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Dr Lynn Welton

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archaeology

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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.

Research Groups

Department of Archaeology

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Landscapes of Complex Society

Research Projects

Department of Archaeology

  • Managing Risk in Early Complex Societies

Research Interests

  • 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


Edited book

  • 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.

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Conference Paper