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Department of Archaeology



  • 2016-2019: ERC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, TwoRains project.
  • 2016: Researcher, ARC Discovery project: The Peopling of Ancient Australia.
  • 2015-2016: Researcher, ARC project: Resource security trade and the development of urbanism in the pre-Classical world.
  • 2010-2015: PhD. (Archaeology), School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.
  • 2005-2008: MSc. (Archaeometry), Department of Archaeometry, Middle East Technical University.
  • 2000-2005: BSc. (Biology), Department of Biological Science, Middle East Technical University.



I am an archaeobotanist specialising in analysis of charred plant macro fossils and stable isotope analysis of plant materials. My research interest is understanding relationship between environmental changes in marginal environments and human adaptation to these changes. I am also interested in how agricultural management practices changes under different environmental conditions. My research is currently focused on Turkey and India. I also work in Australia and various parts of Europe. 

I am presently involved in the following research project in:



Key publications: 
[1] Fairbairn, S.F., Wright, N.J., Üstünkaya, M.C.  and Fenwick, R.S.H. 2016 Preliminary archaeobotanical results from Early Bronze Age III occupation at Kaman-Kalehöyük. Anatolian Archaeological Studies (Accepted).
[2] Wright, N.J., Fairbairn, A.S., Faith, T.J. and Üstünkaya, M.C.  2016 Explaining changing patterns of wood presence across the Bronze and Iron Age at Kaman-Kalehöyük, central Anatolia. Quaternary International, DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.11.121.


Job Titles

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Downing Street