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I am Professor of Geoarchaeology and Director of the Department's commercial arm, ARCA. I set up ARCA in 2004 and now run its geoarchaeology and geomatics programmes. Find out more about ARCA.

I have been a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and now Professor at Winchester since 1997, before which I was in charge of environmental archaeology at Cotswold Archaeology. I obtained my undergraduate degree (1989) from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and went on to complete a PhD (1993) at the same institution titled The influence of local factors on palaeoenvironment and land-use: evidence from dry valley fills in the South Downs.

At the University of Winchester I teach on BA, BSc and MA programmes in Archaeology and Geography, as well as supervising research students. I lecture on environmental archaeology, geoarchaeology, geomorphology, climate change, Pleistocene geology and Palaeolithic archaeology.

Areas of expertise

  • Geoarchaeology
  • Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction
  • Field Survey Techniques
  • GIS
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geomatics


Books (since 2005)

  • Wilkinson, K.N. and Stevens, C. 2008 Environmental Archaeology. Approaches, Techniques & Applications. Revised Edition. Stroud: Tempus.

Edited works (since 2010)

  • Wilkinson, K.N. (2023) ‘Indirect’ evidence in assessing the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic: two case studies from the West Sussex coastal plain. In Curating the Palaeolithic. Historic England, Swindon.
  • Wilkinson, K.N., Watson, N., Bethell, P. and Toms, P. (2018) Modelling Pleistocene deposits and the Palaeolithic archaeological potential of a site at Pan Lane, 39 Newport, Isle of Wight. In Carey, C., Howard, A.J., Knight, D., Corcoran, J. and Heathcote, J. (Eds.) Deposit modelling and archaeology, University of Brighton, Brighton, 39-50.
  • Wilkinson, K.N., Branch, N.P., Llobera, M., Marini, N.A.F, Mazet, S. and Weiss, M-C. (2015) The Neolithic in La Balagne, Corsica: an evaluation using palynological, geoarchaeological and landscape archaeological data. In: G. Nash and A. Townsend (Eds) Decoding Atlantic and Mediterranean island ritual. Oxbow, Oxford, 226-239.
  • Adler, D.S., Yeritsyan, B. Wilkinson, K.N., Pinhasi, R., Bar-Oz, G., Nahapetyan, S., Bailey, R., Schmidt, B.A. Glauberman, P., Wales, N. and Gasparian. B. (2012) The Hrazdan Gorge Palaeolithic Project, 2008 2009, in: P. Avetisyan and A. Bobokhyan (Eds) Archaeology of Armenia in regional context, Proceedings of the International Conference dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography held on September 15-17, 2009 in Yerevan, Armenia. NAS RA Gitutyn Publishing House, pp 21-37.
  • Wilkinson, K.N. (2010) Investigation of a palaeosol sequence at Jeitun: excavation of a ditch-like feature and magnetic susceptibility. In: D.R. Harris (Ed.) Origins of agriculture in western central Asia: an environmental-archaeological study. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, 137-142.

Journal papers (since 2010)

  • Hogue, J.T., Wilkinson, K.N., Allison, E., Hill, T., Knul, M.V., Law, M., Perez-Fernandez, M., Russ, H., Schreve, D., Sherriff, J.E., Toms, P., Young, D., Westcott-Wilkins, L., Wilkins, B. (2023) Pleistocene environments, climate, and human activity in Britain during Marine Isotope Stage 7: insights from Oak Tree Fields, Cerney Wick, Gloucestershire. Journal of Quaternary Science. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jqs.3512 

  • Sherriff, J.E., Wilkinson, K.N., Harding, P., Hawkins, H., Timms, R.G.O., Adler, D.S., Beverly, E.J., Blockley, S.P.E., Gasparyan, B., Manning, C.J., Mark, D., Nahapetyan, S., Preece, K.J. (2022) Middle Pleistocene environments, landscapes and tephrostratigraphy of the Armenian Highlands: evidence from Bird Farm 1, Hrazdan Valley. Journal of Quaternary Science 37, 627. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jqs.3370.
  • Gill, J.P., Adler, D.S., Raczynski-Henk, Y., Frahm, E., Sherriff, J.E., Wilkinson, K.N., Gasparyan, b. (2022). The Techno-typological and 3D-GM Analysis of Hatis-1: a Late Acheulian Open-Air Site on the Hrazdan-Kotayk Plateau, Armenia. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology 4, 29. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41982-021-00105-5.
  • Frahm, E., Martirosyan-Olshansky, K., Sherriff, J.E., Wilkinson, K.N., Glauberman, P., Raczynski-Henk, Y., Gasparyan, B., Adler, D.S. (2021) Geochemical changes in obsidian outcrops with elevation at Hatis volcano (Armenia) and corresponding artifacts from Nor Geghi 1. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 38, 103097. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.103097.
  • Cullen, V.L., Smith, V.C., Tushabramishvili, N., Mallol, C., Dee, M., Wilkinson, K.N., Adler, D.S. (2021) A revised AMS and tephra chronology for the Late Middle to Early Upper Paleolithic occupation of Ortvale Klde, Republic of Georgia. Journal of Human Evolution 151, 102908. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2020.102908.
  • Frahm, E., Owen Jones, C., Corolla, M., Wilkinson, K.N., Sherriff, J.E., Gasparyan, N. and Adler, D.E. (2020) Comparing Lower and Middle Palaeolithic lithic procurement behaviors within the Hrazdan basin of central Armenia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 32, 102389. doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102389.
  • Glauberman, P., Gasparyan, B., Sherriff, J.E., Wilkinson, K.N., Li, B., Knul, M.V., Brittingham, A., Hren, M.T., Arakelyan, D., Raczynsky-Henk, Y., Haydosyan, H. and Adler, D.S. (2020) Barozh 12: formation processes of a late Middle Paleolithic open-air site in western Armenia. Quaternary Science Reviews 236, 106276. doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106276.
  • Brittingham, A., Hren, M.T., Hartman, G., Wilkinson, K.N., Mallol, C., Gasparyan, B. and Adler, D.S. (2019) Geochemical evidence for the control of fire by Middle Palaeolithic HomininsNature: Scientific Reports 9 (1), 15368. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-51433-0.
  • Sherriff, J. E., Wilkinson, K. N., Adler, D. S., Arakelyan, D., Beverly, E. J., Blockley, S.P.E., Gasparyan, B., Mark, D. F., Meliksetyan, K., Nahapetyan, S., Preece, K. J. and Timms, R.G.O. (2019) Pleistocene volcanism and the geomorphological record of the Hrazdan Basin, central Armenia: linking landscape dynamics and Palaeolithic occupation. Quaternary Science Reviews 226, 105994. doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.105994.
  • Bailiff, I.K., Jankowski, N., Snape, L.M., Gerrard, C.M., Gutiérrez, A. and Wilkinson, K.N. (2018) Luminescence dating of qanat technology: prospects for further developmentWater History 10, 73-84. doi.org/10.1007/s12685-018-0213-x.
  • Frahm, E., Sherriff, J., Wilkinson, K.N., Beverly, E.J., Adler, D.S. and Gasparyan, B. (2017) Ptghni: A new obsidian source in the Hrazdan River basin, Armenia. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 14, 44-64. doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.05.039.
  • Lawrence, D., Philip, G., Wilkinson, K.N., Buylaert, J.P., Murray. A.S., Thompson. W. and Wilkinson, T.J. (2017) Regional power and local ecologies: Accumulated population trends and human impacts in the northern Fertile Crescent. Quaternary International 437, 60-81. doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.06.026.
  • Frahm, E., Feinberg, J.M., Schmidt-Magee, B.A., Wilkinson, K.N., Gasparyan, B., Yeritsyan, B. and Adler, D.S. (2016) Middle Palaeolithic toolstone procurement behaviors at Lusakert Cave 1, Hrazdan Valley, Armenia. Journal of Human Evolution 91, 73-92. doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.10.008.
  • Hewlett, D., Harding, L., Munro, T., Terradillos, A. and Wilkinson, K.N. (2016) Broadly engaging with tranquillity in protected landscapes: A matter of perspective identified in GISLandscape and Urban Planning 158, 185-201. doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.11.002.
  • Bailiff, I.K., Gerrard, C.M., Gutiérrez, A., Snape-Kennedy, L.M. and Wilkinson, K.N. (2015) Luminescence dating of irrigation systems: Application to a qanat in Aragón, Spain. Quaternary Geochronology 30, 452-459. doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2015.02.016.
  • Glauberman, P., Gasparyan, B., Wilkinson, K.N., Frahm, E., Raczynski-Henk, Y., Haydosyan, H., Arakelyan, D., Karapetyan, S., Nahapetyan, S. and Adler, D.S. (2015) Introducing Barozh 12: a Middle Palaeolithic open-air site on the Edge of the Ararat Depression, Armenia. ARAMAZD: Armenian Journal of Near Eastern Studies 9 (2), 7-20.
  • Adler, D.S., Wilkinson, K.N., Blockley, S.P.E., Mark, D.F., Pinhasi, R., Schmidt-Magee, B.A, Yeritsyan, B., Nahapetyan, S., Mallol, C., Berna, F., Glauberman, P.J., Raczynski-Henk, Y., Wales, N., Cullen, V.L., Frahm, E., Jöris, O., Macloud, A., Smith, V.C. and Gasparian. B. (2014) Early Levallois Technology and the Transition from the Lower to Middle Palaeolithic in the Southern Caucasus. Science 345, 1609-1613. doi.org/10.1126/science.1256484.
  • Frahm, E., Feinberg, J.M., Schmidt-Magee, B.A., Wilkinson, K.N., Gasparyan, B., Yeritsyan, B., Karapetian, S., Meliksetian, K., Muth, M.J. and Adler, D.S. (2014) Sourcing geochemically identical obsidian: multiscalar magnetic variations in the Gutansar volcanic complex and implications for Palaeolithic research in Armenia. Journal of Archaeological Science 47, 164-178. doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2014.04.015.
  • Pinhasi, R., Meshveliani, T., Matskevich, Z., Bar-Oz, G., Weissbrod, L., Miller, C.E., Wilkinson, K.N., Lordkipanidze, D., Jakeli, N., Kvavadze, E., Higham, T.F.G. and Belfer-Cohen, A. (2014) Satsurblia: new insights of human response and survival across the Last Glacial Maximum in the Southern CaucasusPLoS ONE 9(10): e111271. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.011127.
  • Vincke, D., Miller, R., Stassart, E., Otte, M., Dardenne, P. Collins, M., Wilkinson, K.N., Stewart, J., Baeten, V., Fernández Pierna, J.A. (2014) Analysis of collagen preservation in bones recovered in archaeological contexts using NIR hyperspectral Imaging. Talanta 125, 181-188. doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2014.02.044.
  • Areshian, G.E., Gasparyan, B., Avetisyan, P.S., Pinhasi, R., Wilkinson, K.N., Smith, A., Hovsepyan, R. and Zardaryan, D. (2012) The Chalcolithic of the Near East and south-eastern Europe: discoveries and new perspectives from the cave complex Areni-1, Armenia. Antiquity 86, 115130. doi.org/10.1017/S0003598X00062499.
  • Bar-Oz, G. Weissbrod, L., Gasparian, B., Nahapetyan, S., Wilkinson, K.N. and Pinhasi, R. (2012) Taphonomy and zooarchaeology of a high-altitude Upper Pleistocene faunal sequence from Hovk-1 Cave, Armenia. Journal of Archaeological Science 39, 24522463. /doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2012.02.014.
  • Wilkinson, K.N., Gasparian, B., Pinhasi, R., Avetisyan, P., Hovsepyan, R., Zardaryan, D., Areshian, G., Bar-Oz, G. and Smith, A. (2012) Areni-1 Cave, Armenia: a ChalcolithicEarly Bronze Age settlement and ritual site in the Southern Caucasus. Journal of Field Archaeology 37, 18-31. doi.org/10.1179/0093469011Z.0000000002.
  • Pinhasi, R., Gasparian, B. Nahapetyan, S. Bar-Oz, G., Weissbrod, L., Bruch, A., Hovsepyan, R. and Wilkinson, K.N. (2011) Middle Palaeolithic human occupation of the high altitude region of Hovk-1, Armenia. Quaternary Science Reviews 30, 3846-3857. doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.09.020.
  • Llobera, M., Wilkinson, K.N., Weiss, M.-C., Flaming, R.J., Marini, N.A.F.  and Mazet, S. (2010) Into the Maquis: methodological and interpretational challenges in surveying La Balagne, Northwest Corsica. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 23, 169-196. doi.org/10.1558/jmea.v23i2.169.
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