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Harry K. Robson
Postdoctoral Research Associate (SEACHANGE)



2020 - present: Postdoctoral Research Associate on the ERC-funded SEACHANGE project at the University of York. The project aims to reconstruct the world’s ‘pristine’ prehistoric oceans in order to understand the full impact of human activity on the marine environment. To do so, sediment cores, shells and bone remains will be analysed using a range of cutting-edge techniques.
2017 - 2020: British Academy-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of York. The project, 'Exploring pottery use across the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Northern Europe', used a range of molecular and isotopic techniques in order to determine to what degree culinary practices changed with the introduction of domesticated plants and animals.
2016 - 2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Archaeological Chemistry on the AHRC-funded project, 'The Innovation and Development of Pottery in East Asia', at the University of York.
2016: Research Assistant on the ERC-funded POSTGLACIAL project at the University of York.
2015: Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig, Germany.
2011 - 2015: PhD research student at the University of York. My thesis, entitled 'To assess the change of consumption and culinary practices at the transition to agriculture: a multi-disciplinary approach from a Danish kitchen midden', was supervised by Professors Ol Craig and Nicky Milner.
2010 - 2011: MA in Mesolithic Studies at the University of York. My postgraduate dissertation, entitled 'Overexploitation of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) at the Mesolithic-Neolithic kitchen midden at Havnø, Denmark?', was supervised by Professor Ol Craig.
2006 - 2010: BSc in Archaeology at the University of Bradford. My undergraduate dissertation, entitled 'Eels, carbon and nitrogen isotope signals in eel bone collagen from Mesolithic and Neolithic sites in northern Europe', was supervised by Professor Carl Heron.



I am specifically interested in freshwater and marine resource exploitation during the Mesolithic and at the transition to agriculture. In particular, fishing, sealing and whaling, fowling and shellfish procurement. During my doctoral research I employed a range of different techniques in order to determine culinary practices, palaeodiet and seasonality, including, bone collagen stable isotope analyses (C, N and S), fish bone analysis, organic residue analysis and the thin section manufacture of shellfish.
My main interests revolve around the Mesolithic and the Early Neolithic. I have undertaken fieldwork on a number of Mesolithic and Neolithic sites throughout the world including; Havnø, Denmark (2009-2011), Satrup LA 2, Germany (2010-2011, 2016), Sise, Latvia (2012), The Farasan Islands, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2009), Flixton Island Site 2, UK (2012-2014), Hoppen Hall, UK (2007), Star Carr, UK (2008, 2010, 2013-2015) and Visborg, Denmark (2017 and 2018).
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2020-present: ERC Postdoctoral Research Associate

2017-2020: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (£245,208.00)

2017: National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration Grant ($21,262)


Contact details

Dr Harry K. Robson
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
University of York
BioArCh, Environment Building
Wentworth Way
YO10 5DD

Tel: (44) 1904 328282

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Mesolithic Miscellany Monthly