David Orton
  • d.orton@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 7484
  • Internal: 27484
  • Room 301
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

David Orton

  • BA, MSc, PhD
  • ERC Research Associate, EUROFARM Project
  • Teaching Fellow in Zooarchaeology

Research Interests

  • The Neolithic and early Chalcolithic of the Balkans and Anatolia
  • Zooarchaeological methodology
  • Medieval/post-medieval fisheries, trade, and urbanisation
  • Integration of zooarchaeology and settlement data
  • Integration of zooarchaeology and stable isotopes
  • Bioarchaeology, historical ecology, and conservation
  • Mesolithic-Neolithic transitions in Europe

Research Directory Records


  • 2012-: The Rise of Metallurgy in Eurasia (Serbia): zooarchaeological consultant/advisor for new UCL project
  • 2012-: Central and Western Anatolian Neolithic Fauna Working Group (Turkey): invited collaborator in zooarchaeological data-pooling/compatibility exercise backed by the Alexandria Archive Institute
  • 2011-2013: Dating the disappearance of villages at the end of the Balkan Neolithic (Serbia): project partner on 14C dating project, with Thilo Rehren (UCL) and Marko Porčić (Belgrade)
  • 2011-: History of Marine Animal Populations (global): invited member of steering committee
  • 2006-: Çatalhöyük West Mound Project (Turkey): zooarchaeologist for the West Mound.

Professional History

  • 2010-12: Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Maritime Zooarchaeology, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
  • 2011-12: Working with NGOs: From Dissemination to Impact, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
  • 2008-9: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Anthropology Department, Binghamton University

Educational Background

  • 2004-2008: University of Cambridge (Darwin College): ArchaeologyPhD, Beyond hunting and herding: humans, animals, and the political economy of the Vinča period
  • 2003-2004: University of York: ZooarchaeologyMSc, passed with distinction
  • 2000-2003: University of Cambridge (King’s College): Archaeology and AnthropologyBA (hons), 1st class

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