My past work at UCL was as a research scientist in human genetics. The work led to publication of c.150 scientific papers. On retirement I qualified in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology (IoA) and the majority of my studies focused on the analyses of faunal and human bone assemblages from a diversity of sites in the Southern Levant and Lebanon. This has involved analysing data used to explore settlement and mobility patterns, hunting practice and early animal management. More than 20 papers have been published, two of these are very recent and describe faunal and human data from an Epipalaeolithic north Lebanon site. I have also worked on assemblages from other areas including Noviodunum, Boncuklu, Anatolia and Tell Nebi Mend, where my focus was on avian assemblages.
My interest focuses on ancient animal remains both on assemblages from abroad and more recently on relatively local archaeological sites. Our local team work involves excavation at numerous sites from a Bronze Age Burnt Mound, a medieval manor and a Late Bronze Age hillfort. During 2017/2018 CVAHS has been excavating on a medieval ringwork at Chalkdell Wood, Frith Hill (BCC record ID 0207200000). A number of IoA students occasionally take part in these activities. I am also on the Council meetings for the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society.
I continue to interact with various colleagues at the Institute including Louise Martin and Andrew Garrard. Norah Moloney, Angeliki Theodoropoulou and Michael Charlton were also very helpful reporting on the materials associated with our recent Missenden Abbey volume. Other members of the Institute are also very helpful.
Selected recent publications
- Edwards Y.H. Ayn Qasiyya: Animals, birds and water. In Richter T. & Maher L. (eds) A Palaeolandscape Perspective on the Prehistory of the Azraq Basin, Jordan: The Epipalaeolithic Foragers in Azraq Project 2005-2015. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.
- Garrard A., Edwards Y., Stock J., and Yazbeck C. (2018). Epipalaeolithic and Pre-Pottery Neolithic burials from the north Lebanese highlands in their regional context. Levant: doi:10.1080/00758914.2018.1491686
- Edwards Y., Garrard A. and Yazbeck C. (2017). Hunting and trapping strategies in the coastal mountains of northern Lebanon during the Epipalaeolithic. Levant. DOI: 10.1080/00758914.2017.1408217
- Martin, L., Edwards, Y.H., Roe, J., Garrard, A. (2016). Faunal turnover in the Azraq Basin, eastern Jordan 28,000 to 9000 cal yr BP, signaling climate change and human impact. Quaternary Research 86 (2), 200-219. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2016.07.001
- Martin L & Edwards Y.H. (2013). Diverse Strategies: Evaluating the appearance and spread of domestic caprines in the southern Levant p.49-82 in The Origins and Spread of Domestic Animals in Southwest Asia and Europe. Colledge S., Conolly J., Dobney K., Manning K. & Shennan S. (Eds) Left Coast Press Inc.
- Martin L., Edwards Y.H. & Garrard A. (2013). Broad spectrum or specialized activity? Birds and tortoises at the Epipalaeolithic site of Wadi Jilat 22 in the eastern Jordan steppe. Antiquity 87 649-665.
- Edwards Y. H & Martin L. (2013). Animal Bones and Archaeozoological analysis. p321-350 in Wadi Hammeh 27, an Early Natufian Settlement at Pella in Jordan Edwards P.C. (Ed) Brill
- Phillip C. Edwards, Fanny Bocquentin, Sue Colledge, Yvonne Edwards, Gaëlle Le Dosseur, Louise Martin, Zvonkica Stanin and John Webb (2010). Wadi Hammeh 27: an open-air 'base-camp' on the fringe of the Natufian 'homeland' in Bar-Yosef & Valla F. (eds) Natufian Culture in the Levant 2, International Monographs in Prehistory Ann Arbor p319-348
- Edwards Y H, Alison Weisskopf and Derek Hamilton (2010). Age, taphonomic history and mode of deposition of human skulls in the river Thames. LAMAS p35-51
- Edwards Y H, Paton A, Wells M, Gover J, Birbeck V (2010). Chesham Bois Manor, Home to the Cheyne Family for 350 years Historical and Archaeological Investigation. Records of Buckinghamshire 50, p53-82.
- Martin, L., Edwards, Y H. and Garrard, A. (2010). Hunting at an eastern Jordanian Epipalaeolithic "Megasite": the faunal remains from Kharaneh IV. Levant 42/2 107-135.
- Edwards Y H (2008). Excavation of an earthwork in Common Wood Penn and Discovery of a Romano-British Settlement. Records of Buckinghamshire 48, 37-55
- Edwards,Y H., Martin, L.A. (2008). Fauna from the Natufian and PPNA Cave Site of Iraq ed-Dubb in Highland Jordan. Paléorient 33(1), 143-174. ISSN: 0513-9345
- Edwards Y and Martin L (2007). The Micro-Faunal Remains. in The Early Prehistory of Wadi Faynan, Southern Jordan: Archaeological Survey of Wadis Faynan, Ghuwayr and Al Bustan and Evaluation of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A Site of WF16. B. Finlayson B, and S. Mithen (eds.) Levant Supplementary Series 4. ISBN 184217-212-3