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Dr Michael Petraglia (Principal Investigator)

Dr Petraglia is Co-Director of the Centre for Asian Art, Archaeology and Culture and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He has research interests in Palaeolithic archaeology, evolution of behaviour and cognition, hunter-gatherer adaptations and lithic technology. Dr Petraglia’s role is oversight and coordination of the project’s diverse research goals. email

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Prof. Ravi Korisettar (Principal Investigator)

Prof. Korisettar is based in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Karnatak University. His research interests include Palaeolithic archaeology and the Quaternary geoarchaeology of India. Prof. Korisettar’s role is coordination of the Kurnool District Archaeological Project, Andhra Pradesh, India. email

 

 

 

 

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Prof. J.N. Pal (Principal Investigator)

Prof. Pal is based in the Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology at the University of Allahabad. His research interests include Mesolithic and Palaeolithic archaeology and lithic microwear analysis. Prof. Pal’s role is coordination of the project’s research in the Middle Son Valley (Sidhi District), Madhya Pradesh, India. email

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Dr Nicole Boivin (Co-Director)

Dr Boivin is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Her research interests are in prehistoric archaeology, sedentism and domestication, the origins of social complexity, and material culture. Dr Boivin assists in overall coordination of the project and co-directs the project’s rock art research program. email

 

 

 

 

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Dr Michael Haslam

Dr Haslam is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. His research interests include stone tool residue and use-wear analysis, and the place of tool-use in human evolution. Dr Haslam’s roles are director of the project’s archaeological fieldwork in India, and lithic functional analysis. email

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Dr A.K. Dubey

Dr Dubey is a member of the Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Commission and is based at Benares Hindu University. Dr Dubey’s role is coordination of logistics for the project’s research in Madhya Pradesh. email

 

 

 

 

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Prof. Hema Achyuthan

Prof. Achyuthan is based at Anna University, Chennai. Her research interests include palaeoclimate reconstruction. Prof. Achyuthan’s role is coordination of the project’s sediment micromorphology program. EMAIL

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Janardhana B.

Janardhana recently completed a PhD in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Karnatak University. His roles are as site supervisor and logistics coordinator for the project’s research in Andhra Pradesh. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

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Dr M. Katsuri Bai

Dr Katsuri Bai is affiliated with the Archaeological Survey of India. Her roles are as village liaison and site supervisor for the project’s work in Andhra Pradesh. EMAIL

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James Blinkhorn

James is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford. His roles are as a member of the project’s rock art research team, and a field supervisor for the project’s research in India. email

 

 

 

 

Prof. Allan Chivas

Prof. Chivas is based at the University of Wollongong. His research interests include Quaternary dating, geochemistry and environmental change. His role is as a member of the project’s sediment and isotope analysis program. email

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Dr Chris Clarkson

Dr Clarkson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland. His interests include lithic technological change and assemblage variability. Dr Clarkson’s role is to coordinate the technological analysis of archaeological stone tools recovered by the project. email

 

 

 

 

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Kate Connell

Kate is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. Her roles in the project are as a lithic technology analyst and member of the public outreach team. email

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Dr Alison Crowther

Dr Crowther recently completed a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Sheffield and is a Visiting Academic at the University of Oxford. Her research interests are in the analysis of ancient plant microfossils, particularly starch, and her role is as a site supervisor and manager of the project field laboratory. email

 

 

 

 

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Kevin Cunningham

Kevin is an archaeologist with the Delaware Department of Transport. His interests include public and reflexive archaeology, and his role is coordination of the project’s public outreach programs in India. email

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Dr Peter Ditchfield

Dr Ditchfield is based at the University of Oxford. His interests include isotopic environmental and radiocarbon analysis and geomorphology. Dr Ditchfield’s roles are to coordinate the radiocarbon dating and isotope programs of the project, as well as stratigraphy and geomorphology. email

 

 

 

 

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Dr Sanjay Eksambekar

Dr Eksambekar is Founder of the Phytolith Research Institute in Pune, India. His role is the reconstruction of vegetation changes through time using plant microfossil analysis. email

Metin Eren

Metin recently completed an MA at the University of Exeter. His role is as a site supervisor and experimental archaeologist for the project’s southern Indian fieldwork. email

 

 

 

 

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Dr Dorian Fuller

Dr Fuller is at University College London. His research interests include human plant use in prehistory, as well as the later prehistory/protohistory of South Asia. Dr Fuller’s role is coordination of the project archaeobotanical program, and archaeological ceramic analysis. email

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Emma Gatti

Emma is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. She is conducting volcanological research and analysing site sediments for palaeoenvironmental data (including pollen and phytoliths). email

 

 

 

 

Prof. Hans Graf

Prof. Graf is based in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. His research interests include modeling physico-chemical aspects of climate change. Prof. Graf’s role is coordination of modeling the climatic impact of the Toba super-eruption. email

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Dr M.C. Gupta

Dr Gupta is based in the Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology at the University of Allahabad. His role is coordinator of logistics for the project’s fieldwork in Madhya Pradesh. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

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Jamie Hampson

Jamie is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. His role is as a member of the project’s rock-art research team. EMAIL

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Clair Harris

Clair is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. Her research interests include stone tool technological analysis and hunter-gatherer adaptation. Clair’s role is as lithic analyst and field laboratory manager. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

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Dr Ann-Maria Hart

Dr Hart is based at the University of Queensland. Her role includes (with Dr Achyuthan) coordination of the project’s sediment micromorphology program. EMAIL

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Hannah James

Hannah is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include the evolution of modern human behaviour within South Asia. Her role is as a site supervisor for the project fieldwork in India. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

Dr Sacha Jones

Dr Jones is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her interests include lithic technology and geochemical analyses. Dr Jones’ roles are stone tool technological studies and building theoretical models of Toba’s impact on hominins. EMAIL

Dr Toomas Kivisild

Dr Kivisild is based at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include human evolution and evolutionary population genetics. Dr Kivisild’s role is coordinator of the project’s genetic analyses. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

Jinu Koshy

Jinu recently completed a PhD in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Karnatak University. His roles are as a field supervisor for the project’s fieldwork in India, and lithic technological analysis. EMAIL

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Dr K. Krishnan

Dr. Krishnan is with the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Baroda. Dr. Krishnan has sampled Toba ash sediments in order to help us reconstruct past environments. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

Dr Preston Miracle

Dr Miracle is based in the Department of Archaeology, University  of Cambridge. His research interests include Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Europe, zooarchaeology, and ethnoarchaeology. Dr Miracle’s role is coordination of the project’s faunal studies. EMAIL

D.K. (Manas) Misra

Manas is based at the University of Allahabad. His role is providing logistical assistance for fieldwork at the project’s sites in the Middle Son Valley, Madhya Pradesh. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

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Christina Neudorf

Christina is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong. Her roles are the collection and analysis of samples for OSL dating and isotopic analysis, and as a member of the project’s geomorphology team. EMAIL

Dr Clive Oppenheimer

Dr Oppenheimer is based in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. His research interests include volcanology, environmental remote sensing, and atmospheric chemistry. Dr Oppenheimer’s role is coordination of data collection and analysis for Toba-related deposits. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

Harindra Prasad

Harindra is based at the University of Allahabad. His roles are to provide logistical assistance and site supervision for the project’s fieldwork in the Middle Son Valley, Madhya Pradesh. EMAIL

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Kathryn Price

Kathryn’s research interests are in the Palaeolithic of the Arabian Peninsula and lithic technology. Her role is as a site supervisor for the project’s fieldwork in India. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

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Prof. David Pyle

Prof. Pyle is based in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford. His research interests include the rates and impacts of volcanism. Prof. Pyle’s role is as a member of the project’s volcanological team. EMAIL

Prof. Richard Roberts

Prof. Roberts is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong. His research interests include human evolution and dispersals and Quaternary environmental change. His role is coordination of the project’s optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating program. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

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Dr D.A. Sant

Dr Sant is with the Department of Geology, University of Baroda. Together with Dr. Krishnan, he has worked on the sedimentary history of Indian river systems. EMAIL

Dr Jean-Luc Schwenninger

Dr Schwenninger is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His role is as a member of the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating team. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

Dr Ceri Shipton

Dr Shipton recently completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. His interests include investigation of social interactions and cognition of Acheulean hominins through stone tools. His roles are as a field supervisor for the project’s fieldwork in India, and lithic analysis. EMAIL

Tam Smith

Tam is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Science, University of Queensland. Her role is as a field supervisor for the project’s fieldwork in India. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

Prof. Paul Tacon

Prof. Tacon is based in the School of Humanities, Griffith  University. His research interests include anthropology of art and religion, archaeology of hunter-gatherers, and landscape archaeology. His role is as a member of the project’s rock art research team. EMAIL

Dr Kevin White

Dr White is based in the Department of Geography, University of Reading. His research interests include the use of optical and radar remote sensing for dryland geomorphology and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. His role involves using GIS to assist interpretation of landscapes affected by Toba. EMAIL

Ms Naomi Matthews

Naomi is currently analyzing material from New Zealand (Whakamaru caldera, Taupo Volcanic Zone) and the Toba supervolcano. The principle aim of her research is to investigate super-eruption dynamics and underlying magma chamber processes. EMAIL


Dr Christine Lane

Dr Lane is currently helping to characterize the Younger Toba Tuff in India. Her research interests include improving stratigraphic integrity of micro-tephra deposits and examining geological controls on the variability of tephra chemistry. EMAIL

Dr Victoria Smith

Dr Smith is characterizing the Younger Toba Tuff in India. Her research interests include fingerprinting volcanic eruptions using glass geochemistry and examination of magma evolution. EMAIL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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