Associate Professor Andrew Fairbairn

ARC Future Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
a.fairbairn@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52780

Overview

I research ancient agriculture, plant use and human environmental impact in Turkey, Italy (Pompeii) and Australasia via the analysis of archaeological plant remains (seeds, fruits leaves etc)

I started my archaeological career in 1988, working on the excavation of Blawearie Cairn in my native Northumberland (UK). I studies at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL (London) gaining BSc Archaeology (1991), MSc Bio and Geoarchaeology (1992) and PhD (2001), specialising in the study of plant macrofossil remains, such as seeds, fruits, leaves and wood, from archaeological sites to reconstruct past environments and economic practices. I also developed a large consulting portfolio, working as an environmental archaeologist for the Museum of London Archaeology Service (1993-1994) and UCL Geoarchaeology Unit (1992-1993) and as an independent contractor (1994-2001). From 1999-2001 I worked as a research assistant for the Catalhoyuk Research Project, based at Cambridge University and during that time moved to Australia. From 2001 - 2004 I worked at The Australian National University in Canberra as a research assistant to the Engendering Roman Spaces Project and then received a research fellowship at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. I moved to UQ in January 2006. My research interests are currently focused on the origins of agriculture in Central Anatolia (Turkey) and the later development of the region's state economies. I also work in Australasia where I have been developing plant macrofossil techniques to disentangle ancient tree-fruit use and the development of food production in Papua New Guinea.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, University of London
  • Master of Science, University of London
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of London

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Sobotkova, Adela, Ross, Shawn A., Ballsun-Stanton, Brian, Fairbairn, Andrew, Thompson, Jessica and Van Valkenburgh, Parker (2016). Measure twice, cut once: cooperative deployment of a generalized, archaeology-specific field data collection system. In Erin Walcek Averett, Jody Michael Gordon and Derek B. Counts (Ed.), Mobilizing the past for a digital future: the potential of digital archaeology (pp. 337-371) Grand Forks, ND, United States: Digital Press at The University of North Dakota.

  • Atici, Levent, Kulakoğlu, Fikri, Barjamovic, Gojko and Fairbairn, Andrew (2014). Introduction: integrating current research at Kultepe-Kanesh. In Levent Atici, Fikri Kulakoğlu, Gojko Barjamovic and Andrew Fairbairn (Ed.), Current Research at Kültepe/Kanesh: An Interdisciplinary and Integrative Approach to Trade Networks, Internationalism, and Identity (pp. 1-4) Atlanta, GA, USA: Lockwood Press.

  • Fairbairn, Andrew S. (2014). Plant processing technologies in archaeology. In Claire Smith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (pp. 5973-5978) New York, NY, United States: Springer.

  • Fairbairn, Andrew (2014). Preliminary archaeobotanical investigations of plant production, consumption, and trade at middle bronze age Kultepe-Kanesh. In Levent Atici, Fikri Kulakoğlu, Gojko Barjamovic and Andrew Fairbairn (Ed.), Current Research at Kültepe/Kanesh: An Interdisciplinary and Integrative Approach to Trade Networks, Internationalism, and Identity (pp. 177-193) Atlanta, GA, USA: Lockwood Press.

  • Baird, Douglas, Fairbairn, Andrew, Martin, Louise and Middleton, Caroline (2012). The Boncuklu project: the origins of sedentism, cultivation and herding in central Anatolia. In Mehmet Özdoğan, Nezih Başgelen and Peter Kuniholm (Ed.), The neolithic in Turkey: new excavations and new research-central Turkey (pp. 219-244) Istanbul, Turkey: Archaeology & Art Publications.

  • Asouti, Eleni and Fairbairn, Andrew S. (2010). Farmers, gatherers or horticulturalists? Reconstructing landscapes of practice in the Early Neolithic. In B. Finlayson and G. Warren (Ed.), Landscapes in transition (pp. 161-172) Oxford, U.K.: Oxbow Books.

  • Fairbairn, Andrew S. (2008). Beyond Economy: Seed Analysis in Landscape Archaeology. In Bruno David and Julian Thomas (Ed.), Handbook of landscape archaeology (pp. 442-450) Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press.

  • Fairbairn, A. S. (2006). Seasonality. In Ian Hodder (Ed.), Çatalhöyük perspectives : reports from the 1995-99 seasons 1 ed. (pp. 93-108) London/ Cambridge, UK: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, British Institute at Ankara.

  • Fairbairn, Andrew, Near, Julie and Martinoli, Daniele (2005). Macrobotanical investigations of the North, South and KOPAL areas at Catalhoyuk. In Ian Hodder (Ed.), Inhabiting Catalhoyuk: Reports from the 1995-1999 seasons (pp. 137-201) Cambridge, England, U.K.: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

  • Keeley, H., Allison, E., Branch, N., Cameron, N., Dobinson, S., Ellis, I., Ellison, P., Fairbairn, Andrew S., Green, C., Hunter, R., Lee, J., Locker, A., Lowe, J., Palmer, A., Robinson, E., Stewart, J. and Wilkinson, K. (2004). The environmental evidence. In Peter Clark (Ed.), The Dover bronze age boat (pp. 229-249) Swindon, U.K.: English Heritage.

  • Asouti, E. and Fairbairn, Andrew S (2002). Subsistence economy in Central Anatolia during the Neolithic: the archaeobotanical evidence. In Gerard, Frederic and Thissen, Laurens (Ed.), The Neolithic of Central Anatolia, internal developments and external relations during the 9th-6th millennia cal BC (pp. x-x) İstanbul: Ege Yayınları.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Fairbairn, Andrew, Wright, Nathan, Smith, Stephanie, Mantei, Reiner and Carah, Xavier (2008). The Online Seed Atlas Database. In: Australian Archaeology. Australian Archaeological Association, Annual Conference, Noosa, Australia, (). 3-6 December, 2008.

  • Fairbairn, Andrew, O'Connor, Sue, Barham, Tony and Alpin, Ken (2008). The archaeobotany of Taora, a mid-Holocene coastal rockshelter, Sandaun Province, PNG. In: Australian Archaeology. Australian Archaeological Association, Annual Conference, Noosa, Australia, (). 3-6 December, 2008.

Edited Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision