Professor Emeritus Peter Rowley-Conwy, MA, PhD
Peter Rowley-Conwy likes animal bones, plant remains, hunter-gatherers and early agriculturalists, and the history of archaeology. He is particularly keen on pigs, and has had two major research awards to examine pig archaeology. One from the AHRB brought Umberto Albarella to Durham for four years to study pig domestication and management in various parts of the world (Umberto has now moved on to a position in the Department of Archaeology and Prehistory at Sheffield University). The other involved sponsoring the three-year Wellcome Research Fellowship of Keith Dobney. Keith has moved on to a prestigious Sixth Century chair in the Department of Archaeology in the University of Aberdeen. The presence of these serious pig fanciers turned Durham into a major centre of porcine excellence. PR-C's own pig research involves determining the season of hunting by looking at tooth eruption and bone growth, and the detection of domestication. For a recent publication see:
Rowley-Conwy, P., Albarella, A. and Dobney, K. 2012. Distinguishing wild boar and domestic pigs in prehistory: a review of approaches and recent results. Journal of World Prehistory 25: 1-44.
While pigs are his first love, PR-C also turns his hand to other species when required. He has a long background in zooarchaeology, and has done a lot of work on animal bones in various parts of the world, species including horse, various deer species, and sheep (no jokes about his Welsh ancestry please). While fascinating in their own right, animal bones are really a means to a greater end: the reconstruction of past societies and ways of life. Reconstruction of hunter-gatherer settlement patterns is a major goal of his research, because this can make a major contribution to understanding wider aspects of prehistoric societies. He has worked on the Mesolithic of Denmark and southern Sweden. He has also worked on the Muge and Sado shell middens in Portugal – his latest paper is in press:
Rowley-Conwy, P. in press. The Late Mesolithic of Southwest Portugal: a Zooarchaeological Approach to Settlement Patterns and Resource Exploitation. In The Muge Middens: 150 Years, ed. N. Bicho. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
He has been involved with the current investigations by the Vale of Pickering Research Trust near the world-famous site of Star Carr. His interest in this field is taken further in a lecture course, Hunters and Gatherers Past and Present, which he teaches together with Professor Robert Layton (Department of Anthropology, University of Durham). Here are a couple of publications showing how joint research-led teaching can open up new directions of research:
Rowley-Conwy, P. and Layton, R.H. 2011. Foraging and farming as niche construction: stable and unstable adaptations. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B, 366 (1566), 27 March 2011, 849-862.
Layton, R.H., and Rowley-Conwy, P. in press. Wild things in the north? Hunter-gatherers and the tyranny of the colonial perspective. Anthropologie. International Journal of the Science of Man (Prague), special number Theory and Method in the Prehistoric Archaeology of Central Europe edited by Daniel Sosna.
PR-C is also very interested in the origins and spread of agriculture, and has worked in various areas of Europe and the Near East. He is acting as Research Sponsor to Dr. Kurt Gron, who is coming to Durham as a Royal Society Newton Fellow. This project will start in January 2014, and will examine differences between the husbandry regimes of the first farmers in northern Germany (the LBK) and Denmark (the TRB).
PR-C has examined a varierty of faunal assemblages, including those from Tell Abu Hureyra (Syria) and Arene Candide (Italy), both of which have provided long and detailed sequences. Here are a couple of recent papers on domestic animals:
Rowley-Conwy, P. 2013. North of the frontier: early domestic animals in northern Europe. In The Origins and Spread of Domestic Animals in Southwest Asia and Europe, eds. S. Colledge, J. Conolly, K. Dobney, K. Manning and S. Shennan, 283-311. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
Rowley-Conwy, P., Gourichon, L., Helmer, D. and Vigne, J.-D. 2013. Early domestic animals in Italy, Istria, the Tyrrenian Islands ad southern France. In The Origins and Spread of Domestic Animals in Southwest Asia and Europe, eds. S. Colledge, J. Conolly, K. Dobney, K. Manning and S. Shennan, 161-194. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
This is part of a more general consideration of the nature of the spread of agriculture, the social changes which accompany it, and the speed of the change itself. He usually finds himself opposed to the post-processual orthodox view of long-term hunter-gatherer intensification followed by a neolithic still based mainly on hunting and gathering. Here is a recent paper:
Rowley-Conwy, P. 2011. Westward Ho! The spread of agriculture from Central Europe to the Atlantic. Current Anthropology 52(S4): 431-451.
One aspect of agricultural spread concerns the pollen evidence for the earliest cultivation in Northwest Europe. He has recently completed a major research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the second of two such (co-applicants Dr. Jeff Blackford and Dr. Jim Innes, Department of Geography) which looked at the ecological contexts of the earliest cereal pollen grains in a variety of NW European sites. Here are two publications:
Innes, J.B., Blackford, J.J. and Rowley-Conwy, P.A. 2013. Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic forest disturbance: a high resolution palaeoecological test of human impact hypotheses. Quaternary Science Reviews 77, 80-100.
Lahtinen, M. and Rowley-Conwy, P. 2013. Early farming in Finland: was there cultivation before the Iron Age (500 BC?). European Journal of Archaeology 16(4), 660-684.
PR-C also studies prehistoric crop plants, in particular from the major stratified site of Qasr Ibrim in Egyptian Nubia. The plant remains from this site are superbly preserved in the extreme desert environment, and present a unique view of agriculture covering nearly three thousand years, from 1000 BC to AD 1800. The material has been studied during a three-year NERC-funded project. Alan Clapham has identified about a third of a million plant items! This is now being written up for final publication in book form.
Finally, PR-C is also actively studying the history of archaeology. He has produced a book entitled From Genesis to the Stone Age: the Archaeological Three Age System and its contested Reception in the British Isles. He is also working on a longer-term project on the Three Age System in Scandinavia. This involves the translation of the major works by the four main protagonists, C.J. Thomsen, Sven Nilsson, J.J.S. Steenstrup, and J.J.A. Worsaae (PR-C is half-Danish and is fluent in that language); the teasing out of the multifarious intellectual currents that led up to their publications in the years 1836-43; and its impact on archaeology after that. This includes a consideration of the development of ‘the idea of prehistory’. His most recent work is a consideration of the way the Bronze Age skeleton and finds from Gristhorpe in Yorkshire, excavated in 1834, was used by various schools of archaeological thought in the critical years of the mid-19th century. This is in press in the forthcoming book on Gristhorpe, edited by Dr. Nigel Melton, Dr. Janet Montgomery and Christopher Knusel:
Rowley-Conwy, P. The Gristhorpe burial in nineteenth century archaeology: an essay on the development of archaeological thought. To appear in Gristhorpe Man. A Life and Death in the Bronze Age, eds. N. Melton, J. Montgomery and C. Knusel. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
Department of Archaeology
- Prehistoric Worlds
Department of Archaeology
- Agriculture at Qasr Ibrim, Nubia, 1000 BC - AD 1800
- Animal domestication and human dispersal
- Experimental archaeobotany and geoarchaeology
- Origins and Spread of Agriculture
- Earlier 19th century Scandinavian archaeology
- Eurasian mammal bones, especially pigs, and agricultural plants from archaeological sites
- Hunter-gatherers, origins of agriculture, early agriculture
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2007). From Genesis to Prehistory. The archaeological Three Age System and its contested reception in Denmark, Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Albarella, U., Dobney, K., Ervynck, A. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2007). Pigs and Humans: 10,000 Years of Interaction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Panter-Brick, C., Layton, R. H. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2001). Hunter-Gatherers: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Biosocial Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). Debates in World Archaeology. World Archaeology, 36 (4): Routledge.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2002). Ancient Ecodisasters. World Archaeology, 33 (3): Routledge.
Chapter in book
- Uchiyama, J., Clutton-Brock, J. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (Accepted). Mammal remains from the excavations at Seamer Carr, Yorkshire, 1977-1986. In Hunter-Gatherers in the Landscape: Investigations of the Early Mesolithic in the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire 1976-2000. Lane, P. & Schadla-Hall, T. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
- Rowley-Conwy, Peter, Uchiyama, J. & Legge, A.J. (Accepted). Mammal remains from the Vale of Pickering Research Trust Excavations, Yorkshire, 1985-1998. In Hunter-Gatherers in the Landscape: Investigations of the Early Mesolithic in the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire 1976-2000. Lane, P. & Schadla-Hall, T. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
- Rogers, B., Gron, K., Montgomery, J., Gröcke, D.R. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2018). Aurochs Hunters: The Large Animal Bones from Blick Mead. In Blick Mead: Exploring the 'first place' in the Stonehenge landscape. Archaeological excavations at Blick Mead, Amesbury, Wiltshire 2005–2016. Jacques, D., Phillips, T. & Lyons, T. Oxford: Peter Lang. 1: 127-152.
- Gron, Kurt J. & Rowley-Conwy, Peter (2018). Environmental Archaeology in Southern Scandinavia. In Environmental Archaeology: Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches. Piskin, E., Marciniak, A. & Bartkowiak, M. Springer International Publishing AG, Cham. 35-74.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2017). To the Upper Lake: Star Carr revisited – by birchbark canoe. In Economic Zooarchaeology: Studies in Hunting, Herding and Early Agriculture. Rowley-Conwy, P., Sergeantson, D. & Halstead, P. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. & Legge, A.J. (2015). Subsistence Practices in Western and Northern Europe. In The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe. Fowler, C., Harding, J. & Hofmann, D. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 429-446.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2015). The Late Mesolithic of southwest Portugal: a zooarchaeological approach to resource exploitation and settlement patterns. In Muge 150th: the 150th Anniversary of the Discovery of Mesolithic Shellmiddens. Bicho, N., Detry, C., Price, T.D. & Cunha, E. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. 1: 255-272.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2014). Foragers and farmers in Mesolithic/Neolithic Europe, 5500-3900 cal BC: beyond the anthropological comfort zone. In Wild Things: Recent Advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Research. Foulds, F., Drinkall, H., Perri, A., Clinnick, D. & Walker, J. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 185-201.
- Rowley-Conwy, P A , Gourichon, L, Helmer, D & Vigne, J-D (2013). Early Domestic Animals in Italy, Istria, the Tyrrhenian Islands, and Southern France. In The Origins and Spread of Domestic Animals in Southwest Asia and Europe. Sue Colledge James Conolly Keith Dobney Katie Manning & Stephen Shennan Left Coast Press. 161-194.
- Rowley-Conwy, P.A. (2013). North of the Frontier: Early Domestic Animals in Northern Europe. In The Origins and Spread of Domestic Animals in Southwest Asia and Europe. Sue Colledge James Conolly Keith Dobney Katie Manning & Stephen Shennan Left Coast Press.
- Wilkie, T., Mainland, I., Albarella, U., Dobney K. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2007). A dental microwear study of pig diet and management in Iron Age, Romano-British, Anglo-Scandinavian and medieval contexts in England. In Pigs and Humans: 10,000 Years of Interaction. Albarella, U., Dobney, K., Ervynck, A. & Rowley-Conwy, P. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 241-254.
- Larson, G., Albarella, U., Dobney, K. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2007). Current views on Sus phylogeography and pig domestication as seen through modern mtDNA studies. In Pigs and Humans: 10,000 Years of Interaction. Albarella, U., Dobney, K., Ervynck, A. & Rowley-Conwy, P. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 30-41.
- Albarella, U., Manconi, F., Vigne, J-D. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2007). Ethnoarchaeology of pig husbandry in Sardinia and Corsica. In Pigs and Humans: 10,000 Years of Interaction. Albarella, A., Dobney, K., Ervynck, A. & Rowley-Conwy, P. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 285-307.
- Albarella, A., Dobney, K., Ervynck, A. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2007). Introduction. In Pigs and Humans: 10,000 Years of Interaction. Albarella, A., Dobney, K., Ervynck, A. & Rowley-Conwy, P. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1-12.
- Jones, G. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2007). On the importance of cereal cultivation in the British Neolithic. In The Origins and Spread of Domestic Plants in Southwest Asia and Europe. Colledge, S. & Conolly, J. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press. 391-419.
- Lubell, D., Jackes, M., Sheppard, P. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2007). The Mesolithic-Neolithic in the Alentejo: archaeological investigations 1984-1986. In From the Mediterranean Basin to the Portuguese Atlantic shore: Papers in Honor of Anthony Marks. Bicho, N. & Thacker, P. Faro: Universidade do Algarve. 209-229.
- Dobney, K., Ervynck, A. Albarella U. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2007). The transition from wild boar to domestic pig in Eurasia, illustrated by a tooth developmental defect and biometrical data. In Pigs and Humans: 10,000 years of interaction. Albarella,U., Dobney, K., Ervynck,A. & Rowley-Conwy, P. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 57-82.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. & Dobney, P. (2007). Wild boar and domestic pigs in Mesolithic and Neolithic southern Scandinavia. In Pigs and Humans: 10,000 Years of Interaction. Albarella, U., Dobney, K., Ervynck, A. & Rowley-Conwy, P. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 131-155.
- Albarella, U., Manconi, F., Rowley-Conwy, P. & Vigne, J-D. (2006). Pigs of Corsica and Sardinia: a biometrical re-evaluation of their status and history. In Archaeozoological Studies in Honour of Alfredo Riedel. Tecchiati, U. & Sala, B. Bolzano: Province of Bolzano. 285-302.
- Albarella, A., Dobney, K. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2006). The domestication of the pig (Sus scrofa) new challenges and approaches. In Documenting domestication: new genetic and archaeological paradigms. M. Zeder D. Bradley, E. Emshwiller & B. Smith California: University of California Press. 209-227.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). Animal bones and plant remains. In A Companion to Archaeology. Bintliffe, J.L. Oxford: Blackwell. 291-310.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). Complexity in the Mesolithic of the Atlantic Façade: development or adaptation?. In The Mesolithic of the Atlantic Façade. Gonzalez Morales, M.R. & Clark, G.A. Tempe: Arizona State University. 1-12.
- Bettinger, R.L. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). Discussants' comments and overview. In Hunters and Gatherers in Theory and Archaeology. Crothers, G.M. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University, Center for Archaeological Investigations. 475-490.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). From Arene Candide to the Atlantic: the Bernabò Brea excavations and early domestic animals in the West Mediterranean. In Dalle Arene Candide a Lipari. Scritti in Onore di Luigi Bernabò Brea. Pelagatti, P. & Spadea, G. Rome: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali. 123-132.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). Hunter-Gatherer intensification and the straight arrow of progress: Australia and Northwest Europe compared. In Combining the Past and the Present: Archaeological Perspectives on Society. Oestigaard, T., Anfinset, N. & Saetersdal, T. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. 49-59.
- Hodgetts, L. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). Mammal and bird remains from the underwater excavations at Møllegabet II. In Møllegabet II. A submerged Mesolithic Settlement in southern Denmark. Skaarup, J. & Grøn, O. Oxford: Archaeopress. 144-147.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2003). Early domestic animals in Europe: imported or locally domesticated?. In The Widening Harvest. The Neolithic Transition in Europe: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Ammerman A. & Biagi P. Boston: Archaeological Institute of America. AIA Colloquia and Conference Papers 6: 99-117.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2003). No fixed abode? Nomadism in the Northwest European Neolithic. In Stones and Bones. Formal disposal of the dead in Atlantic Europe during the Mesolithic-Neolithic interface 6000-3000 BC. Archaeological Conference in Honour of the Late Professor Michael J. O'Kelly. Burenhult, G. & Westergaard, S. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. 115-144.
- Shaw, C.H., Deakin, W. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2001). Ancient DNA from archaeological sorghum from Qasr Ibrim, Egyptian Nubia: methods and results. In Archaeological Sciences 1997. Proceedings of the Conference held at the University of Durham, 2nd-4th September 1997. Millard, A.R. Oxford: Archaeopress. 96-99.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2001). Determination of season of death in European wild boar (Sus scrofa ferus): a preliminary study. In Archaeological Sciences 1997. Proceedings of the Conference held at the University of Durham, 2nd-4th September 1997. Millard, A.R. Oxford: Archaeopress. 133-139.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2001). European Mesolithic. In Encyclopedia of Archaeology. History and Discoveries vol. 2. Murray, T. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. 478-491.
- Panter-Brick, C., Layton, R.H. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2001). Lines of enquiry. In Hunter-Gatherers. An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Panter-Brick, C., Layton, R.H. & Rowley-Conwy, P. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1-11.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2001). Time, change and the archaeology of hunter-gatherers: how original is the 'Original Affluent Society'?. In Hunter-Gatherers: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Panter-Brick, C., Layton, R.H. & Rowley-Conwy, P. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Biosocial Society Symposium Series 13: 39-72.
- Gron, K.J., Larsson, M., Gröcke, D.R., Andersen, N.H., Andreasen, M.H., Bech, J.-H., Henriksen, P.S., Hilton, R.G., Jessen, M.D., Møller, N.A., Nielsen, F.O., Nielsen, P.O., Pihl, A., Sørensen, L., Westphal, J., Rowley-Conwy, P. & Church, M.J. (2021). Archaeological cereals as an isotope record of long-term soil health and anthropogenic amendment in southern Scandinavia. Quaternary Science Reviews 253: 106762.
- Frantz, Laurent A. F., Haile, James, Lin, Audrey T., Scheu, Amelie, Geörg, Christina, Benecke, Norbert, Alexander, Michelle, Linderholm, Anna, Mullin, Victoria E., Daly, Kevin G., Battista, Vincent M., Price, Max, Gron, Kurt J., Alexandri, Panoraia, Arbogast, Rose-Marie, Arbuckle, Benjamin, Bӑlӑşescu, Adrian, Barnett, Ross, Bartosiewicz, László, Baryshnikov, Gennady, Bonsall, Clive, Borić, Dušan, Boroneanţ, Adina, Bulatović, Jelena, Çakirlar, Canan, Carretero, José-Miguel, Chapman, John, Church, Mike, Crooijmans, Richard, De Cupere, Bea, Detry, Cleia, Dimitrijevic, Vesna, Dumitraşcu, Valentin, du Plessis, Louis, Edwards, Ceiridwen J., Erek, Cevdet Merih, Erim-Özdoğan, Aslı, Ervynck, Anton, Fulgione, Domenico, Gligor, Mihai, Götherström, Anders, Gourichon, Lionel, Groenen, Martien A.M., Helmer, Daniel, Hongo, Hitomi, Horwitz, Liora K., Irving-Pease, Evan K., Lebrasseur, Ophélie, Lesur, Joséphine, Malone, Caroline, Manaseryan, Ninna, Marciniak, Arkadiusz, Martlew, Holley, Mashkour, Marjan, Matthews, Roger, Matuzeviciute, Giedre Motuzaite, Maziar, Sepideh, Meijaard, Erik, McGovern, Tom, Megens, Hendrik-Jan, Miller, Rebecca, Mohaseb, Azadeh Fatemeh, Orschiedt, Jörg, Orton, David, Papathanasiou, Anastasia, Pearson, Mike Parker, Pinhasi, Ron, Radmanović, Darko, Ricaut, François-Xavier, Richards, Mike, Sabin, Richard, Sarti, Lucia, Schier, Wolfram, Sheikhi, Shiva, Stephan, Elisabeth, Stewart, John R., Stoddart, Simon, Tagliacozzo, Antonio, Tasić, Nenad, Trantalidou, Katerina, Tresset, Anne, Valdiosera, Cristina, van den Hurk, Youri, Van Poucke, Sophie, Vigne, Jean-Denis, Yanevich, Alexander, Zeeb-Lanz, Andrea, Triantafyllidis, Alexandros, Gilbert, M. Thomas P., Schibler, Jörg, Rowley-Conwy, Peter, Zeder, Melinda, Peters, Joris, Cucchi, Thomas, Bradley, Daniel G., Dobney, Keith, Burger, Joachim, Evin, Allowen, Girdland-Flink, Linus & Larson, Greger (2019). Ancient pigs reveal a near-complete genomic turnover following their introduction to Europe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(35): 17231-17238.
- Gron, Kurt J., Rowley-Conwy, Peter, Fernandez-Dominguez, Eva, Gröcke, Darren R., Montgomery, Janet, Nowell, Geoff M. & Patterson, William P. (2018). A Meeting In The Forest: Hunters And Farmers At The Coneybury ‘Anomaly’, Wiltshire. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 84: 111-144.
- Binder, Didier, Lanos, Philippe, Angeli, Lucia, Gomart, Louise, Guilaine, Jean, Manen, Claire, Maggi, Roberto, Muntoni, Italo M., Panelli, Chiara, Radi, Giovanna, Tozzi, Carlo, Arobba, Daniele, Battentier, Janet, Brandaglia, Mario, Bouby, Laurent, Briois, François, Carré, Alain, Delhon, Claire, Gourichon, Lionel, Marinval, Philippe, Nisbet, Renato, Rossi, Stefano, Rowley-Conwy, Peter & Thiébault, Stéphanie (2018). Modelling the earliest north-western dispersal of Mediterranean Impressed Wares: new dates and Bayesian chronological model. Documenta Praehistorica 44: 54-77.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2018). Zooarchaeology and the elusive feast: from performance to aftermath. World Archaeology 50(2): 221-241.
- Gron, K. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2017). Herbivore Diets and the Anthropogenic Environment of Early Farming in Southern Scandinavia. The Holocene 27(1): 98-109.
- Gron, K. J., Gröcke, D. R., Larsson, M., Sørensen, L., Larsson, L., Rowley-Conwy, P. A. & Church, M. J. (2017). Nitrogen isotope evidence for manuring of Early Neolithic Funnel Beaker Culture cereals from Stensborg, Sweden. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 14: 575-579.
- Lahtinen, M., Oinonen, M., Tallavaara, M., Walker, J. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2017). The advance of cultivation at its northern European limit: process or event?. The Holocene 27(3): 427-438.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. & Piper, S. (2016). Hunter-Gatherer variability: developing the models for the northern coasts. Arctic 69(5): 1-14.
- Gron, K.J., Montgomery, J. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2015). Cattle Management for Dairying in Scandinavia’s earliest Neolithic. PLOS ONE 10(7): e0131267.
- Bishop, R R, Church, M J & Rowley-Conwy, P A (2015). Firewood, food and niche construction: the potential role of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in actively structuring Scotland's woodlands. Quaternary Science Reviews 108: 51-75.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. & Zeder, M. (2014). Mesolithic domestic pigs at Rosenhof – or wild boar? A critical re-appraisal of ancient DNA and geometric morphometrics. World Archaeology 46(5): 813-824.
- Bishop, R R, Church, M J & Rowley-Conwy, P A (2014). Seeds, fruits and nuts in the Scottish Mesolithic. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 143: 9-72.
- Dobat, A.S., Price, T.D., Kveiborg, J., Ilkjær, J. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2014). The four horses of an Iron Age apocalypse: war-horses from the third-century weapon sacrifice at Illerup Aadal (Denmark). Antiquity 88(339): 191-204.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. & Zeder, M. (2014). Wild Boar or Domestic Pigs? Response to Evin et al. World Archaeology 46(5): 835-840.
- Piper, S., Rowley-Conwy, P. A. & Church, M. J. (2013). Gleann Mor Barabhais. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 14: 190-191.
- Church, M. J. & Rowley-Conwy, P. A. (2013). Pabaigh Mòr. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 14: 198.
- Bishop, R. R., Church, M. J., Clegg, C., Johnson, L., Piper, S., Rowley-Conwy, P. A. & Snape-Kennedy, L. (2013). Tràigh na Beirigh 2. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 14: 198-199.
- Snape-Kennedy, L., Church, M. J., Bishop, R. R., Clegg, C., Johnson, L., Piper, S. & Rowley-Conwy, P. A. (2013). Tràigh na Beirigh 9. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 14: 199.
- Layton, R. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2013). Wild things in the north? Hunter-gatherers and the tyranny of the colonial perspective. Anthropologie. International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution 51(2): 213-230.
- Rowley-Conwy, PA, Albarella, U & Dobney, K (2012). Distinguishing Wild Boar and Domestic Pigs in Prehistory: A Review of Approaches and Recent Results. Journal of World Prehistory 25(1): 1-44.
- Church, M.J., Bishop, R.R., Blake, E., Nesbitt, C., Perri, A., Piper, S. & Rowley-Conwy, P.A. (2012). Temple Bay, Harris. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 13: 186.
- Church, M J, Bishop, R R, Blake, E, Nesbitt, C, Perri, A, Piper, S, Rowley-Conwy, P A, Snape-Kennedy, L & Walker, J (2012). Tràigh na Beirigh, Uig. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 13: 190.
- Rowley-Conwy, PA & Layton, RH (2011). Foraging and farming as niche construction: stable and unstable adaptations. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366(1566): 849-862
- Rowley-Conwy, PA & Owen, AC (2011). Grooved Ware Feasting in Yorkshire: Late Neolithic Animal Consumption at Rudston Wold. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 30(4): 325-367.
- Rowley-Conwy, PA (2011). Westward Ho! The spread of agriculture from Central Europe to the Atlantic. Current Anthropology 52(S4): 431-451.
- Bishop, R.R., Church, M.J. & Rowley-Conwy, P.A. (2010). Northton, Harris. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, New Series 11: 178.
- Larson, G., Albarella, U., Dobney, K., Rowley-Conwy, P., Schibler, J., Tresset, A., Vigne, J-D., Edwards, C.J., Schlumbaum, A., Dinu, A., Balaçsescu, A., Dolman, G., Tagliacozzo, A., Manaseryan, N., Miracle, P., van Wijngaarden-Bakker, L., Masseti, M., Bradley, D.G. & Cooper, A. (2007). Ancient DNA, pig domestication, and the spread of the Neolithic into Europe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(39): 15276-15281.
- Albarella, U., Tagliacozzo, A., Dobney, K. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2006). Pig hunting and husbandry in prehistoric Italy: a contribution to the domestication debate. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 72: 193-227.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2006). The concept of prehistory and the invention of the terms 'prehistoric' and 'prehistorian': the Scandanavian origin, 1833-1850. European Journal of Archaeology 9(1): 103-130.
- Albarella, U., Davis, S.J.M., Detry, C. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2005). Pigs of the ‘Far West’ the biometry of Sus from archaeological sites in Portugal. Anthropozoologica 40(2): 27-54.
- Dobney, K., Anezaki, T., Hongo, H., Matsui, A., Yamazaki, K., Ervynck, A., Albarella, U. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2005). The transition from wild boar to domestic pig as illustrated by dental enamel defects (LEH): a Japanese case study including the site of Torihama. Torihama Shell Midden Papers 4/5: 51-76.
- Larson, G., Dobney, K., Albarella, U. Fang, M., Matisoo-Smith, E., Robins, J., Lowden, S., Finlayson, H., Brand, T., Willerslev, E., Rowley-Conwy, P., Andersson, L. & Cooper, A. (2005). Worldwide phylogeography of wild boar reveals multiple centers of pig domestication. Science 307(5715): 1618-1621.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). Age at death: a zooarchaeological technique with implications for anthropology, agricultural economics and history. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in History and Archaeology 1(1): 51-59.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). How the West was lost: a reconsideration of agricultural origins in Britain, Ireland and southern Scandinavia. Current Anthropology 45(S4): 83-113.
- Copley, M.S., Jim, S., Jones, V., Rose, P., Clapham, A., Edwards, D.N., Horton, M., Rowley-Conwy, P. & Evershed, R.P. (2004). Short- and long-term foraging and foddering strategies of domesticated animals from Qasr Ibrim, Egypt. Journal of Archaeological Science 31(9): 1273-1286.
- Dobney, K.M., Ervynck, A., Albarella, U. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). The chronology and frequency of a stress marker (linear enamel hypoplasia) in recent and archaeological populations of Sus scrofa in north-west Europe, and the effects of early domestication. Journal of Zoology 264(2): 197-208.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2004). The Three Age System in English: new translations of the founding documents. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 14(1): 4-15.
- Innes, J., Blackford, J. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2003). The start of the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in North-West Europe – the palynological contribution. Antiquity 77(297).
- Rowley-Conwy, P., Halstead, P. & Collins, P. (2002). Derivation and application of a Food Utility Index (FUI) for European wild boar (Sus scrofa L.). Environmental Archaeology 7: 77-87.
- Stokes, P. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2002). Iron Age cultigen?: experimental return rates for fat hen (Chenopodium album L.). Environmental Archaeology 7: 95-99.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2002). Sir Grahame Clark (1907-95). American Anthropologist 104(3): 1009-1012.
- Rowley-Conwy, P. (2001). Science, theory and archaeology in Britain: a minimalist view of the debate. Archaeologia Polona 39: 17-36.
Available for media contact about:
- Europe: History & Archaeology: economic archaeology
- Europe: History & Archaeology: zooarchaeology
- Europe: History & Archaeology: origins of agriculture
- Europe: History & Archaeology: hunter gatherers
- Europe: History & Archaeology: Scandinavia
- Europe: History & Archaeology: Mesolithic
- Europe: History & Archaeology: Neolithic
- European Prehistory: economic archaeology
- European Prehistory: animals in archaeology
- European Prehistory: origins of agriculture
- European Prehistory: hunter gatherers
- European Prehistory: ancient DNA
- European Prehistory: Scandinavia
- European Prehistory: Mesolithic and Neolithic
- People: Civilisation & land use: early agriculture
- People: Civilisation & land use: ancient DNA
Indicators of Esteem
- 2006: Member of Executive and International Committee of International Council for Archaeozoology (2002-2006): This came about following the highly successful ICAZ conference in Durham in 2002, attended by over 500 delegates from all over thr world.
- 2004: Executive Editor, World Archaeology (2000-2004): Executive editor of World Archaeology for four years starting on 1.1.2001. I am the only editor to serve four years; I was asked to stay on for 2004 to manage the transition of the journal from three to four issues per year.
- 2004: International early agriculture projects: four major research grants totalling £680K:
- 2004: NERC Terrestrial Sciences Peer Review Committee (2001-2004): Member of Terrestrial Sciences Peer Review Committee 2001-2004. Attended many funding meetings in Swindon, read numerous grant applications, member and deputy chairman of sub-committee awarding NERC Fellowships in spring 2004. This is my third stint on a NERC funding panel.
- 2019: Archaeology and Cultural Geography of Arctic and Subarctic Coastal Regions (£42320.00 from British Council Yemen)