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Department of Anthroplogy

Erick Robinson
Assistant Research Scientist (Postdoc)

B.A. 2004, University of Kansas
Ph.D. 2011, University of Sheffield                Anthropology Building 204

 Erick Robinson specializes in the archaeology of Late Glacial and Early-Middle Holocene hunter-gatherer and early agricultural societies in Europe and North America. His technical foci are chronological modeling, lithic technology, geochemical analysis of stone, 3D modeling, and GIS. He has conducted fieldwork in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Serbia, and the United Kingdom.

 He is currently working with Prof. Robert L. Kelly on the NSF-funded project “Populating a Radiocarbon Database of Western North America”. This project compiles dates from 11 states that will eventually be incorporated into the Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database (CARD). The project aims to refine the use of summed probability distributions of radiocarbon dates as proxy evidence for changes in the size of prehistoric populations.

 He is currently co-leader (with Dr. Felix Riede, Aarhus University, Denmark) of a project funded by the INQUA (International Union for Quaternary Research) Commission for Humans and the Biosphere (HABCOM). This project (“Cultural and Paleoenvironmental Changes in Late Glacial to Middle Holocene Europe—Gradual or Sudden?”) brings together young researchers across Europe to synthesize regional archaeological and paleoenvironmental datasets and carry out a multi-modeling study comprising chronological, eco=cultural niche modeling, and agent=based phylogenetic modeling. The project lays the theoretical and methodological foundations for understanding the differential impacts made on Late Glacial to Middle Holocene societies by a range of paleoenvironmental changes such as abrupt climate change events, gradual ecosystem changes, sea-level changes, and extreme events such as volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

 Selected Publications

Crombé, P., Robinson, E., 2014. 14C dates as demographic proxies in Neolithisation models of northwestern Europe: a critical assessment using Belgium and northeast France as a case-study. Journal of Archaeological Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.02.001

Crombé, P., Robinson, E., Van Strydonck, M., 2014. Synchronizing a Late Glacial abrupt cooling event with palaeoenvironmental and population changes: the case study of the Moervaart palaeolake area (NW Belgium). Radiocarbon, 56(2), 899-912.

Birks, H.H., Gelorini, V., Robinson, E., Hoek, W.Z., 2014. Impacts of palaeoclimate change 60,000-8000 years ago on humans and their environments in Europe: Integrating palaeoenvironmental and archaeological data. Quaternary International DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.02.022

Robinson, E., Van Strydonck, M., Gelorini, V., Crombé, P., 2013. Radiocarbon chronology and the correlation of hunter-gatherer sociocultural change with abrupt palaeoclimate change: the Middle Mesolithic in the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt area of northwest Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science 40, 755-763.

Plets, G., Konstantinov, N., Soenov, V., Robinson, E., 2013. Repatriation, doxa, and contested heritages. Anthropology and Archaeology of Eurasia 52(2), 73-89.

Crombé, P., Robinson, E., Van Strydonck, M., Boudin, M., 2013. Radiocarbon dating of Mesolithic open-air sites in the cover-sand area of the North-West European Plain: problems and prospects. Archaeometry 55(3): 545-562.

Cnudde, V., Boone, M., De Kock, T., Baele, J.-M., Dewanckele, J., Crombé, P., Robinson, E., 2013. Preliminary structural and chemical study of two quartzite varieties from the same geological formation: a first step in the sourcing of quartzites utilized in the Mesolithic of northwest Europe. Geologica Belgica 16(1-2): 27-34.

Robinson, E., Lombaert, L., Sergant, J., Crombé, P., 2011. Armatures and the question of forager-LBK contact: the site of Verrebroek-Aven Ackers (East Flanders, Belgium). Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt 41. 473-508.

Crombé, P., Sergant, J., Robinson, E., De Reu, J., 2011. Hunter-gatherer responses to environmental change during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in the southern North Sea basin: Late Glacial-Final Mesoltihic land use in northwest Belgium. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 30: 454-471.

Crombé, P., Sergant, J., Robinson, E., 2009. Counting microliths: a reliable method to assess Mesolithic land-use? Antiquity 83: 821-830.

Erick Robinson

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