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Joanna Ruth Walker

Joanna Ruth Walker

PhD student in Archaeology

Lucy Cavendish College
Cambridge CB3 0BU


I am interested in using geoarchaeology to reconstruct past landscapes, in order to understand how human behaviour has been affected by changes in climate and environment. I previously studied at Durham University, graduating with a MSci in Geography in 2015.



Research Interests

  • Indus Valley Civilisation
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geomorphology
  • Human-environment interactions

My research focuses on reconstructing past environments. This research has focussed on geoarchaeology, North Western India and the Indus Valley Civilisation. I am currently engaged in field projects focussing on assessing human behaviour in response to changing climatic and hydrological regimes in Indus Valley settlements.


I am presently involved in the following research projects in Archaeology:

  • 10/2016 – 2019:  Two Rains Project - Winter Rain, Summer Rain: Adaptation, Climate Change, Resilience and the Indus Civilisation.



Research Supervision

Principle Supervisor: Prof Charles French

Second Supervisor: Dr Cameron Petrie


Other Professional Activities

Member of Lucy Cavendish college


Key Publications

Ayala, G., Wainwright, J., Walker, J., Hodara, R., Lloyd, J.M., Leng, M., Doherty, C. (2017, In press) Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the alluvial landscape of Neolithic Çatalhöyük, central southern Turkey: the implications for early agriculture and responses to environmental change.  Journal of Archaeological Science.