Alison Weisskopf
  • a.weisskopf@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4742
  • Internal: 24742
  • Room 313B
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Alison Weisskopf

Research Interests

  • Archaeobotany; specialising in phytolith research with focus on the development of agricultural systems: data analysis in phytolith research
  • Environmental archaeology, food pathways, ethnobotany, economic botany
  • Asian Archaeology
  • Diatom analysis

Research Directory

Academic Affiliations

  • Association for Environmental Archaeology
  • International Society for Phytolith Research
  • Society for East Asian Archaeology
  • Society of Ethnobiology
  • Society for Economic Botany
  • Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology


  • Phytolith analyst for the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics at Xipo, China: Dr Li Xinwei, Dr Ma Xaolin
  • Phytolith analyst for the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and La Trobe University at Huizui: Professor Xingcan Chen, Professor Li Liu
  • Phytolith analyst for the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Erlitou and the Erlitou Survey: Professor Xu Hong
  • Phytolith analyst for Peking University at Baligang, China: Dr Qin Ling, Dorian Fuller
  • Phytolith and archaeobotanical analyst for the Bellary District Archaeological Project at Sanganakallu, India: Dorian Fuller
  • Phytolith analyst at Lihou, Guernsey: Tim Schadla-Hall
  • Phytolith analyst in collaboration with Professor Arlene Rosen for the Samara Valley Project at Krasnoe Smarskoe, Russia: Professor David Anthony

Educational Background

  • PhD, University College London (Awarded 2010)Thesis title: Vegetation, agriculture and social change in Neolithic north central China, a phytolith study
  • MSc Palaeoecology of Human Societies, University College London (Distinction, 2005)Thesis title: An investigation of the Neolithic ash mound and settlement at Sanganakallu in the south Deccan, India, using phytoliths and macro-archaeobotanical material
  • BSc Archaeology (Hons), University College London (2003)Dissertation title: A study of the phytoliths from the late Bronze Age site of Krasnoe Smarskoe, Samara Valley, Russia, and the information they provide on agro pastoral economies and environments

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