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Leilani Lucas

Research Interests

  • Origins and Spread of Agriculture
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Archaeobotany
  • Quantitative Methods in Archaeobotany
  • Plant Domestication
  • Anthropology of Food
  • African Archaeology
  • Near Eastern Archaeology
  • Cypriot Archaeology

Research Directory Records

Other Research Projects and Collaborations

  • Cyprus, 2005-present: Principal Archaeobotanist, Archaeologist
    Archaeobotanical retrieval, processing, and analysis for multiple Prehistoric Archaeology sites in Cyprus including Pre-Pottery Neolithic ‘Ais Yiorkis (under the direction of Dr Alan Simmons), Prastion-Mesorotsos (under the direction of Dr Andrew McCarthy), and Agia Varvara-Asprokremmos (under the direction of Drs Carole McCartney and Sturt Manning), Chalcolithic Souskiou-Laona (under the direction of Dr Eddie Peltenburg), and Bronze age Kissonerga-Skalia (under the direction of Dr Lindy Crewe)
  • Southeast Asia, 2013: Archaeobotanist
    The Mission Archéologique Française au Myanmar
    Under the direction of Dr Oliver Pryce
  • Turkey, 2011: Archaeobotanist
    Çatalhöyük Research Project

    Part of the Archaeobotany Team under the direction of Drs Dorian Fuller, Amy Boogard, and Mike Charles
  • Africa, 2013: Archaeobotanist
    Sima, Ndzuwani, Comoro Islands, Under the direction of Drs Mark Horton and Henry Wright; Ngamawi, Ngazidja, Grand Comore, Comoro Islands
    Under the direction of Drs Mark Horton and Henry Wright

Educational Background

  • 2012: PhD in Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
    Dissertation: Economy and Interaction: Exploring Archaeobotanical contributions in Prehistoric Cyprus
  • 2007: MA in Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Thesis: Identification and Interpretation of Botanical Remains from Neolithic ‘Ais Yiorkis, Cyprus
  • 2002: BA in Anthropology with Distinction (Minor: Museology), University of Nevada, Reno

Lucas, L. (in press) Crops, Culture, and Contact in Prehistoric Cyprus. B.A.R. British Archaeological Reports. Archaeopress: Oxford.

Fuller, DQ, Stevens, C., Lucas, L., Murphy, C., and Qin, L. (in press) Entanglements and entrapment on the pathway towards domestication. In The Archaeology of Entanglement, eds. Lindsay Der, Francesca Fernandini, and Ian Hodder. Arizona University Press.

Larson, G., Fuller, DQ, Allaby, R., Purugganan, M., Piperno, DR., et al. (in press) The Modern View of Domestication. PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

DQ Fuller, T. Denham, M. Arroyo-Kalin, Lucas, L, C. Stevens, L. Qin, R. Allaby, and MD Purugganan. (in press) Convergent evolution and parallelism in plant domestication revealed by an expanding archaeological record. PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.2012-2014

Fuller, D. Q. and L. Lucas (2014) Archaeobotany. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (Claire Smith, Ed.). Springer, New York. pp 305-310

Lucas, L. and D. Q. Fuller (2014) Chickpea: Origins and Development. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (Claire Smith, Ed.). Springer, New York. pp 1384-1387

Lucas, L. and D. Q. Fuller (2014) Lentil: Origins and Development. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (Claire Smith, Ed.). Springer, New York. pp 4487-4490

Fuller, D. Q. and L. Lucas (2014) Wheats: Origins and Development. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (Claire Smith, Ed.). Springer, New York. pp 7812-7817

Pryce, T.O., Coupey, A-S., Kyaw, A.A., Dussubieux, L. Favereau, A., Lucas, L., Perrin, M. (2013) The Mission Archéologique Française au Myanmar: Past, present and future. Antiquity.

Lucas, L., Colledge, S., Simmons, A., and Fuller D.Q. (2012) Crop introduction and accelerated island
evolution: archaeobotanical evidence from ‘Ais Yiorkis and Pre-Pottery Neolithic Cyprus, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 117-129.

Leilani Lucas

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