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Ames, Christopher Dr.

Associate Research Fellow

  • Postdoctoral Fellow - University of California, Berkeley 2013 - 2015

Overview


I am an archaeologist specializing in the application of geospatial and earth science techniques to questions about prehistoric human-environmental dynamics and human origins.

Research Overview


  • My research focuses on prehistoric hunter-gatherer adaptations to changing environments. In particular, I study the ways in which this human-environment dynamic informs our understanding of how and why our species successfully covered the globe. I approach this research from a multi-scalar landscape perspective rooted in evolutionary and ecological theory, and my technical specialties include GIS, geoarchaeology, and stone artefact analysis. My work is highly interdisciplinary and centres on three interconnected themes: 1) the impact of environmental change on hunter-gatherer ecology and mobility patterns; 2) regional and global patterns of hominin dispersal; and, 3) how past landscape change has affected the visibility and distribution of the archaeological record. I am currently pursuing these themes with projects in Jordan and South Africa.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    South African Archaeological Bulletin
    Volume
    72
    Pages
    162 - 170
    ISSN
    0038-1969
    2017

    Published In
    South African Archaeological Bulletin
    Volume
    72
    Pages
    162 - 170
    ISSN
    0038-1969

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Landscape-scale organisation of lithic technology through the late Pleistocene in the Doring River (South Africa): implications for the evolution of human behaviour Shaw, Matthew

Research Overview


  • My research focuses on prehistoric hunter-gatherer adaptations to changing environments. In particular, I study the ways in which this human-environment dynamic informs our understanding of how and why our species successfully covered the globe. I approach this research from a multi-scalar landscape perspective rooted in evolutionary and ecological theory, and my technical specialties include GIS, geoarchaeology, and stone artefact analysis. My work is highly interdisciplinary and centres on three interconnected themes: 1) the impact of environmental change on hunter-gatherer ecology and mobility patterns; 2) regional and global patterns of hominin dispersal; and, 3) how past landscape change has affected the visibility and distribution of the archaeological record. I am currently pursuing these themes with projects in Jordan and South Africa.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    South African Archaeological Bulletin
    Volume
    72
    Pages
    162 - 170
    ISSN
    0038-1969
    2017

    Published In
    South African Archaeological Bulletin
    Volume
    72
    Pages
    162 - 170
    ISSN
    0038-1969

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Landscape-scale organisation of lithic technology through the late Pleistocene in the Doring River (South Africa): implications for the evolution of human behaviour Shaw, Matthew
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