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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

Collaborations

  • 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

Journal articles

  • D. Orton, 2012. ‘Herding, settlement, and chronology in the Balkan Neolithic’, European Journal of Archaeology, 15(1):5-40
  • D. Orton, 2012. ‘Taphonomy and Interpretation: an analytical framework for social zooarchaeology’, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 22(3): 253–378
  • D. Orton and 20 others, 2011. ‘Stable isotope evidence for late medieval (14th-15th C) origins of the eastern Baltic cod (Gadus morhua) fishery’, PLoS ONE, 6(11)e27568
  • J. Barrett, D. Orton, and 18 others, 2011. ‘Interpreting the expansion of sea fishing in medieval Europe using stable isotope analysis of archaeological cod bones’, Journal of Archaeological Science, 38(7):1516-1524
  • D. Orton, 2010. ‘A new tool for zooarchaeological analysis: ArcGIS skeletal templates for some common mammalian species’, Internet Archaeology, 28
  • D. Orton, 2010. ‘Both subject and object: domestication, inalienability, and sentient property in prehistory’, World Archaeology, 42(2):188-200

Book chapters

  • D. Orton, in press. ‘Secondary products and the ‘Secondary Products Revolution’’ in C. Smith (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology. Berlin: Springer
  • D. Orton, in press. ‘Biometry in zooarchaeology’ in C. Smith (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology. Berlin: Springer
  • D. Orton, in press. ‘False dichotomies? Balkan Neolithic hunting in archaeological context’ in J. Mulville and A. Powell (eds) A Walk on the Wild Side: Hunting in Farming Societies. Oxford: Oxbow
  • N. Russell, K. Twiss, D. Orton, and A. Demirergi, in press. ‘Changing Neolithic animal use at Çatalhöyük, Turkey’ in B. De Cupere and V. Linseele (eds) Archaeozoology of the Near East 10. Leuven: Peeters
  • N. Russell, K. Twiss, D. Orton, and A. Demirergi, in press. ‘More on the Çatalhöyük mammal remains’ in I. Hodder (ed.) Humans and Landscapes of Çatalhöyük: reports from the 2000-2008 seasons. LA: Cotsen
  • D. Orton and 20 others, in press. ‘Provenancing cod remains using stable isotopes: methodology’ in J. Barrett and D. Orton (eds) Cod and Consequences: the archaeology and history of medieval sea fishing. Oxford: Oxbow
  • D.Makowiecki, D. Orton, C. Johnstone, M. Richards, and J. Barrett, in press. ‘Cod and herring in medieval Poland’ in J. Barrett and D. Orton (eds) Cod and Consequences: the archaeology and history of medieval sea fishing. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • P. Biehl, I. Franz, S. Ostaptchouk, D. Orton, J. Rogasch, and E. Rosenstock, 2012. ‘One community and two tells: the phenomenon of relocating tell settlements at the turn of the 7th and 6th millennia in Central Anatolia’ in R. Hofmann, F.-K. Moetz, and J. Müller (eds) Tells: social and environmental space. pp. 53-65. Bonn: Verlag Dr. Rudolf Habelt.
  • D. Orton, 2007. ‘A local barrow for local people? The Ferry Fryston cattle in context’ in B. Croxford, N. Ray, R. Roth and N. White (eds) TRAC 2006: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Cambridge 2006. pp. 77-91. Oxford: Oxbow

Reports

  • D. Orton, 2012. ‘West Mound Animal Bones - Trench 5’, Çatalhöyük Archive Report 2011
  • D. Orton, 2011. ‘Animal bones report - Trench 5’, Çatalhöyük Archive Report 2010
  • N. Russell , K. Twiss, D. Orton, and K. Pawłowska, 2010. ‘Çatalhöyük Animal Bones 2009’, Çatalhöyük Archive Report 2009
  • A. Bates, G. Jones, and D. Orton, 2008. ‘Animal Bone from the Ferry Fryston Chariot Burial’ in F. Brown et al. (eds) Archaeology of the A1 (M) Darrington to Dishforth DBFO Road Scheme. pp. 148-150. Lancaster: OAN
  • D. Orton, 2008. ‘West Mound Trenches 5 and 7’ in N. Russell and K. Twiss ‘Çatalhöyük Animal Bones 2008’, Çatalhöyük Archive Report 2008
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