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Andrew George Sherratt September 20, 2008

Filed under: Tributes — Argy @ 7:56 pm


February 24th, 2006  will be deeply engraved at the hearts of Andrew Sherratt’s family, colleagues and those of us who were lucky to be his students. He was at Witney, Oxfordshire working on a pubication, with other specialists, from the analysis of milk residues in early pottery, a few hours before the sudden heart failure. Just a few months ago, in October 2005, he had accepted the invitation of the University of Sheffield to a personal chair, that of the Professor of Old World Prehistory. Andrew Sherratt was only 59 years old. He was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 8 May, 1946.  

The insightful and thought-provoking British archaeologist whose ability to analyze at a global scale paralleled him only to another towering figure of archaeology, V. Gordon Childe, received international reputation and respect. With his breadth of knowledge, interests and original thought, he contributed extremely to the European, Near Eastern and Asian archaeology.


“Although Sherratt took his prehistory very seriously, he was a very entertaining speaker and writer, with a gift for the use of the English language that enthralled audiences on the international stage. His levity of manner perhaps did not endear him to some of the more conservative corners of academe, but it won him devoted disciples and good friends in many countries.” Paul Halstead


His academic interests were the history and theory of archaeology, the European prehistory, especially central and eastern Europe, the reconstruction of prehistoric settlement patterns by survey and mapping. Apart from that, environmental archaeology, early agriculture and technology including prehistoric metallurgy, megalithic monuments, skeuomorphism and the social history of material culture. And finally the ritual use of psychotropic substances, the anthropology of consumption, the early trade, the world-systems as well as the comparative world archaeology and anthropology. Not enough things can be said about such a personality, his character and career. This is but a small introduction to the many successes of Andrew Sherratt.



McNeill Erasmus Prize Stipendium 1998-9

ScD (University of Cambridge) 1999

PhD (University of Cambridge) 1976 (Thesis title: The Beginning of the Bronze Age in south-east Europe). D.Phil. (University of Oxford, by incorporation, 1976).

MA (Cambridge) 1972; MA (University of Oxford, by incorporation, 1973).

BA (Cambridge) 1968; Archaeology and Anthropology. Tripos (special subject in Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age Europe).

Open Scholarship in History (1965) and Senior Scholarship in Archaeology (1967), Peterhouse, Cambridge.

He received his education, during the 1960’s and 1970’s in an atmosphere of creative research tension that was provided by Grahame Clark, Disney Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge and Master of Peterhouse, and David Clark, a brilliant younger scholar. In 1973 he got appointed Assistant Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University and it was then that he moved to Oxford, his academic home until the October of 2005 when he was invited to a personal chair that of the Professor of Old World Prehistory at the University of Sheffield. 

At the University of Oxford he became from Assistant Keeper to Senior Curator, Lecturer in Archaeology, Reader and Professor.
He played a major role in setting up an undergraduate degree course in Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford, and was rather belatedly made Professor there in 2002.”  Paul Halstead
He was a visiting scholar lecturing in Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Turkey, Russia, America. He gave lectures at the Munro Lectures at Edinburgh in 1985, at the David Clarke Memorial Lecture at Cambridge in 1995, at the Context and Human Society Lectures at Boston University in 1998. 
He first received international recognition with his model of an Old World Plough and pastoralism: aspects of the secondary products revolution, published in Pattern of the Past: studies in honour of David Clarke,  in 1981.  

Dr. Susan Sherratt was his companion and wife for more than 30 years. Andrew Sherratt and Dr. Susan Sherratt got married in 1974 and had three children; two sons and a daughter.

Dr. Susan Sherratt a distinguished archaeologist herself was his companion in many of his studies as well as her research interests are in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages of the Aegean, Cyprus and the wider Eastern Mediterranean. In particular, all aspects of trade and interaction within and beyond these regions. She is interested in exploring the ways in which the Homeric epics and the archaeological record can most usefully be combined. She is currently involved in the following projects: 1) Materiality and Practice: Cultural Entanglements between 2nd millennium BC East Mediterranean Societies, 2) Excavations at Palaepaphos-Marchello, Cyprus, 3) The Linking up of the Mediterranean, 3000-700 BC., 4) ArchAtlas.

They worked and published several important studies together i.e. on how and why Near Eastern technologies, symbols and craft goods had been adopted by European societies as well as on the antiquity of the Indo-European languages in Europe. Concerning the latter they argued that similar languages over large distances are as likely to reflect linguistic convergence of interacting populations as divergence of people with common biological ancestry.  

Andrew Sherratt was a true scholar, a loving husband and a modest human as he would often say: 


 “Sue is the real scholar.

I am just a passenger in our journeys into the past.”



One of the many projects than Andrew Sherratt had taken with him when he accepted the Chair of the Old World Prehistory at the Sheffield University was the ArchAtlas project. Always open to the use of new technologies, he initiated this project in Oxford in 2000 as a means of making available the kinds of images and interpretations which are more easily disseminated through a website than through conventional paper publication.

The ArchAtlas aims to provide a visual summary of spatial processes in prehistoric and early historic times. The spread of farming, the formation of trade contacts and the growth of urban systems as well as the illustration of the locations of key archaeological sites are its goals. The means to achieve this are GIS techniques in order to integrate georeferenced information of archaeological sites, cultural entities and contact routes with environmental data and satellite imagery.    






The Andrew Sherratt Fund is a scholarship fund established in memory of Andrew Sherratt. The intention is to distribute funds annually on the basis of open competition, fascilitating postgraduate students in Old World Prehistory and from academic institutions anywhere in the world, to travel or to gain access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

In the first instance the fund will be administered by Professor John Bennet (Head of Department of Archaeology, Sheffield), Dr Cyprian Broodbank (UCL), Dr Joan Oates (Cambridge), Professor Tony Wilkinson (Durham), and Professor Norman Yoffee (Michigan)

A core fund has already been established. For further financial contributions and so to ensure that a level of support worthy of Andrew Sherratt’s memory be available to future students, donations can be send by cheque (payable to The University of Sheffield) to:

Naomi Nathan-Thomas, Research Administrator
Department of Archaeology
Northgate House
West Street

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It is possible to pay by credit card. Please download the form from ‘Downloads‘ and either send by post to the address above, or fax it to: +44-114-2722563.

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 Andrew Sherratt began his inspiring tutorials as a postgraduate student at Cambridge delivering day-long tutorials over late morning coffee, lunch, drinks and supper in Cambridge pubs. 


 “From early on Sherratt understood that teaching is not a matter of self-glorification, but one of sharing information and a common inquiry into the subject, and he somehow managed to maintain this perspective throughout his career.” 

The Times (March 9th, 2006) 


Andrew Sherratt had a genuine mind and he was a passionate teacher; passionate with archaeology and passionate in showing the way to new archaeologists. The beauty of his mind and of his character left his mark in all of us. Andrew Sherratt’s candle burned out, too soon, at Witney, Oxfordshire in February 24th, 2006.   

At the beginning of the 21st century, all his projects along with his publications and ideas will put him to the pantheon of the great figures of archaeology. His work has always given raise to productive thought. Our commemoration will be if new students of archaeology that will read this tribute, will get inspired from his work and will aspire to follow Andrew Sherratt’s example; modesty, hard work, passion for archaeology.     

Having had the real pleasure and honour of having them both as tutors during my studies at Oxford I would like to take this chance and express once again my deepest condolences to Dr. Sue Sherratt and their family and thank her for the material she, once again generously, gave me for this tribute. Following, I cite some links for those who are interested in learning more about Andrew Sherratt and his lifelong achievements in our field.


Argyro Foti




Membership of Societies


            Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

            Sometime Council Member of the Prehistoric Society.

            Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Honorary Vice-President, Oxford University Archaeological Society.


Editorial, trusteeship and consultancy


Academic Journals


Joint Editor, Oxford Journal of Archaeology


Editorial Board, Past and Present


Advisory Editor, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society


Advisory Editor (and also Director), Antiquity


            Editorial Advisor, Current Anthropology


Editorial Advisor, Annual Review of Anthropology


Editorial Committee, Journal of Indo-European Studies


Editorial Boards


Editorial Board, ‘New Directions in Archaeology’,

                        Cambridge University Press

Editorial Board, ‘Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology’,

Sheffield Academic Press


UNESCO Advisory Committee on ‘Celtic Art’ Exhibition, 1990


Television and media


            Presenter, ‘Sacred Weeds’ [History of psychotropic plants] (Channel 4 series) 1998


Consultant, BBC TV Birth of Europe and subsequent Bristol-based productions,


Regular contributor, BBC Radio 4 and World Service progremmes.


Museum Exhibitions (Ashmolean), 1975-95


Animals in Early Art (Animals in Early Art Ashmolean Museum booklet);


Ships and Watercraft (‘The First European Sailing Ships’ The Ashmolean 1, 12-14).


Horses and History (‘Horses and History’ The Ashmolean 5, pp.4-7.)


Alcohol in European Culture ( ‘Cups that cheer: alcohol in European culture’ The Ashmolean No. 8, 6-9; [reprinted in Brewing Review January 1986, 11-13].


Hunting in History ( ‘The Chase; from subsistence to sport’ The Ashmolean No. 10, 4-7.)


Carnac: a Megalithic Wonderland ( ‘Of men and megaliths’ The Ashmolean No. 12, 2-5.


Containers and Ancient Trade;

The History of the Wheel;

Warriors in Bronze.



Fieldwork, Excavation and Research Travel


General experience

1991-95          Visits to former USSR, including participation in excavations at Sakarovka, Moldavia, and visit to megalithic and other sites in Caucasus, and museums and institutes in Petersburg. Sites and institutions in Poland, esp. flint-mines.

1968-73          Supervisor at Can Hasan, Turkey; at Sitagroi, Greece; at Ezero, Bulgaria. Research travel to sites, universities and museums in SE Europe and Turkey.

1965-8                        Excavation at Odoorn, Netherlands, with BAI Groningen under Prof. H.T. Waterbolk. Vacation travel and museum visits in central and eastern Europe.

                        Scholar, British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara 1968.

1965                Department of Natural Sciences, National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, studying pollen analysis and Quaternary ecology with Dr J. Troels-Smith and Prof. J. Iversen; archaeological and geological fieldwork in Åmosen, Zealand.

pre-1965         Excavation assistant and trench supervisor, Thurgarton, Notts. (Roman villa); Newstead Abbey, Notts. (Medieval abbey church); Dun Mor Vaul, Tiree (Iron Age broch); High Lodge, Mildenhall (Palaeolithic occupation surfaces).


Project direction

1985-90          Site survey in Morbihan in connection with Dryden/Lukis archive of plans of megalithic monuments; comparative study of megalithic and Iron Age sites in Portugal, Ireland and western Britain.


1973-82          Co-director (with Istvan Torma, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Archaeology) of  survey project on the development of early agricultural settlement in the Great Hungarian Plain, supported by the National Geographic Society, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy and the University of Oxford



1973-95          Index of radiocarbon dates and associated archive of chronological sequences and distribution maps for prehistoric Europe and adjacent areas; grants from the University of Oxford, the British Academy, ESRC and SRC;


1989-93          British Academy Group Research Project on Bronze Age Trade in the Aegean, together with archaeologists and archaeological scientists in Oxford, Cambridge, London and Athens (PI, Noel Gale)..


1993-5                       Radiocarbon dating of archaeological cultures of the fourth, third and second millennia in the southern part of the former USST (with R. Housley and V. Trifonov); see date-lists in Archaeometry.


1985-present   Southern Morbihan Project on nineteenth documentary material on the distribution and typology of megalithic monuments in Brittany, and its significance both for the history of archaeology and the interpretation of Neolithic monument-building. Currently  one year PDRA (2001-2) funded by British Academy and EU 2000 programme through AREA Project (Paris) for preparation of final publication.


1999-present   Archaeological Atlas of western Eurasia: a period-by period representation of the distribution of archaeological sites and cultures and their environmental  settings. Currently one part-time PDRA funded by British Academy, OU Craven Fund and OU Griffith Fund; also £5K for satellite imagery from Hulme Research Fund.


2002-5            The antiquity of dairying (with Richard Evershed and Sebastian Payne); Leverhulme-funded project to investigate the earliest occurrence of disgnostic traces of milk products in Neolithic pottery from central and eastern Europe and the Near East. One half-time dedicated archaeological PDRA for archaeological planning and co-ordination, contextual work, sample evaluation and typological study.

ArchAtlas Website






 1965                ‘Hayman Rooke FSA: an eighteenth century Nottinghamshire antiquary’ Transactions of the Thoroton Society.


1972                ‘Socio-economic and demographic models for the Neolithic and Bronze Age of Europe’, pp. 477-542 in D.L. Clarke (ed), Models in Archaeology, London: Methuen.


1973                ‘The explanation of change in European prehistory’ pp. 419-428 in Renfrew, A.C. (ed) The Explanation of Cultural Change, London: Duckworth.


1976                ‘Resources, technology and trade; an essay in early metallurgy, pp. 557-581 in Longworth, I. Sieveking, G. and Wilson, K. (eds.) Problems in Social and Economic Archaeology, London: Duckworth. 


The Beginning of the Bronze Age in South-East Europe, Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Cambridge.


1978                Prehistoric European and Near Eastern section in Times Atlas of World History, London: Times Books.


1979                ‘Problems in European Prehistory’ pp.193-206 in Clarke, D.L. Analytical Archaeologist, London: Academic Press.


1980                ‘Water, soil and seasonality in early cereal cultivation’ World Archaeology 11 (3), 313-330.


The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Archaeology (editor) Cambridge University Press

(also German, French, Italian, Dutch and Swedish editions).

(author) articles on:

‘The craft of archaeology’

                        ‘The revolution in archaeology’

‘The beginnings of agriculture in the Near East and    Europe’

‘Prehistoric Europe’

‘Synthesis and interpretation : a personal view’


1981                ‘Plough and pastoralism: aspects of the secondary products revolution’ pp. 261-305 in N. Hammond, I. Hodder and G. Isaac, (eds.) Pattern of the Past Studies in honour of David Clarke, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


1982                Mobile resources: settlement and exchange in early agricultural Europe’ pp. 13-26 in A.C. Renfrew and S.J. Shennan, (eds.) Ranking, Resource and Exchange, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


‘The prehistoric settlement-history of the Great Hungarian Plain National Geographic Research Reports (Washington).


Colloqium on Prehistoric Settlement Patterns around the southern North Sea: Concluding Remarks, Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 15, 182-3.


1983                ‘The development of Neolithic and Copper Age settlement in the Great Hungarian Plain, Part I: The regional setting’ Oxford Journal of Archaeology 1, 287-316.


1984                ‘The development of Neolithic and Copper Age settlement in the Great Hungarian Plain, Part II: Site survey and settlement dynamics’ Oxford Journal of Archaeology 2 (1), 13-41.


1983                ‘Early Agrarian settlement in the Körös region of the Great Hungarian Plain’

                         Acta Archaeologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 35, 155-169.


                        ‘A newly discovered La Tène sword and scabbard’ Oxford Journal of Archaeology 2, 115-118.


‘The Eneolithic period in Bulgaria in its European context’ pp. 188-198 in A.G. Poulter (ed.) Ancient Bulgaria (Vol 1) (Nottingham University).


‘The secondary exploitation of animals in the Old World’ World Archaeology 15 (1), 90-104.



1984                ‘The Prehistory of the Balkans to 1000 BC’ Cambridge Ancient History.


‘Social Evolution: Europe in the Later Neolithic and Copper Age’ pp. 123-134 in J. Bintliff (ed.), European Social Evolution (Bradford University).


1985                Ancient Times: an Archaeological Map and Timescale (Ashmolean Museum).


1986                ‘The Radley “ear-rings” revised’ Oxford Journal of Archaeology 5, 61-6.


‘Two new finds of wooden wheels from later Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Europe’ Oxford Journal of Archaeology 5, 243-8.


1987                ‘The Early Bronze Age Pottery’ in C. Renfrew, M. Gimbutas and E. Elster, (eds.) Excavations at Sitagroi, a prehistoric village in northeast Greece  Vol 1, pp. 429-476 (Monumenta Archaeologia 13), University of California, Los Angeles


‘Cups that cheered’ in W. Waldren and R. Kennard, (eds.) Bell Beakers of the Western Mediterranean: the Oxford International Conference 1986 pp. 81-106 (BAR).


‘”Ear-rings” again’ Oxford Journal of Archaeology 6, 119.


                        ‘Wool, wheels and ploughmarks: local developments or outside introductions in Neolithic Europe?’ Bulletin of the London University Institute of Archaeology, 23 (1986), 1-15.


                        ‘Warriors and traders: Bronze Age chiefdoms in central Europe’ in B.W. Cunliffe (ed.) Origins: the roots of European Civilisation, 54-66, (BBC Publications).


[Review article] ‘Two new books on early European  agriculture’ Scottish Archaeological Review, 4, 134-7.


‘Neolithic exchange systems in central Europe’ in G. Sieveking and M. Newcomer (eds.) The Human Uses of Flint and Chert, 193-204, C.U.P.


1988                [CA Review of] A.C. Renfrew, Archaeology and Language; Current Anthropology,  458-463.


(with E.S. Sherratt) ‘The archaeology of Indo-European: an alternative view’, Antiquity 62 (no.236), 584-95.


1989                ‘V. Gordon Childe: archaeology and intellectual history’ Past and Present  125, 151-185.


(with T. Taylor) ‘Metal vessels in Bronze Age Europe and the context of Vulchetrun’ in J. Best and N. de Vries (eds.) Thracians and Mycenaeans, Leiden: Brill, pp. 106-134.


1990                ‘The genesis of megaliths: monumentality, ethnicity and social complexity in Neolithic north-west Europe’, World Archaeology 22 (2), 147-167.


‘Gordon Childe: patterns and paradigms in prehistory’, Australian Archaeology 30, 3-13.


(with B. Raftery, P.-M. Duval, O.-H. Frey, G. Kaenel, V. Kruta, M. Ryan, and M. Szabo) (eds.) Celtic Art, Paris, Flammarion/UNESCO.


(with B. Raftery) ‘Celtic Art in Britain and Ireland’ in B. Raftery, P.-M. Duval, O.-H. Frey, G. Kaenel, V. Kruta, M. Ryan, A. Sherratt and M. Szabo (above).


1991                (with E.S. Sherratt) ‘From luxuries to commodities: the nature of Mediterranean Bronze Age trading systems’, in N. Gale (ed.) Bronze Age Trade in the Mediterranean, pp. 351-86, Jonsered: SIMA.


‘Sacred and profane substances: the ritual use of narcotics in later Neolithic Europe’, in P. Garwood, D. Jennings, R. Skeates and J. Toms (eds.) Sacred and Profane: Proceedings of a conference on archaeology, ritual and religion, Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monographs 32, 50-64.


(with E.S. Sherratt) ‘Urnfield Reflections’ [Review article on James et al. Centuries of Darkness], Cambridge Archaeological Journal 1 (2), 247-253.


‘Palaeoethnobotany: from crops to cuisine’, pp. 221-236 in F. Queiroga and A. Dinis (eds.) Paleoecologia e Arqueologia II, Vila Nova de Famalicao: Centro de Estudos Famalicenses.


(with V. Dergachev and O. Larina) ‘Recent results of Neolithic research in Moldavia (USSR)’, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 10 (1), 1-16.


1992                ‘What can archaeologists learn from Annalistes?’, pp. 135-142 in A.B. Knapp (ed.) Archaeology, Annales and Ethnohistory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


1993                (with E.S. Sherratt) ‘The growth of the Mediterranean economy in the early first millennium BC’, World Archaeology 24 (3), 361-378.


‘Ancestors for the Tombs?’, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 12 (1), 127-8.


‘Archaeology’ in W. Outhwaite and T. Bottomore (eds.) Blackwell Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Social Thought, Oxford: Blackwell.


‘Archaeology and post-textuality’, Antiquity 67, 295.


N. Yoffee and A. G. Sherratt (eds.)

Archaeological Theory – Who Sets The Agenda?, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


(with N. Yoffee) ‘Introduction: the sources of archaeological theory’, pp. 1-9 in Yoffee and Sherratt (above)


‘The relativity of theory’, pp. 119-130 in Yoffee and Sherratt (above)


‘Who are you calling peripheral? Dependence and independence in European prehistory’, pp. 245-255 in F. Healy and C. Scarre (eds.) Trade and Exchange in Prehistoric Europe, Prehistoric Society Monographs, 1993.


1994                ‘The transformation of early agrarian Europe: the later Neolithic and Copper Ages 4500-2500 BC, pp.167-201 in B. Cunliffe (ed.) The Oxford Illustrated Prehistory of Europe.


‘The emergence of elites: earlier Bronze Age Europe 2500-1300 BC’, pp. 244-276 in B. Cunliffe (ed.) The Oxford Illustrated Prehistory of Europe.


‘Core, periphery and margin: perspectives on the Bronze Age’, pp. 335-45 in C. Mathers and S. Stoddart (eds.) Development and Decline in the Mediterranean Bronze Age, Sheffield Academic.


‘Postscript’, p. 347 in C. Mathers and S. Stoddart (eds.) Development and Decline in the Mediterranean Bronze Age, Sheffield Academic.


‘What would a Bronze Age world system look like? Relations between temperate Europe and the Mediterranean in later prehistory’, Journal of European Archaeology, 1(2), 1-57.



‘Alice in Wonderland’ [A history of the hookah], Oxford Magazine 110, 8-10.


1995                ‘Fata Morgana: illusion and reality in Greek-barbarian relations’, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, March 1995.


with J. Goodman and P. Lovejoy (eds.) Consuming Habits: drugs in history and Anthropology, London: Routledge.


‘Introduction: Peculiar Substances’, pp. 1-10 in Goodman, Lovejoy and Sherratt (above)


‘Alcohol and its alternatives: symbol and substance in early Old World cultures’, pp. 11-46 in Goodman, Lovejoy and Sherratt (above)


‘Instruments of conversion: the role of megaliths in the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in north-west Europe’ [Symposium paper for Vergleichende Studien zur Megalithik: Forschungsstand und ethnoarchäologische Perspektiven, Mannheim 1992], Oxford Journal of Archaeology 14(3), 245-260.


‘Reviving the grand narrative: Archaeology and long-term change’ (David Clarke Memorial Lecture, University of Cambridge, May 1995) Journal of European Archaeology, 3(1), 1-32.


‘Reconstructing prehistoric farming’, pp. 61-76 in M. Kunst (ed.) Origens, Estruturas e Relaçoes das Culturas Calcolíticas da Península Ibérica (Trabalhos de Arqueologia 7), Torres Vedras: Instituto Português do Património.


1996                ‘Why Wessex? The Avon route in later British prehistory’ Oxford Journal of Archaeology 15(2), 211-34.


‘Flying up with the souls of the dead’, British Archaeology 15, 14.           ‘Linking Wessex with three rivers Avon’, British Archaeology 20, 6.


 ‘Plate tectonics and imaginary prehistories; structure and contingency in agricultural origins’, pp.130-40 in D. Harris (ed.), Origins and Spread of Agriculture, London: UCL Press.


                        ‘Agricultural and pastoral societies, 3000-700 BC’, pp. 37-43 in A.H. Dani and J.-P. Mohen (eds) History of Humanity: scientific and cultural development (UNESCO History of Mankind, 2nd ed.), Paris: UNESCO, and London: Routledge.


‘”Settlement patterns” or “landscape studies”: cycles of reason and romance’, Archaeological Dialogues 3(2), 140-59.


‘Childeish questions’, Antiquity 70, 18-19; ‘Editorial'[to No. 269], Antiquity 70, 491-500.


‘Das sehen wir auch den Rädern ab: some thoughts on M. Vosteen’s “Unter die Räder gekommen”‘, Archäologische Informationen 19 (1&2), 155-72.


(with S. Sherratt), ‘Indo-Europeans’, Oxford Classical Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


1997                Entries for Oxford Companion to Archaeology, B. Fagan (ed.), New York: OUP; including: ‘Prehistoric archaeology’, ‘European Copper Age’, ‘Pastoralism’, ‘Secondary Products Revolution’, Prehistoric trade’, Land transportation’, ‘wheel’, etc.


‘Climatic cycles and behavioural revolutions: the emergence of modern humans and the beginning of farming’, Antiquity 71, 271-87.


Economy and Society in Prehistoric Europe: changing perspectives, Edinburgh/Princeton University Press.


[in Russian] ‘Troy, Maikop, Altyn Depe: Early Bronze Age urbanism and its periphery’ in V. M. Masson (ed.) Majkopskaya Kultura-fenomen Drevnej Istorii Kavkaza i Vostochnoj Evropy, Petersburg.



1998                ‘The human geography of Europe: a prehistoric perspective’, pp. 1-25 in R. Dodgshon and R. Butlin, An Historical Geography of Europe, Oxford: Clarendon Press.


‘Points of exchange: late Neolithic monuments in the Morbihan’ pp. 119-138 in A. Gibson and D. Simpson (eds.) Prehistoric Ritual and Religion, Gloucester: Alan Sutton.


‘Gordon Childe: right or wrong?’, Archaeologia Polona 35/6, 363-78.


‘Hindsight and foresight: preserving the past for the future’, Antiquity 72, 699-702.


(with E.S. Sherratt) ‘Small worlds: interaction and identity in the ancient Mediterranean’, pp.329-343 in E.H. Cline and D. Harris-Cline (eds) The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millennium (Aegaeum 18), Liege.


(preprint)          Between Evolution and History: long-term change in human societies (Human Context and Society Lectures, Boston University (MA), 1998.


1999                ‘Cash-crops before cash: organic consumables and trade’, pp. 13-34 in C. Gosden and J. Hather (eds.) The Prehistory of Food: appetites for change, Routledge.


‘Creations of Mind’ (Review Article) Cambridge Archaeological Journal 9(1), 154-60.


‘The Thak hypothesis: a prestige-goods model for early hominine behaviour’, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 9(2), 277-88


‘Echoes of the Big Bang: the historical context of language dispersal’, pp. 261-82 in K. Jones-Bley et al. (eds) Proceedings of the Tenth Annual UCLAA Indo-European Conference, LA May 1998 (Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph Series No 32).


‘Czy Gordon Childe miał rację’, pp. 389-408 in J. Lech (ed.) V Gordon Childe i Archeologia w XX Wieku, Warsaw.


Instrumente des Wandels? Die Rolle der Megalithen beim Übergang vom Meso- zum Neolithikum in Nordwesteuropa’, pp. 421-32 in K.W. Beinhauer and Ch. E. Guksch (eds), Studien zur Megalithik: Forschungsstand und ethnoarchäologische Perspektiven, Mannheim.


2000                ‘The Athens of the North’, Meddelelser fra Klassisk Arkeologisk Forening Copenhagen), 47, 9-15.


 ‘Envisioning global change: a long-term perspective’, in R. Denemark, J. Friedman and B. Gills (eds.) World System History: the social science of long-term change, Routledge.

2001               ‘World History: An Archaeological Perspective’ in Sølvi Sogner (ed.), Making Sense of   Global History: The Nineteenth International Congress of the Historical Sciences Oslo 2000 Commemorative Volume. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. 2001. 

 (with E.S. Sherratt) ‘Technological change in the East Mediterranean Bronze Age: capital, resources and marketing’, pp.15-38 in A. Shortland (ed.) The Social Context of Technological Change, Oxford.

2002                ‘End of story?’, pp.68-75 in P. Slack and R. Ward (eds) The Peopling of Britain;  the shaping of a human landscape,  Oxford University Press.

 ‘Darwin anong the archaeologists: the John Evans nexus and the Borneo caves’, Antiquity 76: 151-7.

 (with Corinne Roughley and Colin Shell) ‘Past records, new views: Carnac 1830-2000’, Antiquity 76:218-23.

 (with E.S. Sherratt, J.D. Hawkins and D.F. Easton) ‘Troy in recent perspective’, Anatolian Studies 52, 75-109. 

 2003                ‘The Baden (Pécel) culture and Anatolia’ in P. Raczky and E. Jerem (eds) Morgenrot der Kulturen: Frühe Etappen der Menschheitsgeschichte in Mittel- und Südosteuropa, Budapest: Archaeolingua

 ‘The horse and the wheel: the dialectics of change in the circum-Pontic and adjacent areas, 4500-1500 BC’, 233-52 in M. Levine, C. Renfrew and K. Boyle (eds) Prehistoric Steppe Adaptation and the Horse, Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs

2004                 ‘Material Resources, Capital, and Power: The Coevolution of Society and Culture’, 79 103 in G. Feinman and L. Nicholas (eds), Archaeological perspectives on political economies, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

‘Fractal Farmers: patterns of Neolithic origins and dispersal’, 53-63 in J. Cherry, C. Scarre and S. Shennan (eds), Explaining Social Change: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew, Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

‘The importance of lake-dwellings in European prehistory’, 267-76 in F. Menotti (ed.), Living on the Lake in Prehistoric Europe. 150 Years of Lake-Dwelling Research, London: Routledge.

‘Strabo’s isthmus’, Anatolian Archaeology, 10:30-1.

‘Spotting tells from space’, Antiquity: Project Gallery, 78 No. 301, September 2004.

2005                ‘100 years ago‘, Anatolian Archaeology, 11:37.

‘TransTaurus: early connections between central and southeast Anatolia’, Anatolian Archaeology, 11:24-6.

‘Settling the Neolithic: a digestif‘, 140-6 in D. Bailey, A. Whittle and V. Cummings (eds), (Un)settling the Neolithic, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

‘Wagen, Pflug, Rind: ihre Ausbreitung und Nutzung – Probleme der Quelleninterpretation’, in S. Burmeister and M. Fansa (eds), Rad und Wagen. Der Ursprung einer Innovation. Wagen im Vorderen Orient und Europa, Mainz: von Zabern.

‘The View from Mount Nebo’, 441-4 in T. E. Levy and T. Higham (eds), The Bible and Radiocarbon Dating: Archaeology, Text and Science, London and Oakville: Equinox.

2006                 ‘The Trans-Eurasian Exchange: the prehistory of Chinese relations with the West’, 30-61 in V. Mair (ed.), Contact and exchange in the ancient world, Honolulu: Hawaii University Press.

[with B.H. Menze & J.A. Ur] ‘Detection of Ancient Settlement Mounds: Archaeological Survey Based on the SRTM Terrain Model’, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensin, 72:321-7.

‘Portages: a simple but powerful idea in understanding human history’, 1-13 in C. Westerdahl (ed.), The Significance of Portages. Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Significance of Portages, 29th Sept-2nd Oct 2004, in Lyngdal, Vest-Agder, Norway, Oxford: BAR International Series 1499.

‘La traction animale et la transformation de lEurope néolithique’, 329-60 in P. Pétrequin, R-M. Arbogast, A-M. Ptrequin, S. van Willigen and M. Bailly (eds), Premiers chariots, premiers araires. La diffusion de la traction animale en Europe pendant les IVe et IIIe millénaires avant notre ére, Paris: CNRS Editions. [PDF file of the English text: Animal traction and the transformation of Europe]

‘Crete, Greece and the Orient in the Thought of Gordon Childe (with an Appendix on Toynbee and Spengler: The Afterlife of the Minoans in European Intellectual History)’, 107-26 in Y. Hamilakis and N. Momigliano (eds), Archaeology and European Modernity: Producing and Consuming the Minoans, : Creta Antica vol. 7..

2007                 ‘Diverse origins: regional contributions to the genesis of farming’, in S. Colledge and J. Conolly (eds), The origins and spread of domestic plants in southwest Asia and Europe, Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.