Dr Lynn Welton
Selected Research Projects
Managing Risk in Early Complex Societies (MRECS): My primary research at Durham relates to my current Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship project, entitled "Managing Risk in Early Complex Societies in Syria-Palestine: An Investigation of Changing Animal Herding Strategies through the 4th-3rd Millennia BC using Multi-Element Isotopic Analysis". This project investigates practices of animal management, landscape exploitation, and food provisioning strategies during the period that witnesses the appearance of the first towns and urban centres in the Levant using isotopic analysis of animal enamel (δ13C, δ18O, 87Sr/86Sr). The project focuses on two primary case studies: the north Jordan Valley (Tell esh-Shuna & Pella, Jordan) and the Upper Orontes Valley (Tell Nebi Mend, Syria).
Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE): The CRANE project is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. My research as part of this project largely focuses on modelling of past climate and agent-based modelling as a means to examine the range of possible ancient societal responses to climate variability.
Tayinat Archaeological Project (TAP): I have been involved in excavations at the site of Tell Tayinat in southern Turkey since 2004, where I am currently the field director of excavations in Field I, focusing primarily on levels dating to the Early Bronze Age and early Iron Age.
Department of Archaeology
- Landscapes of Complex Society
Department of Archaeology
- Managing Risk in Early Complex Societies
- Isotopic analysis (strontium, carbon, oxygen) of skeletal remains to examine mobility, herding strategies and landscape exploitation
- Reconstruction of human-environment interaction and complex socio-ecological systems using a combination of agent-based modelling and climate modelling
- The Levant, Anatolia and Mesopotamia in the Chalcolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages
- Ceramic technology and manufacture, including petrographic analysis, to examine ancient patterns of material interaction and exchange
- Charaf, H. & Welton, L. (2019). The Iron Age I in the Levant: A View from the North (Part 1). Archaeology and History in Lebanon. London: Lebanese British Friends of the National Museum.
Chapter in book
- Welton, L. (2020). The Amuq in the Early Bronze Age III-IV from a Levantine Perspective. In New Horizons in the Study of the Early Bronze III and Early Bronze IV of the Levant. Richard, S. Eisenbrauns. 51-71.
- Welton, L. (2019). A New Start or Business as Usual? Evidence from the Earliest Iron Age I Levels at Tell Tayinat. In The Iron Age I in the Levant: A View from the North (Part 1). Charaf, H. & Welton, L. London: Lebanese British Friends of the National Museum. 50-51: 70-92.
- Welton, L. & Charaf, H. (2019). The Iron Age I in the Levant: Prologue. In The Iron Age I in the Levant: A View from the North (Part 1). Charaf, H. & Welton, L. London: Lebanese British Friends of the National Museum. 50-51: 2-7.
- Welton, L. (2015). Isotopic Indicators of Community Organization and Integration at Ikiztepe: Implications for Anatolian Social Development in the 4th Millennium BC. In Western Anatolia Before Troy: Proto-Urbanisation in the 4th Millennium BC?. Horejs, B. & Mehofer, M. 1: 395-412.
- Welton, L. & Cooper, L. (2014). Caliciform Ware. In Ceramics. Lebeau, M. Brepols. 1: 325-353.
- Welton, L. (2010). Preliminary Report on the Human Remains in the Cemeteries. In Archaeological Expedition to Khirbat Iskandar and Its Environs, Vol. 1: Final Report on the Early Bronze Age IV Area C “Gateway” and Cemeteries. Richard, S., Holdorf, P.S. & Peterman, G. ASOR. 261-266.
- Manning, Sturt W., Lorentzen, Brita, Welton, Lynn, Batiuk, Stephen & Harrison, Timothy P. (2020). Beyond megadrought and collapse in the Northern Levant: The chronology of Tell Tayinat and two historical inflection episodes, around 4.2ka BP, and following 3.2ka BP. PLOS ONE 15(10): e0240799.
- Welton, L., Harrison, T. Batiuk, S. Ünlü, E., Janeway, B., Karakaya, D. Lipovitch, D. Lumb, D. & Roames, J. (2019). Shifting Networks and Community Identity at Tell Tayinat in the Iron I (ca. 12th to mid-10th Cent. BCE). American Journal of Archaeology 123(2): 291-333.
- Osborne, J., Harrison, T., Batiuk, S., Welton, L., Dessel, J.P., Denel, E. & Demirci, Ö. (2019). Urban Built Environments of the Early 1st Millennium BCE: Results of the Tayinat Archaeological Project, 2004-2012. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 382: 261-312.
- Welton, Lynn (2018). EBIV ceramic production in the Orontes watershed: petrography from the Amuq and beyond. Levant
- Cooper, L., Welton, L. & Pak, S. (2018). Spring Excavations in Kurdistan: Bestansur 2017. Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 11-12: 57-59.
- Welton, L. (2017). Gap or Transition? Characterizing the Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age I in the Amuq. Studia Eblaitica 3: 1-32.
- Welton, L. (2017). Reforging Connections: The Black Sea Coast of Anatolia in the 4th-3rd Millennia BC. Anatolica 43: 117-156.
- Welton, L. (2014). Review of Megiddo V. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (372): 217.
- Welton, Lynn (2014). Revisiting the Amuq sequence: a preliminary investigation of the EBIVB ceramic assemblage from Tell Tayinat. Levant 46(3): 339-370.
- Welton, L. (2012). The Amuq Plain and Tell Tayinat in the Third Millennium BCE: The Historical and Socio-Political Context. Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 6: 15-27.
- Welton, L., Batiuk, S. & Harrison, T. (2011). Tell Tayinat in the Late Third Millennium B.C.: Recent Investigations of the Tayinat Archaeological Project, 2008-2010. Anatolica 37: 147-185.
- Batiuk, Stephen, Harrison, Tim, Welton, Lynn, Joblonkay, Darren & Ragia, Lemonia (2017), The Computational Research on the Ancient near East (CRANE) Project: An Archaeological Data Integration, Simulation and Data Mining, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management. 153.