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Dr Toby C Wilkinson

Dr Toby C Wilkinson

Junior Research Fellow, Churchill College

Fellow in Archaeology of Eurasia and Ancient Near East, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3ER


Trained in archaeology and anthropology at Oxford and UCL, completed doctoral research at the University of Sheffield; spent considerable time working as researcher in Turkey, at the British Institute at Ankara; Koç University’s Research Centre for Anatolian Civilizations; Istanbul University’s Department of Protohistory.

Important note: I am not Toby A. H. Wilkinson, an Egyptologist who used to be based at the University of Cambridge but has now moved elsewhere.

Research Interests

Visualization (especially map-based/GIS and remote-sensing) and digital archaeology (incl. ‘open science’ approaches);  intensive and remote survey techniques;   theory and modelling of ancient travel and effects of seasonality;   long-term history of exchange (ancient economy), especially of the Near East;   socio-technological change and cross-craft interaction;   ancient technology (especially textiles and metallurgy);   the archaeology of Eurasia in the 5th to 2nd millennia BC, including Anatolia, Transcaucasia, Iran and Central Asia and adjacent regions;   anthropological history of vision, art, aesthetics and photography.

I specialise in Near Eastern and central Eurasian protohistory/late prehistory and computational/GIS analysis. My doctoral research used spatial modelling of travel routes to examine trade patterns during the 3rd millennium BC. My current research uses digital mapping to examine the role of innovations in technology and consumption patterns in the transformation of 5th and 4th millennium BC societies.

I am currently engaged in a landscape survey project on the Milesian peninsula, modern Turkey, focussing on the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC and using ‘born-digital’ data collection and ‘open-data’ management approaches.

Other Professional Activities

Member of Churchill College

Member of the British Institute at Ankara

Fellow of the British Institute of Persian Studies


  • Material Culture
  • Prehistory
  • Migration and Mobility
  • The Near East
  • Metallurgy
  • Urbanism
  • GIS
  • Archaeology
  • Landscape

Key Publications

T. C. Wilkinson (2018) Cloth and Currency: On the Ritual-Economics of Eurasian Textile Circulation and the ‘Origins’ of Trade, Fifth to Second millennia BC, in K. Kristiansen, T. Lindkvist, J. Myrdal (eds.) Trade and Civilization: Economic Networks and Cultural Ties, from Prehistory to the Modern Era. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Slawisch, A. and T. C. Wilkinson (2018) Processions, Propaganda and Pixels: Reconstructing the ‘Sacred Way’ between Miletos and Didyma. American Journal of Archaeology 122.1: pp. 101–143. [link to OA pdf: doi:10.3764/aja.122.1.0101 ]

Strupler, N. and T. C. Wilkinson (2017) Reproducibility in the field: transparency, version control and collaboration on the Project Panormos Survey. Open Archaeology 3: 279–304. [link to OA pdf: doi:10.1515/opar-2017-0019]

Glatz, C., Düring, B. and Wilkinson, T. C. (2015) Developing an Adaptive Field Methodology for Challenging Landscapes. In B. Düring and C. Glatz (eds.). Kinetic Landscapes: The Cide Archaeological Project 2009-2011 – Surveying the Western Turkish Black Sea Region. Warsaw: De Gruyter Open: 53-103. 

Galanakis, Y., Wilkinson, T. and Bennet, J. (eds.) (2014) ΑΘΥΡΜΑΤΑ (athyrmata). Critical Essays on the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean in Honour of E. Susan Sherratt. Archaeopress Archaeology. Oxford, Archaeopress.

Wilkinson, T. C. (2014) Tying the Threads of Eurasia: Trans-regional Routes and Material Flows in Transcaucasia, eastern Anatolia and western Central Asia, c. 3000-1500BC. Leiden, Sidestone Press. [link to publisher description, read online]

Wilkinson, T.C. (2014) The Early Transcaucasian phenomenon in structural-systemic perspective: cuisine, craft and economyPaléorient 40.2: 203-229. [link to pdf: ]

Wilkinson, T. C., Sherratt, S. and Bennet, J. eds. (2011). Interweaving Worlds: Systemic Interactions in Eurasia, 7th to 1st millennia BC. Oxford, Oxbow.

Other Publications

For most up-to-date full publication list, see: