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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

Robinson specializes in the evolution of socioeconomic complexity in hunter-gatherer and early agricultural societies in Europe and western North America. He employs archaeometric, geochronological, mathematical modeling, and evolutionary and social theoretical approaches to understand relationships between population growth, resource intensification, technological and paleoenvironmental change. He has done fieldwork in Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. He is currently working with Dr. Robert Kelly on the NSF-funded project Populating a Radiocarbon Database of North America. This project advances method and theory for the use of large radiocarbon datasets as a paleo-demographic proxy. His current fieldwork focuses on:

-Fremont occupation of Dinosaur National Monument (with Dr. Judson Finley, Utah State University). This project carries out high-precision Bayesian chronological modeling, geoarchaeology, ground stone, and pottery analyses to test hypotheses for the abandonment of the Uinta basin by Fremont agriculturalists.

-Foothill-mountain occupations in the Canyon Creek area of the southwestern Bighorn mountains (with Spencer Pelton, University of Wyoming). This project tests hypotheses for forager occupation of upland ecosystems as adaptive responses to Holocene climate change events.

-Pilot project to assess the potential for starch grain analysis of ground stone assemblages in Wyoming (with Dr. Lisbeth Louderback, University of Utah)

-Pilot project to assess the potential for crypto-tephrochronology in the high-precision integration of archaeological and paleoenvironmental records across western North America (with Dr. Felix Riede, Aarhus University, and Dr. Katherine Cashman, University of Bristol).

Robinson has led the following international collaborative networks:


Courses Taught:

Anth 1450               World Archaeology pdf

Anth 4050/5005       Archaeometry pdf


Recent/Selected Publications:

Robinson, E., Sellet, F. (Eds.) 2017. Lithic Technological Organization and Paleoenvironmental Change: Global and Diachronic Perspectives. Springer: New York.

Robinson, E., Riede, F. 2017. Cultural and paleoenvironmental changes in Late Glacial to middle Holocene Europe: gradual or sudden? Quaternary International.

Freeman, J., Byers, D., Robinson, E. Kelly, R.L. 2017. Culture process and the interpretation of the radiocarbon record. Radiocarbon.

Griffiths, S., Robinson, E. 2017. The 8.2 ka BP Holocene climate change event and human population resilience in northwest Atlantic Europe. Quaternary International.

Crombé, P., Robinson, E. 2017. Human resilience to Lateglacial climate and environmental change in the Scheldt basin (NW Belgium). Quaternary International 428b: 50-63.

Zahid, H.J. Robinson, E., Kelly, R.L. 2016. Agriculture, population growth, and statistics of the radiocarbon record. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(4): 931-935.

Birks, H.H., Gelorini, V., Robinson, E., Hoek, W.Z. 2015. Impacts of paleoclimate change 60,000-8000 years ago on humans and their environments in Europe: integrating paleoenvironmental and archaeological data. Quaternary International 378: 4-13.

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 52: 558-566.

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

Robinson, E., Sergant, J., Crombé, P. 2013. Late Mesolithic armature variability in the southern North Sea basin: implications for forager-Linearbandkeramik contact models of the transition to agriculture in Belgium and the southern Netherlands. European Journal of Archaeology 16(1): 3-20.

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

Erick Robinson

Erick Robinson

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