Dr Huw Barton

Dr Huw Barton

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Reader in Bioarchaeology

BA, PhD (Sydney), SFHEA

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2793

Email: hjb15@le.ac.uk

Personal details

BA, PhD, SFHEA

I grew up in Canberra, Australia, where I developed an interest in natural history, particularly geology, palaeontology and later prehistoric archaeology. I took both my degrees at the University of Sydney. My PhD was an application of evolutionary ecology to model long-term trends in hunter-gatherer behaviour using surface scatters of stone artefacts in the Simpson Desert, western Queensland. In 2002 I joined the University of Leicester as AHRB postdoc with the Niah Caves Project, then held an AHRB Innovation Award, and I currently holds a Wellcome Trust Award in Bioarchaeology. I worked in contract archaeology (CRM) in Australia for several years and held positions with New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Australian Museum before returning to university for a higher degree.

Teaching

I teach all three levels of undergraduate studies.

Publications

Barton H, Piper P and Rabett R. 2009. Composite hunting technologies from the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene, Niah Cave, Borneo. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 1708-1714.

Higham TFG, Barton H, Turney CSM, Barker G, Bronk Ramsey C, Brock F. 2009. Radiocarbon dating of charcoal from tropical sequences: results from the Niah Great Cave, Sarawak, and their broader implications. Journal of Quaternary Science 24: 189-197.

Barton H. 2007. Starch residues on museum artefacts: implications for determining tool use. Journal of Archaeological Science 34: 1752-1762.

Barton H and Paz V. 2007. Subterranean diets in the tropical rainforest of Sarawak, Malaysia.  In Denham TP, Iriarte J and Vrydaghs L. (eds) Rethinking Agriculture: Archaeological and ethnoarchaeological perspectives. One World Archaeology. California: Left Coast Press Inc.

Mercader J, Barton H, Gillespie J, Harris J, Kuhn S, Tyler R and Boesch C. 2007. 4300-year-old Chimpanzee Sites and the Origins of Percussive Stone Technology. Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences, February 27, Vol. 104, No. 9: 3043-3048.

Torrence R and Barton H. (eds). 2006. Ancient Starch Research. California: Left Coast Press Inc.

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Research

I specialise in Southeast Asian prehistory, the archaeology and anthropology of hunters & gatherers, prehistoric diet, hunter-gatherer management of wild plants, vegecultures, and the origins of tropical agriculture. My doctoral work was an investigation of surface lithic scatters in the Simpson Desert of western Queensland. In that work I approached the analysis of lithic scatters through the theoretical frameworks of Human Behavioural Ecology and Technological Organisation. I also specialise in the analysis of organic residues on artefacts and am an expert in the analysis of ancient starch granules as an indicator of prehistoric plant use that is opening windows not just into human diet, but also that of primates, past and present.

The New Archaeology of Primates

Chimpanzee Archaeology

National Geographic: 'Ancient Oat Discovery May Poke More Holes in Paleo Diet'

Previous projects include the AHRC funded Niah Caves Project (2000-2003)  that delved into the Pleistocene occupation of Borneo in one of the world's most remarkable open cave systems. I recorded a first-hand blog of my experiences in 2001.

Cultured rainforests

Current research is focused on the histories of hunter-gatherers and farmers in tropical rainforests and an investigation or perhaps reappraisal might be a better term, of the extent to which rainforests are 'artefacts' of human interaction over long periods of time. This work was primarily funded by an AHRC grant titled, The Cultured Rainforest (2007-2010) of which I was a Co-Investigator, though work in the region and on the results continues to shape my research into this fascinating topic. Outputs have included several journal articles and two museum exhibitions as well as a photographic exhibition in Leicester and has captured the imagination of a wider audience.

Cultured Rainforest Exhibition MAA

Photographs marking the opening The Cultured Rainforest at MAAli (Flickr)

SAPIENS: 'The Myth of the Virgin Rainforest'

This research also inspired a truly interactive rainforest walkthrough of the study area by photographer and artist, Douglas Cape.

Film

During one of my research trips to Borneo in 2012, we recorded a short film about the process of making sago in the traditional way with our Penan collaborators. This film also shows rare footage of green bark containers in use as cooking equipment on an open fire.

Making Sago at Long Beruang

Current Projects

1) The role of wild sago palms in early agricultural systems in south subtropical China (BA IPMS).

  • Early Neolithic diets of southern China (ancient starch analysis)
  • Ethnobotany of sub-tropical plant foods in Yunnan

2) Tana' Pengruip and the Worlds' of the Penan (BA).

  • Cosmological understandings of forest and of people-plant relationships
  • Histories of sago palm use

3) Investigation of Late Pleistocene and early Holocene plant use in North Africa

  • Ancient starch analysis of grinding stones

4) 'Vegecultures' and agriculture in Island Southeast Asia

  • Archaeological and anthropological approaches to the histories and emergence and practices termed 'vegeculture' that involve the management and manipulation of long-lived plants, especially those species that can be reproduced asexually. This research also encompasses anthropological research into hunter-gatherer plant use and of considerations of plant materiality in shaping the nature of people-plant engagements.

Supervision

Topics available for PhD supervision:

  • Ancient starch analysis
  • organic residue analysis
  • microwear
  • Technological analysis of stone and organic tools
  • Southeast Asian archaeology
  • Australian archaeology
  • Hunter-gatherer archaeology and ethnography

Learn more about studying for a PhD with us.

Current students

Korakot Boonlop, thesis topic: The association between dental caries prevalence and the emergence of agriculture in the ancient population during pre and post agricultural period in Thailand. (First supervisor).

Paul Dickinson, thesis topic: Obsidian Tools as evidence for Value, trade and exchange: The microscopic analysis of use wear and residue on Araho’s type 1 obsidian tools from Willaumez, Papua New Guinea (5900 – 3600 BP). (First supervisor).

Belinda Mollard, thesis topic: Understanding a Ritual Landscape: An Investigation into the Rock Art of the Jornada Mogollon Region of the American Southwest. (Second supervisor).

Bori Nyiri, thesis topic: Chasing Dragons through Time and Space: Changing representations of Martabani storage jars. (First supervisor).

Past students

Dr Kelly Reed, thesis topic: The changing face of farming: archaeobotanical analysis of Neolithic to Bronze Age Agriculture in southeast Europe (5500 BC – 3000 BC).  (Second supervisor).

Dr Alan Spencer, thesis topic: The effects of rejuvenation on Great Basin Archaic Dart Points: Reconsidering morphologically derived typological schema in lithic analyses.  (Second supervisor).

Research interests

I specialise in Southeast Asian prehistory, the archaeology and anthropology of hunters & gatherers, prehistoric diet, hunter-gatherer management of wild plants, vegecultures, and the origins of tropical agriculture. My doctoral work was an investigation of surface lithic scatters in the Simpson Desert of western Queensland. In that work I approached the analysis of lithic scatters through the theoretical frameworks of Human Behavioural Ecology and Technological Organisation. I also specialise in the analysis of organic residues on artefacts and am an expert in the analysis of ancient starch granules as an indicator of prehistoric plant use that is opening windows not just into human diet, but also that of primates, past and present.

The New Archaeology of Primates

Chimpanzee Archaeology

http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/11/ancient-oat-discovery-may-poke-more-holes-in-paleo-diet/

Previous projects include the AHRC funded Niah Caves Project (2000-2003)  that delved into the Pleistocene occupation of Borneo in one of the world's most remarkable open cave systems. I recorded a first-hand blog of my experiences in 2001 http://www.abc.net.au/science/slab/niahcave/

Cultured Rainforests

Current research is focused on the histories of hunter-gatherers and farmers in tropical rainforests and an investigation or perhaps reappraisal might be a better term, of the extent to which rainforests are 'artefacts' of human interaction over long periods of time. This work was primarily funded by an AHRC grant titled, The Cultured Rainforest (2007-2010) of which I was a Co-Investigator, though work in the region and on the results continues to shape my research into this fascinating topic. Outputs have included several journal articles and two museum exhibitions as well as a photographic exhibition in Leicester and has captured the imagination of a wider audience.

Cultured Rainforest Exhibition MAA

https://flic.kr/s/aHsjECJHj9

http://www.sapiens.org/culture/the-myth-of-the-virgin-rainforest/

This research also inspired a truly interactive rainforest walkthrough of the study area by photographer and artist, Douglas Cape.

The Cultured Rainforest Panoramic Tour

http://www.z360.com/ifull/crf/index.htm

Film

During one of my research trips to Borneo in 2012, we recorded a short film about the process of making sago in the traditional way with our Penan collaborators. This film also shows rare footage of green bark containers in use as cooking equipment on an open fire.

Making Sago at Long Beruang

Current Projects

1) The role of wild sago palms in early agricultural systems in south subtropical China (BA IPMS).

  • Early Neolithic diets of southern China (ancient starch analysis)
  • Ethnobotany of sub-tropical plant foods in Yunnan

2) Tana' Pengruip and the Worlds' of the Penan (BA).

  • Cosmological understandings of forest and of people-plant relationships
  • Histories of sago palm use

3) Investigation of Late Pleistocene and early Holocene plant use in North Africa

  • Ancient starch analysis of grinding stones

4) 'Vegecultures' and agriculture in Island Southeast Asia

  • Archaeological and anthropological approaches to the histories and emergence and practices termed 'vegeculture' that involve the management and manipulation of long-lived plants, especially those species that can be reproduced asexually. This research also encompasses anthropological research into hunter-gatherer plant use and of considerations of plant materiality in shaping the nature of people-plant engagements.

Publications

Publication Record

Books

Barton, H., Denham, T., Neumann, K., Arroyo-Kalin, M (eds). 2012. Long-term perspectives on human occupation of tropical rainforests. Quaternary International 249.

Torrence R and Barton H. (eds) 2006. Ancient Starch Research. California: Left Coast Press Inc.

Barton, H. (in preparation) The Social Lives of People and Plants.

Journal articles and book chapters

2016

Jones, S., Antoniadou, A., Barton, H., Drake, N., Farr, L., Hunt, C., Inglis, R., Reynolds, T., White, K., Barker, G. 2016. Patterns of Hominin Occupation and Cultural Diversity across the Gebel Akhdar of Northern Libya over the last ~200 kyr. In Jones, S.C., Stewart, B.A. (eds) Africa From MIS 6-2: Population  Dynamics and Palaeoenvironments, pp. 77-99.

2015

Barton, H., Torrence. R. Cooking up recipes for ancient starch: assessing current methodologies and looking to the future. Journal of Archaeological Science 56: 194-201.

Barton, H. 2015. The Emergence of Early Agriculture in Southeast Asia. In Barker, G. and Goucher, C. (eds) The Cambridge World History, Volume II. A World with Agriculture. Cambridge History of the World, pp. 411-444. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lucarini, G., Radini, A., Barton, H., Barker, G. 2015. The exploitation of wild plants in Neolithic North Africa. Use-wear and residue analysis on non-knapped stone tools from the Haua Fteah cave, Cyrenaica, Libya. Quaternary International.

Jones, S.E., Barton, H., Hunt, C.O., Janowski, M., Lloyd-Smith, L., Barker, G. 2015. The cultural antiquity of rainforests: Human-plant associations during the mid-late Holocene in the interior highlands of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Quaternary International.

2014

Barton, H. 2014. The Persistence of hunting and gathering amongst farmers in South-east Asia in prehistory and beyond. In Cummings, V., Jordan, P., Zvelebil, M. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers, pp. 857-880. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Janowski, M., Barton, H., Jones, S. 2014. Culturing the rainforest: the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak. In Hecht, S. Morrison, K., and Padoch, C. (eds) The Social Life of Forests, pp. 161-172. Chicago: University of Chicago

Barton, H., 2014. Niah Cave (The West Mouth). In Smith, C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, pp. 5279-5282. Springer Reference.

Barton, H., 2014. Yams: Origin and Development. In Smith, C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, pp. 7943-7947. Springer Reference.

Denham, T., Barton, H. 2014. Vegeculture: General Principles. In Smith, C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, pp. 7608-7611. Springer Reference.

2013

Xiaoyan Yang, Huw Barton, Zhiwei Wan, Quan Li, Zhikun Ma Mingqi Li, Dan Zhang, Jun Wei. 2013. Sago-Type Palms Were an Important Plant Food Prior to Rice in Southern Subtropical China. PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0063148.

Jones, S.E., Hunt, C.O., Barton, H., Lentfer, C.J., Reimer, P.J. 2013. Forest disturbance, aboriculture and the adoption of rice in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. The Holocene 23: 1528-1546.

Barton, H. 2013. Myanmar and Malaysia. In Hicks, D., Stevens, A. (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization, pp. 517-524. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Lloyd-Smith L., Barker G., Barton H., Boutsikas E., Britton D., Datan I., Davenport B., Farr L., Ferraby R., Nyíri B., and Upex B. 2013. The Cultured Rainforest Project: Preliminary archaeological results from the first two field-seasons (2007, 2008), pp. 34-51. In Klokke, M.J. and Degroot, V. (eds) Proceedings of the 12th Conference of European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists: Leiden September 1st - 5th 2008. Leiden: IIAS Publication Series.

Barton, H., Barker, G., Gilbertson, D., Hunt, C., Kealhofer, L., Lewis, H.,Paz, V., Philip J. Piper, P.J., Rabett, R.J., Reynolds, T., Szabó, K. 2013. Late Pleistocene Foragers, c. 35,000–11,500 Years Ago. In Barker G. (ed.) Rainforest Foraging and Farming in Island Southeast Asia: The Archaeology and Environmental History of the Niah Caves, Sarawak, pp. 173-216. Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.

Reynolds, T., Barker, G., Barton, H., Cranbrook, G., Farr, L., Hunt, C., Kealhofer, L., Paz, V., Pike, A., Piper, P.J., Rabett, R.J., Rushworth, G., Stimpson, C., Szabó, K. 2013. The First Modern Humans at Niah, c. 50,000–35,000 Years Ago. In Barker G. (ed.) Rainforest Foraging and Farming in Island Southeast Asia: The Archaeology and Environmental History of the Niah Caves, Sarawak, pp. 135-172. Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.

Ryan J. Rabett, Graeme Barker, Huw Barton, Chris Hunt, Lloyd-Smith, L., Victor Paz, Piper, P.J., Premathilake, R., Rushworth, G., Stephens, M., Szabó, K., 2013. Landscape Transformations and Human Responses, c. 11,500–c. 4500 Years Ago. In Barker G. (ed.) Rainforest Foraging and Farming in Island Southeast Asia: The Archaeology and Environmental History of the Niah Caves, Sarawak, pp. 217-254. Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.

Lloyd-Smith, L., Graeme Barker, Huw Barton, Cameron, J., Cole, F., Doherty, C., Hunt, C., Krigbaum, J., Lewis, H., Manser, J., Paz, V., Piper, P.J., Rabett, R.J., Rushworth, G., Szabó, K. 2013. ‘Neolithic’ Societies c. 4000–2000 Years Ago: Austronesian Farmers? In Barker G. (ed.) Rainforest Foraging and Farming in Island Southeast Asia: The Archaeology and Environmental History of the Niah Caves, Sarawak, pp. 255-298. Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.

Barker, G., with Barton, H., Cole, F., Doherty, C., Gilbertson, D., Hunt, C., Lloyd-Smith, L., Piper, P.J., Ryan, R.J., Reynolds, T., Szabó, K. 2013. The Niah Caves, the ‘Human Revolution’, and Foraging/Farming Transitions in Island Southeast Asia. In Barker G. (ed.) Rainforest Foraging and Farming in Island Southeast Asia: The Archaeology and Environmental History of the Niah Caves, Sarawak, pp. 341-366. Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.

2012

Janowski, M., Barton, H. 2012. Reading human activity in the landscape: Stone and thunderstones in the Kelabit Highlands. Indonesia and the Malay World, iFirst article, pp. 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639811.2012.709005].

Barton, H., Denham, T., Neumann, K., Arroyo-Kalin, M. 2012. Long-term perspectives on human occupation of tropical rainforests: An introductory overview. Quaternary International 249: 1-3.

Barton, H., The reversed fortunes of sago and rice, Oryza sativa, in the rainforests of Sarawak, Borneo. Quaternary International 249: 96-104.

2011

Dixon, B., Barton, H. J., Coil, J., Dickinson, W., Murakami, G., & Ward, J. 2011. Recognising Inland Expansion of Latte Period Agriculture From Multi-Disciplinary Data on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 6(3): 375-397.

Sacha Jones, Lucy Farr, Huw Barton, Nick Drake, Kevin White, and Graeme Barker. 2011. Geoarchaeological patterns in the pre-desert and desert ecozones of northern Cyrenaica. Libyan Studies 42: 11-19.

Barker, G., Lloyd-Smith, L., Barton, H., et al. 2011. Foraging-farming transitions at the Niah Caves, Sarawak, Borneo. Antiquity 85(328), 492-509.

Barton, H. and Denham, T. 2011. Vegeculture and Social Life in Island Southeast Asia, in Barker, G. and Janowski, M. (eds) Why Cultivate? Anthropological and Archaeological Approaches to Foraging-Farming Transitions in Southeast Asia, pp. 17-25. Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.

2010

Kononenko, N., Torrence, R., Barton, H., & Hennell, A. 2010. Cross-cultural interaction on Wuvulu Island, Papua New Guinea: the perspective from use-wear and residue analyses of turtle bone artifacts. Journal of Archaeological Science 37(11), 2911-2919.

Barton, H. 2010. The Iban Diaries of Monica Freeman 1949-1951: Including Ethnographic Drawings and Sketches, Paintings, Photographs and Letters. Oceania 80(3): 331-332.

Lloyd-Smith, L. Barker, G., Barton, H., Gosden, C., Nyiri, B., Preston, E. 2010. Cultured Rainforest Project: Archaeological investigations in the third season (2009) of fieldwork in Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak. Sarawak Museum Journal 67 (New Series 88): 57-104.

2009

Barton, H. 2009. Starch granule taphonomy: the results of a two year field experiment.. In M. Haslam, G. Robertson, A. Crowther, L. Kirkwood, & S. Nugent (Eds) Archaeological Science Under a Microscope: Studies in Residue and Ancient DNA Analysis in Honour of Tom Loy, pp. 129-140. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.

Graeme Barker, Huw Barton, Efrosyni Boutsikas, Daniel Britton, Ben Davenport, Ian Ewart, Lucy Farr, Rose Ferraby, Chris Gosden, Chris Hunt, Monica Janowski, Samantha Jones, Jayl Langub, Lindsay Lloyd-Smith, Borbála Nyíri,  Kit Pearce, and Beth Upex. 2009. The Cultured Rainforest Project: the second (2008) field season. Sarawak Musuem Journal 66 (New Series 87): 119-184.

Barton, H. 2009. The social landscape of rice within vegecultural systems in Borneo. Current Anthropology 50(5): 673-676.

Denham et al. inc. H. Barton. 2009. Archaeobotany in Australia and New Guinea: Practice, Potential and Prospects. Australian Archaeology 68: 1-10.

Higham, T.F.G., Barton, H., Turney, C.S.M., Barker, G., Bronk Ramsey, C., Brock, F. 2009. Radiocarbon dating of charcoal from tropical sequences: results from the Niah Great Cave, Sarawak, and their broader implications. Journal of Quaternary Science 24(2): 189-197.

Barton, H., Piper, PJ, Rabett, R, and Reeds, I. 2009. Composite hunting technologies from the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene, Niah Cave, Borneo. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 1708-1714.

Barker, G., Antoniadou, A., Barton, H., Brooks, I., Candy, I., Drake, N., Farr, L., Hunt, C., Ibrahim, A.A., Inglis, R., Jones, S., Morales, J., Morley, I., Mutri, G., Rabett, R., Reynolds, T., Simpson, D., Twati, M. & White, K. 2009. The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2009: the third season of investigations of the Haua Fteah cave and its landscape, and further results from the 2007-2008 fieldwork. Libyan Studies 40: 55-94.

2008

Barton, H. 2008. Expedient technologies and curated tools within a system of high residential mobility: An example using mass analysis of flakes from the Simpson desert, central Australia. Lithic Technology 33(1): 51-71.

Lewis H, Paz V, Lara M, Barton H, Piper P, Ochoa J, Vitales T, Jane Carlos A, Neri L, Hernandez V, Stevenson J, Emil Charles Robles, Ragragio A, Padilla R, Wilhelm Solheim II, Ronquillo W. 2008. Terminal Pleistocene to mid Holocene occupation and an early cremation burial at Ille Cave, Palawan, Philippines. Antiquity 82: 318-335.

Graeme Barker, Huw Barton, Daniel Britton, Ipoi Datan,Ben Davenport, Monica Janowski, Samantha Jones, Jayl Langub, Lindsay Lloyd-Smith, Borbála Nyíri, and Beth Upex. 2008. The Cultured Rainforest Project: the first (2007) field season. Sarawak Museum Journal (New Series) 65(86): 121-190.

Lahr, M, Foley, R, Armitage, S, Barton, H, Crivellaro, F, Drake, N, Hounslow, M, Maher, L, Mattingly, D, Salem, M, Stock, J, White, K. 2008. DMPIII: Pleistocene and Holocene palaeoenvironments and prehistoric occupation of Fazzan, Libyan Sahara. Libyan Studies 39: 1-32.

Denham, T., Barton, H., et al. 2009. Archaeobotany in Australia and New Guinea: Practice, Potential and Prospects. Australian Archaeology 68, 1-10.

Barton H. 2008. The Great Cave of Niah - a Brief History. In T Theissen (Ed.) Borneo, pp. 274. Bradt Travel Guides Ltd, UK. The Globe Pequot Press Inc, USA.

2007

Mattingly D, Lahr M, Armitage S, Barton H, Dore J, Drake N, Foley R, Merlo S, Salem M, Stock J, White K. 2007. Desert Migrations: people, environment and culture in the Libyan Sahara. Libyan Studies 38: 1-42.

Barton H and Paz V. 2007. Subterranean diets in the tropical rainforest of Sarawak, Malaysia. In Denham TP, Iriarte J and Vrydaghs L. (eds) Rethinking Agriculture: Archaeological and ethnoarchaeological perspectives. One World Archaeology. California: Left Coast Press Inc.

Mercader J, Barton H, Gillespie J, Harris J, Kuhn S, Tyler R and Boesch C. 2007. 4300-year-old Chimpanzee Sites and the Origins of Percussive Stone Technology. Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences February 27, Vol. 104, No. 9: 3043-3048.

Barton H. 2007. Starch residues on museum artefacts: implications for determining tool use. Journal of Archaeological Science 34: 1752-1762.

Barker G, Barton H, Bird M, Daly P, Datan I, Dykes A, Farr L, Gilbertson D, Harrisson B, Hunt C, Higham T, Kealhofer L, Krigbaum J, Lewis H, McLaren S, Paz V, Pike A, Piper P, Pyatt B, Rabett R, Reynolds R, Rose J, Rushworth G, Stephens M, Stringer C, Thompson G and Turney C. 2007. The 'human revolution' in lowland tropical Southeast Asia: the antiquity and behaviour of anatomically modern humans at Niah Cave (Sarawak, Borneo). Journal of Human Evolution 52: 243-261.

2006

Denham T and Barton H. 2006. The emergence of agriculture in New Guinea: A model of continuity from pre-existing foraging practices. In Kennett DJ and Winterhalder B. (eds) Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture, pp. 237-264. California: University of California Press.

Barton H and Matthews PJ. 2006. Taphonomy. In Torrence R and Barton H. (eds) Ancient Starch Research, pp. 75-94. California: Left Coast Press Inc.

Barton H and Fullagar R. 2006. Microscopy. In Torrence R and Barton H. (eds) Ancient Starch Research, pp. 47-52. California: Left Coast Press Inc.

Gott B, Barton H, Samuel D and Torrence R. 2006. Biology of Starch. In Torrence R and Barton H. (eds) Ancient Starch Research, pp. 35-46. California: Left Coast Press Inc.

Barton, H., Torrence, R. 2006. Looking Ahead. In Torrence R and Barton H. (eds) Ancient Starch Research, pp. 217-224 . California: Left Coast Press Inc.

2005 and earlier

Barton, H. 2005. The Case for Rainforest Foragers: The Starch Record at Niah Cave Sarawak. Asian Perspectives 44: 56-72.

Barton H and Rabbett R. 2005. Niah Cave and the People of Sundaland. PAST 50: 15-16.

Barker G, Barton H, Bird M, Cole F, Daly P, Dykes A, Farr L, Gilbertson D, Higham T, Hunt C, Knight S, Kurui E, Lewis H, Lloyd-Smith L, Manser J, McLaren S, Menotti F, Piper P, Pyatt B, Rabett R, Reynolds T, Shimmin J, Thompson J and Trickett M. 2003. The Niah Cave Project: the fourth (2003) season of fieldwork. Sarawak Museum Journal (New Series) 58: 45-120.

Barker G, Barton H, Bird M, Cole F, Daly P, Gilbertson D, Hunt C, Krigbaum J, Lampert C, Lewis H, Lloyd-Smith L, Manser J, McLaren S, Menotti F, Paz V, Piper P, Pyatt B, Rabett R, Reynolds T, Stephens M, Thompson J, Trickett M and Whittaker P. 2002. The Niah Cave Project: The third (2002) season of fieldwork. Sarawak Museum Journal (New Series) 57: 87-177.

Barker G, Barton H, Beavitt P, Bird M, Daly P, Doherty C, Gilbertson D, Hunt C, Krigbaum J, Lewis H, Manser J, McClaren S, Paz V, Piper P, Pyatt B, Rabett R, Reynolds T, Rose J, Rushworth G, Stephens M. 2002. Prehistoric Foragers and Farmers in South-east Asia: Renewed Investigations at Niah Cave, Sarawak. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 68: 147-164.

Barton H. 2001. The Great Cave of Niah. The Lab, Science Online. Australian Broadcasting Commission. Website: The Great Cave of Niah

Barker G, Barton H, Badang D, Beavitt P, Bird M, Daly P, Doherty P, Gilbertson D, Glover I, Hunt C, Manser J, McLaren S, Paz V, Pyatt B, Reynolds T, Rose J, Rushworth G and Stephens M. 2001. The Niah Caves Project: The Second (2001) Season of Fieldwork. Sarawak Museum Journal (New Series) 56: 37-119.

Barker G, Barton H, Beavitt P, Chapman S, Derrick M, Doherty C, Farr L, Gilbertson D, Hunt C, Jarvis W, Krigbaum J, Maloney B, McClaren S, Pettitt P, Pyatt B, Reynolds T, Rushworth G, Stephens M. 2000. The Niah Caves Project: Preliminary Report on the first (2000) season. Sarawak Museum Journal (New Series) 55: 111-150.

Barton H. 2000. The behaviour of raw materials or the behaviour of hunter-gatherers. In Denham T and Blau S. (eds) Proceedings of the 2nd National Students Conference School of Archaeology and Anthropology, pp. 37-41. Canberra: ANU Press.

Barton, H. 2000.  In memoriam: V. Gordon Childe. Antiquity 74: 769-77.

Barton H. 2000. The Mysterious Pituri. In A Cremin (ed.) 1901 Australian Life at Federation: An Illustrated Chronicle, pp. 13-14. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.

Barton H, Torrence R and Fullagar R. 1998. Clues to Stone Tool Function Re-examined: Comparing Starch Grain Frequencies on Used and Unused Obsidian Artefacts. Journal of Archaeological Science 25: 1231-1238.

Barton H and White JP. 1993. Tool Use-Wear and Residues at Balof 2, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Asian Perspectives 32: 169-182.

Selected Reports

Barton H. 2006. Ille Cave Artefacts: A Technological and Functional Analysis. Report prepared for Dr Helen Lewis, University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus.

Lewis H, Paz V, Kress J, Lara M, Jack G, Carlos J, Hernandez V, Barton H, Robles E, Vitales T, Ragragio A, Solheim W, Ronquillo W. 2006. Early occupation at Ille Cave, New Ibajay, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines: report on the 2005 excavation season. A report for the British Academy, NERC/Orads and the National Museum of the Philippines.

Barton H. 2003. Organic residues on stone tools from the Sands of Forvie, Aberdeenshire. Report prepared for Dr Graham Warren, Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

Barton H. 2000. Residue and Use-wear analysis of stone artefacts from Tinian Island, Northern Marianas Islands, Micronesia. Report prepared for International Archaeological Research Institute Inc.

AMBS (Barton H.) 2001. Salvage excavations at Howick Coal Mine, Hunter Valley, NSW. Report prepared for Coal & Allied, P/L.

AMBS (Barton H, Tacon P, Martin G.) 2001. Somersby Industrial Park: Aboriginal Heritage Study for Plan of Management, Volume 1: Main Report. Report to Gosford City Council and Somersby Industrial Estate Taskforce.

AMBS (Barton H, Tacon P, Martin G.) 2001. Somersby Industrial Park: Aboriginal Heritage Study for Plan of Management, Volume 2: Aboriginal Site Descriptions. Report to Gosford City Council and Somersby Industrial Estate Taskforce.

AMBS (Barton H.) 2001. Somersby Industrial Park: Aboriginal Heritage Study for Plan of Management, Volume 3: Preliminary Plan of Management. Report to Gosford City Council and Somersby Industrial Estate Taskforce.

Research Students

Topics available for PhD supervision

  • Ancient starch analysis
  • organic residue analysis
  • microwear
  • Technological analysis of stone and organic tools
  • Southeast Asian archaeology
  • Australian archaeology
  • Hunter-gatherer archaeology and ethnography

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Current students

Korakot Boonlop, thesis topic: The association between dental caries prevalence and the emergence of agriculture in the ancient population during pre and post agricultural period in Thailand. (First supervisor).

Paul Dickinson, thesis topic: Obsidian Tools as evidence for Value, trade and exchange: The microscopic analysis of use wear and residue on Araho’s type 1 obsidian tools from Willaumez, Papua New Guinea (5900 – 3600 BP). (First supervisor).

Belinda Mollard, thesis topic: Understanding a Ritual Landscape: An Investigation into the Rock Art of the Jornada Mogollon Region of the American Southwest. (Second supervisor).

Bori Nyiri, thesis topic: Chasing Dragons through Time and Space: Changing representations of Martabani storage jars. (First supervisor).

 

Past Students

Dr Kelly Reed, thesis topic: The changing face of farming: archaeobotanical analysis of Neolithic to Bronze Age Agriculture in southeast Europe (5500 BC – 3000 BC).  (Second supervisor).

Dr Alan Spencer, thesis topic: The effects of rejuvenation on Great Basin Archaic Dart Points: Reconsidering morphologically derived typological schema in lithic analyses.  (Second supervisor).

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