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Department of Archaeology

 

I manage the Mapping Heritage in South Asia (MAHSA) project at the McDonald Institute.

I am also a Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and the Fitzwilliam Museum, where I curated the Gold of the Great Steppe exhibition (28th September 2021 to 30th January 2022).

 

 

Biography

  • 2016 PhD in Archaeology, University College London. Thesis title: Late Bronze to Iron Age Land use and subsistence strategies in the Semirech'ye region of Kazakhstan
  • 2007 MLitt in Middle East and Central Asia Security Studies, University of St Andrews. Thesis title: How useful is the notion of 'environmental security' to Kazakhstan? A case-study of the Ili-Balkhash Basin
  • 2004 BA in Archaeology and Anthropology University of Oxford. Thesis title: The role of archaeology in the development of the concept of the nation in Kazakhstan: a case study of archaeological material in Semirech'ye

Research

My PhD research explored the relationship between climate, subsistence strategies, and land use in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages in the Semirech'ye region of Kazakhstan through phytolith and faecal spherulite analysis. I am also interested in the political use of archaeology in modern day nation building in post-Soviet states, as well as cultural heritage management.

My previous experience in archaeological project management and building cultural heritage databases was gained during my time working for the ERC ADaPt project in Cambridge, and as Post Excavation Officer at Birmingham Archaeology, University of Birmingham. I have also worked at the Laboratory of Geoarchaeology, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
 

Key Publications

Key publications: 

2023 Berganzo-Besga, I., Orengo, HA., Lumbreras, F., Alam, A., Campbell, R., Gerrits, PJ., de Souza, JG., Khan, A., Suárez-Moreno, M., Tomaney, J., Roberts, RC. and Petrie, CA., 2023. Curriculum learning-based strategy for low-density archaeological mound detection from historical maps in India and Pakistan. Sci Rep, v. 13 http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-38190-x

2021 Roberts, R. (ed.), Samashev, Z., Toleubayev, A., Amir, S., Martinon-Torres, M, Recht, L., Chang, C. Gold of the Great Steppe. London: Paul Holberton Publishing

2019 Roberts, R., A. Haruda & A.A. Goryachev The Turgen II archaeological complex in its regional environmental context: geography, vegetation, fauna, and palaeoclimate.  История и археология Семиречья/History and Archaeology of Semirech’ye, No 6., Almaty, Kazakhstan.

2016 Stevens, C.J., C. Murphy, R. Roberts, L. Lucas, F. Silva & D.Q. Fuller. Between China and South Asia: A Middle Asian corridor of crop dispersal and agricultural innovation in the Bronze Age. The Holocene, Vol. 26, No. 10, pp.1541-1555.

(As Beardmore)

2015 Chang, C. and R. Beardmore. The Tale of a Mud Brick: Lessons from Tuzusai and De-Assembling an Iron Age site on the Talgar Alluvial Fan in South-eastern Kazakhstan. In Bonney, E. M., J.A. Johnson, K.J. Franklin, and L. Smejda (eds) Incomplete Archaeologies: Assembling Knowledge in the Past and Present. Oxford: Oxbow

2015 Doumani, P. N., M.D. Frachetti, R. Beardmore, T. Schmaus, R.N. Spengler and A. Mar'yashev. Burial Ritual, Agriculture, and Craft Production among Bronze Age Pastoralists at Tasbas (Kazakhstan), Archaeological Research in Asia, 1-2, pp.17-32.

2010 Beardmore, R., R. Cuttler, F. Al-Naimi, E. Ramsey, S. Fitch & H. Kallweit. The Qatar National Historic Environment Record: a bespoke cultural resource management tool and the wider implications for heritage management within the region. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, Vol. 40, pp. 5-17 

2008 Beardmore, R., G.L. Bonora & Zh. Kurmankulov. Preliminary Report on the 2007-2008 IAEK Campaigns in the Syrdarya Delta. East and West, 58, 1-4, pp. 385-90.

2007 Beardmore, R. Arkheologiya na sluzhbe natsionalnoy idei: na primere arkheologicheskish nakhodok v Semirech'ye (The role of archaeology in the development of the concept of the nation in Kazakhstan: a case study of archaeological material in Semirech'ye). Vestnik Evrasii, No.4 (38), pp. 91-114.

Publication

Journal articles

2024 (Accepted for publication)

  • Roberts, R., Abdul Jabbar, J., Dykes, N., Jones, H., Peszko, M., Madella, M., Orengo, H. and Petrie, C., 2024 (Accepted for publication). Historical maps as a multifaceted LOUD resource Proceedings of the Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference 2021,
  • 2023

  • Amir, S. and Roberts, RC., 2023. The Saka 'Animal Style' in Context: Material, Technology, Form and Use ARTS, v. 12
    Doi: 10.3390/arts12010023
  • Berganzo-Besga, I., Orengo, HA., Lumbreras, F., Alam, A., Campbell, R., Gerrits, PJ., de Souza, JG., Khan, A., Suárez-Moreno, M., Tomaney, J., Roberts, RC. and Petrie, CA., 2023. Curriculum learning-based strategy for low-density archaeological mound detection from historical maps in India and Pakistan. Sci Rep, v. 13
    Doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-38190-x
  • 2021 (Published online)

  • Roberts, RC., Jabbar, JA., Jones, H., Orengo, HA., Madella, M. and Petrie, CA., 2021 (Published online). Paper and pixels: historic maps as a multifaceted resource Abstracts of the ICA, v. 3
    Doi: 10.5194/ica-abs-3-250-2021
  • 2021

  • Longman, DP., Murray, A., Roberts, R., Oakley, S., Wells, JCK. and Stock, JT., 2021. Energetics as a driver of human morphological thermal adaptation; evidence from female ultra-endurance athletes. Evol Hum Sci, v. 3
    Doi: 10.1017/ehs.2021.17
  • 2019

  • Longman, DP., Macintosh Murray, A., Roberts, R., Oakley, S., Wells, JCK. and Stock, JT., 2019. Ultra-endurance athletic performance suggests that energetics drive human morphological thermal adaptation. Evol Hum Sci, v. 1
    Doi: 10.1017/ehs.2019.13
  • 2016

  • Stevens, CJ., Murphy, C., Roberts, R., Lucas, L., Silva, F. and Fuller, DQ., 2016. Between China and South Asia: A Middle Asian corridor of crop dispersal and agricultural innovation in the Bronze Age. Holocene, v. 26
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1177/0959683616650268
  • 2015

  • Doumani, PN., Frachetti, MD., Beardmore, R., Schmaus, TM., Spengler, RN. and Mar'Yashev, AN., 2015. Burial ritual, agriculture, and craft production among Bronze Age pastoralists at Tasbas (Kazakhstan) Archaeological Research in Asia, v. 1
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ara.2015.01.001
  • Books

    2021

  • Roberts, R., 2021. Gold of the Great Steppe People, Power and Production
  • Conference proceedings

    2019

  • Merzbach, V., Longman, D., Macintosh, A., Roberts, R., Stock, J., Pinto, JM., Ferrandino, M. and Gordon, D., 2019. The Isokinetic Muscular Strength Characteristics Of Ultra-endurance Runners MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, v. 51
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1249/01.mss.0000561092.95974.a9
  • Longman, DP., Macintosh, A., Roberts, R., Oakley, S., Wells, JCK. and Stock, JT., 2019. Endurance activity as a driver of morphological thermal adaptation: the energetics of ultramarathons in extreme temperatures AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, v. 168
  • Teaching and Supervisions

    Research supervision: 

     

    PhD Students:

    Saltanat Amir (KZ): Goldsmithing technologies, organic materials and funerary rituals in the Saka societies of the Eurasian Steppe Region during the Iron Age (c. 900 – 100 BCE), funded by Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarships

    Other Professional Activities

    Curator, Gold of the Great Steppe exhibition. Fitzwilliam Museum, 28th September 2021 to 30th January 2022

    Job Titles

    Project Coordinator (Arcadia MAHSA)
    Research Associate

    General Info

    Not available for consultancy
    Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
    Heritage Management
    Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies
    Archaeobotany

    Contact Details

    rcr45 [at] cam.ac.uk

    Affiliations

    Subjects: 
    Archaeological Science
    Archaeology
    Themes: 
    Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
    Heritage
    Geographical areas: 
    Central Asia
    South Asia
    Periods of interest: 
    Copper/Bronze Age
    Iron Age