Amy Hatton

Doctoral Researcher
Department Structural Changes of the Technosphere
+49 3641 686-732

Main Focus

Amy is a Doctoral Researcher working at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, supervised by Dr Huw Groucutt. Generally, she is interested in long term human-environment interaction and cultural change. Amy’s current research uses remote sensing to identify stone structures on the Arabian peninsula. She aims use computer visiontechniques to identify and map stone structures from satellite imagery. By understanding the spatial and temporal variation of these stone structures, she hope’s to gain greater knowledge of how humans were adapting to climate changes in Arabia during the Holocene.

Curriculum Vitae

Amy completed her Bsc. and BscHons at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) specialising in archaeology and ecology & evolution. She gained experience in analysing archaeological artefacts such as stone tools and ostrich eggshell beads, as well as conducting fieldwork. Amy was able to work in the field on a wide variety of projects based around South Africa. Her Honours thesis examined use wear on the Blombos shell beads, which she mapped and statistically analysed to show that the stringing styles had changed through time. Amy studied my Msc. in Computational Archaeology at University College London. Her thesis focused on the spatial distribution of Palaeolithic archaeological sites in southern Africa, and how this is affected by geology and preservation bias.


Wilkins, J., Schoville, B.J., Pickering, R., Gliganic, L., Collins, B., Brown, K.S., von der Meden, J., Khumalo, W., Meyer, M.C., Maape, S. and Blackwood, A.F. Hatton, A. 2021. Innovative Homo sapiens behaviours 105,000 years ago in a wetter Kalahari. Nature, 592(7853), pp.248-252.

Wilkins, J., Schoville, B.J., Brown, K.S., Gliganic, L., Meyer, M.C., Loftus, E., Pickering, R., Collins, B., Blackwood, A.F., Makalima, S. and Hatton, A., 2020. Fabric analysis and chronology at Ga-Mohana Hill North Rockshelter, southern Kalahari Basin: evidence for in situ, stratified Middle and Later Stone Age deposits. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology, 3(3), pp.336-361.

Hatton, A., Schoville, B.J. and Wilkins, J., 2020. A quantitative analysis of wear distributions on Middle Stone Age marine shell beads from Blombos Cave, South Africa. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 29, p.102137.

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