C. Clarkson 2016 Identifying major transitions in the evolution of lithic cutting edge production rates. PLOS ONEDOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0167244 December 9, 2016, pp.1-23.

Clarkson, C. 2016 Testing archaeological approaches to determining past projectile delivery systems using ethnographic and experimental data. In R. Iovita and K. Sano (Eds) Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Stone Age Weaponry. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series. New York: Springer. Pp.189-202.

Muller, A., and C. Clarkson 2016 A new method for accurately and precisely measuring flake platform area. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 8:178-186.

Marwick, B., Clarkson, C., O'Connor, S. and S. Collins 2016 Pleistocene-aged stone artefacts from Jerimalai, East Timor: Long term conservatism in early modern human technology in island Southeast Asia. Journal of Human Evolution 101:45-64.

Nguyen, D.T. and C. Clarkson 2016 Typological transformations among late Palaeolithic flake core tools in Vietnam: An examination of the Pa Muoi assemblage.  Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology 40 (2016): 32-42

Shipton, C. and C. Clarkson 2015 Handaxe resharpening and its influence on shape: an experimental test and archaeological case study. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 3:408–419.

Hiscock, P. and C. Clarkson 2015 Retouch intensity on Quina scrapers at Combe Grenal: A test of the reduction model. In Behie, A.M. and M.F. Oxenham  (Eds) Taxonomic Tapestries: The Threads of  Evolutionary, Behavioural and Conservation Research. Canberra: ANU Press.

Clarkson, C. and C. Shipton 2015 Teaching Ancient Technology using ‘Hands-On’ Learning and Experimental. Archaeology Ethnoarchaeology 7(2):157-172.

Clarkson, C., Smith, M., Marwick, B., Fullagar, R., Wallis, L., Faulkner, P., Manne, T., Roberts, R., Jacobs, Z., X. Carah Lowe, K., Hayes, E., Matthews, J. and A. Florin 2015 The archaeology, chronology and stratigraphy of Madjedbebe (Malakunanja II): A site in northern Australia with early occupation. Journal of Human Evolution 83:46-63.

Shipton, C. and C. Clarkson 2015 3D measurement of biface reduction: A case study of refinement and reduction intensity in the Acheulian. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 2:169–175.

Clarkson, C., Haslam, M. and C. Harris 2015 When to retouch, haft, or discard? Experimental examinations of the importance of manufacturing costs and use-maintenance schedules in optimal tool use. In Andrefsky, W. and N. Goodale (eds) Evolutionary Approaches to Lithic Analysis. Pp.117-138Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Brindley, J. and C. Clarkson 2015 Beyond a suggestive morphology: Were Wardaman stone points exclusively spear armatures? Australian Archaeology 80:81-92.

Clarkson, C., C. Shipton and M. Weisler 2015 Front, back and sides: experimental replication and archaeological analysis of Hawaiian Adzes and associated debitage. Archaeology in Oceania 50:71-84.

Hayes, E.H., R.L.K. Fullagar, C.J. Clarkson and S. O’Connor 2015 Usewear on the platform: ’use-flakes’ and ‘retouch-flakes’ from northern Australia and TimorPp.77-90. In S. Nunziante Cesaro and C. Lemori (Eds) An Integration of Use-Wear and Residue Analysis for the Identification of the Function of Archaeological Stone Tools: Proceedings of the International Workshop Rome, March 5th-7th, 2012.

Lowe, K. M., L. A. Wallis, C. Pardoe, B. Marwick, C. Clarkson, T. Manne, M. A. Smith and R. Fullagar. 2014 Ground-penetrating radar and burial practices in western Arnhem Land, Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 19:148-157.

Muller, A. and C. Clarkson 2014 Estimating original flake mass on blades using 3D platform area: problems and prospects. Journal of Archaeological Science 52:31–38.

Hiscock, P. and C. Clarkson 2007 Retouched notches at Combe Grenal and the reduction hypothesis. American Antiquity 72(1):176-190.

Clarkson, C., C. Shipton and M. Weisler 2014 Determining the Reduction Sequence of Hawaiian Quadrangular Adzes using 3D Approaches: A case study from Moloka‘i. Journal of Archaeological Science 49:361-371

Clarkson, C. 2014 East of Eden: Founder Effects and the Archaeological Signature of Modern Human Dispersal. In Porr, M. and R. Dennell (Eds) Southern Asia, Australia, and the Search for Human Origins, Pp.76-89. Cambridge University Press. 

Clarkson, C. and A. Bellas 2014 Mapping stone: using GIS spatial modelling to predict lithic source zones. Journal of Archaeological Science 46:324-333.

Nguyen, D. and C. Clarkson 2013 The organisation of drill production at a Neolithic lithic workshop site of Bai Ben, Cat Ba Island, Vietnam. Journal of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 33:24-39.

Clarkson, C. and S. O’Connor 2013 An introduction to stone artefact analysis. In Paterson, A. and J. Balme (eds) Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses, 2nd Edition. Pp.151-206. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell, Mass. 

Clarkson, C. 2013 Measuring core reduction using 3D flake scar density: a test case of changing core reduction at Klasies River Mouth, South AfricaJournal of Archaeological Science 40:4348-4357.

Shipton, C., C. Clarkson, M. A. Bernal, N. Boivin, C. Finlayson, G. Finlayson, D. Fa, F. Giles Pacheco, and M. Petraglia2013 Variation in Lithic Technological Strategies among the Neanderthals of GibraltarPLOS ONE 8(6):1-13.

Shipton, C., Clarkson, C., Pal, J.N., Jones, S.C., Roberts, R.G., Harris, C., Gupta, M.C., Ditchfield, P.W., and Petraglia, M.D. 2013 Generativity, hierarchical action and recursion in the technology of the Acheulean to Middle Palaeolithic transition: A perspective from Patpara, the Son Valley, IndiaJournal of Human Evolution 65:93-108.

Petraglia, M., A. AlsharekhP. BreezeC. ClarksonR. CrassardN.A. DrakeH.S. GroucuttR.  JenningsA.G. ParkerA. PartonR.G. RobertsC. ShiptonC. MathesonA. al-OmariM.-A. Veall 2013 Hominin Dispersal into the Nefud Desert and Middle Palaeolithic Settlement along the Jubbah Palaeolake, Northern Arabia. PLOS ONE 7(11):1-21.  

Clarkson, C., S. Jones and C. Harris 2012 Continuity and Change in the Lithic Industries of the Jurreru Valley, India, Before and After the Toba Eruption. Quaternary International 258:165-179.

Haslam, M., Clarkson, C., Roberts R.G., J. Bora, R. Korisettar, P. Ditchfield, A. Chivas, C. Harris, V. Smith, A. Oh, S. Eksambekar, N. Boivin, M. Petraglia 2012 JWP22: A southern Indian Middle Palaeolithic occupation surface sealed by the 74 ka Toba eruption: further evidence from Jwalapuram Locality 22. Quaternary International 258:148-164. IF=2.0

Haslam, M., C. Harris, C. Clarkson, J.N. Pal, C. Shipton, A. Crowther, J. Koshy, J. Bora, H. Prasad Ram, K. Price, A.K. Dubey, and M. Petraglia 2012 Dhaba: An initial report on an Acheulean, Middle Palaeolithic and microlithic locality in the Middle Son Valley, north-central IndiaQuaternary International 258:191-199. IF=2.0

Hiscock, P., C. Clarkson and A. Mackay 2011 Big debates over little tools:  ongoing disputes over microliths on three continents. World Archaeology 43(4):660–671.

David, B., F. Petchey, C. Rowe, B. Barker, L. Lamb, Miller, W. Miller, S. Hoerle, D. James, E. Boche, Elisa; K. Aplin; I.J.McNiven, J.-M. Geneste, T. Richards, A. Fairbairn, J. Matthews, R.L. Whear, J.-J Delannoy, M. Katherine, R.G. Gunn, C. Clarkson, H. Plisson and P. Lee 2011 Nawarla Gabarnmang, a 45,180 +/- 910 cal BP site in Jawoyn country, Southwest Arnhem Land Plateau. Australian Archaeology 73:  73–77.

O’Connor, S., R. Ono and C. Clarkson 2011 Pelagic fishing at 42,000 BP and the maritime skills of modern humans. Science 334:1117-1121.

Connell, K. and C. Clarkson 2011 Scraper reduction continuums and efficient tool use: A functional analysis of scrapers at different stages of reduction. Marwick, B and A. Mackay (eds) Keeping your Edge: Recent Approaches to the Organisation of Stone Artefact Technology. Pp.45-56. British Archaeological Reports S2273. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Langley, M., C. Clarkson and S. Ulm 2011 From Small Holes to Grand Narratives: The Impact of Taphonomy and Sample Size on the Modernity Debate in Australia and New Guinea. Journal of Human Evolution 61:197-208.

Clarkson, C., and P. Hiscock 2011 Predicting Original Flake Mass from 3-D Platform Area. Journal of Archaeological Science 38:1062-1068.

Eren, M., Kollecker M. A., Clarkson, C., and B.A. Bradley 2010 Dynamic Approaches to Teaching Lithic Technology: Using YouTube in the Classroom. Ethnoarchaeology 2(2): 223-233.

McNiven, I.J., D. Bruno, K. Aplin, M. Pivoru, W. Pivoru, A. Sexton, J. Brown, C. Clarkson, K. Connell, J. Stanisic, M. Weisler, S. Haberle, A. Fairbairn and N. Kemp 2010 Historicising the Present: Late Holocene Emergence of a Rainforest Hunting Camp, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea. Australian Archaeology 71: 41-56

Geneste, J.-M.  B. David, H. Plisson, C. Clarkson, J.-J. Delannoy, F. Petchey and R. Whear 2010 Earliest Evidence for Ground-Edge Axes: 35,400±410 cal BP from Jawoyn Country, Arnhem Land. Australian Archaeology 71:66-69.

Haslam, M., Petraglia, M., R. Korisettar, C. Clarkson, Janardhana, B. N. Boivin, P. Ditchfied and S. Jones 2010 Indian lithic technology at the time of the 74kyr BP Toba super-eruption: new evidence from Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh. In D. Kemp (Ed.) The Upper Palaeolithic Revolution in Global Perspective. Pp.73-84.Cambridge: MacDonald Institute of Archaeology, The University of Cambridge. 

Clarkson, C. 2010 Regional diversity within the core technology of the Howiesons Poort Techno-Complex. In S. Lycett and P. Chauhan (eds) New Perspectives on Old Stones: Analytical Approaches to Palaeolithic Technologies. Pp.43-60.New York: Springer Press. 

Haslam, M., Clarkson, C., Petraglia, M., Korisettar, R., Jones, S., Shipton, C., Ditchfield, P. and S. Ambrose 2010 The 74,000 BP Toba super-eruption and southern Indian hominins: archaeology, lithic technology and environments at Jwalapuram Locality 3. Journal of Archaeological Science 37:3370-3384.

Petraglia, M.D. Haslam, M., Fuller, D.Q., Boivin, N. and C. Clarkson 2010 Out of Africa: New hypotheses for the dispersal of Homo sapiens along the Indian Ocean rim. Annals of Human Biology 37(3):288-311.

David, B., Geneste, J.-M., Aplin, K., Delannoy, J.-J., Araho, N., Clarkson, C., Connell, K., Haberle, S., Barker, B., Lamb, L., Stanisic, J., Fairbairn, A., Skelly, R. and C. Rowea 2010 The Emo site (OAC), Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea: Resolving long-standing questions of antiquity and implications for the history of the ancestral Hiri maritime trade. Australian Archaeology 70: 39-54.

Clarkson, C. and L. Schmidt 2009 Stone artefact manufacture at the Natunuku, Votua, Kulu and Ugaga sites, Fiji. In. G. Clark and Anderson, A (eds) The Early Prehistory of Fiji. Pp.345-372. Terra Australis 31. Canberra: ANU E Press.

Hiscock, P. and C. Clarkson 2009 The reality of reduction experiments and the GIUR: reply to Eren and Sampson. Journal of Archaeological Science 36(7): 1576-1581.

Petraglia, M., Clarkson, C.J., Boivin, J., Haslam, M., Korisettar, R., Chaubey, G., Ditchfield, P., Fuller, D., James, H., Jones, S., Kivisild, T., Koshy, J., Lahr, M.M., Metspalu, M., Roberts, R., and L. Arnold 2009 Population increase and environmental deterioration correspond with microlithic innovations in South Asia ca. 35,000 years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, USA 106(3):12261-12266

Clarkson, C., Petraglia, M., R. Korisettar, M. Haslam, N. Boivin, A. Crowther, P. Ditchfield, D. Fuller, P. Miracle, C. Harris, K. Connell, H. James and J. Koshy 2009 The oldest and longest enduring microlithic sequence in India: 35,000 years of modern human occupation and change at the Jwalapuram Locality 9 rockshelter. Antiquity 83(2):1-23. 

Petraglia, M., R. Korisettar, M.K. Bai, N. Boivin, C. Clarkson, K. Cunningham, P. Ditchfield, D. Fuller, J. Hampson, S. Jones, J. Koshy, P. Miracle, C. Oppenheimer, K. White. 2009 Cave and rockshelter records, the Toba super-eruption and forager-farmer interactions in the Kurnool District, India. Journal of Eurasian Prehistory: A Journal for Primary Archaeological Data 6(1-2): 119-166.

Clarkson, C. 2008 Explaining Reduction Intensity, Settlement and Subsistence in Wardaman Country, Northern Australia. In Andrefsky, W. (ed.) Lithic Technology:  Measures of Production, Use, and Curation. Pp.286-316. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Clarkson, C. 2008b Lithics in the Landscape. In David, B. and N. Thomas (eds) Handbook of Landscape Archaeology. Pp.490-501. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press. 

Clarkson, C. and P. Hiscock 2008 Tapping into the past: Exploring Palaeolithic reduction patterns through experimentation. Lithic Technology 33(2):1-15.

Nejman, L. and C. Clarkson 2008 Scraper and Notch Reduction in Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Assemblages from Central Europe.Lithic Technology 33(2):16-33.

Hiscock, P. and C. Clarkson 2008 The construction of morphological diversity: A study of Mousterian implements. Andrefsky, W. (ed.) Lithic Technology:  Measures of Production, Use, and Curation. Pp.106-135. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Langley, M., Clarkson, C. and S.J. Ulm 2008 Behavioural Complexity in Eurasian Neanderthal Populations: A Chronological Examination of the Archaeological EvidenceCambridge Archaeological Journal 18(3):289-307.

Petraglia, M., R. Korisettar, N. Boivin, C. Clarkson, P. Ditchfield, S. Jones, M.M. Lahr, C. Oppenheimer, D. Pyle, R. Roberts, J.-L. Schwenninger, L. Arnold and K. White 2007 Middle Palaeolithic assemblages from the Indian sub-continent before and after the Toba super-eruption. Science 317:114-116.

 Clarkson, C. 2007 Lithics in the Land of the Lightning Brothers: 15,000 years of Technological and Cultural Change in Wardaman Country, Northern Territory. Terra Australis 25. Canberra: E Press. 

Clarkson, C. 2006 Explaining point variability in the eastern Victoria River Region, Northern Territory. Archaeology in Oceania 41:97-106.

Clarkson, C. 2006 Interpreting surface assemblage variation in the eastern Victoria River region. In Lilley, I. and S. Ulm (eds) An Archaeological Life: Essays in Honour of Jay Hall. Pp.179-192. Brisbane: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Report Series7.

Clarkson, C. 2006 Comment on “Reassessing Australia’s linguistic prehistory” by Mark Clendon. Current Anthropology 47(1):52-53.

Clarkson, C., Vinicius, L. and Lahr, M.M. 2006 Quantifying flake scar patterning on cores using 3D recording techniques. Journal of Archaeological Science 33(1):132-142.

Clarkson, C. and S. O’Connor 2006 An introduction to stone artefact analysis. In Paterson, A. and J. Balme (eds) Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses. Pp.159-206. Boston: Blackwell, Mass. 

Clarkson, C. and L. Lamb (Eds) 2005a Lithics ‘Down Under’: Australian Approaches to Lithic Reduction, Use and Classification. British Archaeological Reports International Monograph Series S1408. Oxford: Archaeopress. 

Clarkson, C. and L. Lamb 2005b Introduction: casting new light on old stones. In Clarkson, C. and L. Lamb (eds) Lithics ‘Down Under’: Australian Approaches to Lithic Reduction, Use and Classification. Pp.1-6. British Archaeological Reports International Monograph Series S1408. Oxford: Archaeopress. 

Clarkson, C. 2005 Tenuous types – scraper reduction continuums in the Eastern Victoria River Region, Northern Territory. In Clarkson, C. and L. Lamb (eds) Lithics ‘Down Under’: Australian Approaches to Lithic Reduction, Use and Classification. Pp.21-34. British Archaeological Reports International Monograph Series S1408. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Hiscock, P. and C. Clarkson 2005 Measuring artefact reduction: An evaluation of Kuhn’s Geometric Index of Unifacial Reduction. In Clarkson, C. and L. Lamb (eds) Lithics ‘Down Under’: Australian Approaches to Lithic Reduction, Use and Classification. Pp.7-20. British Archaeological Reports International Monograph Series S1408. Oxford: Archaeopress. 

Hiscock, P. and C. Clarkson 2005 Experimental evaluation of Kuhn’s Geometric Index of Reduction and the flat-flake problem. Journal of Archaeological Science 32:1015-1022. 

Ulm, S., S. Cotter, M. Cotter, I. Lilley, C. Clarkson and J. Reid 2005 Edge-ground hatchets on the southern Curtis Coast, central Queensland: A preliminary assessment of technology, chronology and provenance. In I. Macfarlane, M-J. Mountain and R. Paton (eds), Many Exchanges: Archaeology, History, Community and the Work of Isabel McBryde, Pp.323-342. Aboriginal History Monograph 11. Canberra: Aboriginal History Inc.

Clarkson, C. and L. Wallis 2003 The search for El Niño/Southern Oscillation in archaeological sites: recent results from Jugali-ya Rockshelter, Wardaman Country. In L. Wallis and D. Hart (eds) Phytolith and Starch Research in the Australian-Pacific-Asian Regions: The State of the Art. Pp.137-152. Terra Australis 19. Canberra: Pandanus Press.

Clarkson, C. 2002a Holocene scraper reduction, technological organization and landuse at Ingaladdi Rockshelter, Northern Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 37(2):79-86. 

Clarkson, C. 2002b An index of invasiveness for the measurement of unifacial and bifacial retouch: A theoretical, experimental and archaeological verification. Journal of Archaeological Science 61:65-75. 

Clarkson, C. 2001 Technological change in Wardaman Country: report on the 1999 season. Journal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 2001/1:63-68.

Hiscock, P. and C. Clarkson 2000 Analysing Australian stone artefacts: an agenda for the Twenty-First Century. Australian Archaeology50:98-108

Eales, T., C. Westcott, I. Lilley, S. Ulm, D. Brian and C. Clarkson 1999 Roof Fall Cave, Cania Gorge: site report. Queensland Archaeological Research 11:29-42.

Westcott, C., I. Lilley, S. Ulm, C. Clarkson and D. Brian 1999 Big Foot Art Site: Site Report. Queensland Archaeological Research11:43-58.

Lilley, I., D. Brain, C. Clarkson and S. Ulm 1998 Pleistocene occupation at Cania Gorge, Central Queensland: preliminary results of fieldwork. Archaeology in Oceania 33(1):28-31.

David, B., I. McNiven, L. Bekessy, B. Boltitude, C. Clarkson, E. Lawson, C. Murray and C. Tuniz 1998 More Than 37,000 years of Aboriginal occupation. In B. David (Ed.) Ngarrabullgan: Geographical Investigations In Djungan Country, Cape York Pensisula. Monash Publications in Geography and Environmental Science Number 51. Melbourne: Monash University, Department of Geography and Environmental Science.

Clarkson, C. and B. David 1995 The antiquity of blades and points revisited: investigating the emergence of systematic blade production south-west of Arnhem Land, northern Australia. The Artefact 18:22-44.

Research Projects

Out of Africa human dispersal and technology

South Asian technological change and human origins 80-5 ka, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. With Prof Ravi Korisettar, Prof Jagnatha Pal, Prof Mike Petraglia, Dr Nicky Boivin and many others

Sri Lankan technological change and human origins– Bundula site. With Oshan Wedage, Prof Mike Petraglia, Dr Nicky Boivin and many others

Phylogenetic analysis of lithic technology and human dispersal – with Prof Mark Collard and Dr Briggs Buchannan

Long term human adaptation and technological change in Southeast Asia and Australia


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