Chris Stevens

Research Interests

  • Archaeobotanical analysis, sampling and processing
  • Environmental archaeology
  • Agricultural eco-systems
  • Domestication processes

Research Directory Records


  • Collaborations on a large number of national and international projects within Europe (Britain, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, Belgium and Italy), Northern Africa (Amarna Egypt) and the Near East (Jerablus Tahani, Syria), as an archaeobotanist and general environmental archaeologist.
  • Provision of guidance to archaeobotanical PhD students working in Japan, across Europe, and India.
  • Identification of waterlogged material from the site at Haimenkou in Yunnan, China.

Educational Background

  • 1996: PhD Archaeology (Kings College, Cambridge)
    Thesis title: Iron Age and Roman Agriculture in the Upper Thames Valley: Archaeobotanical and Social Perspectives
  • 1990: BSc Archaeology (Hons) (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

Authored and edited volumes

  • Powell, A. B., Barclay, A., Mepham, L. and C. J. Stevens (Eds) (Forthcoming). Landscape History: the development of communities in the Colne Valley. Imperial College Sports Ground and RMC Land , Harlington. Salisbury: Wessex Archaeology.
  • Stevens, C. J., Nixon, S., Murray, M. A., and D. Q Fuller. (Eds). (in press for 2013). The Archaeology of African Plant Use: Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop of African Archaeobotany. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
  • Andrews, P., Mepham, L., Schuster, J. and C. J. Stevens (2011). Settling the Ebbsfleet Valley: HS1 excavations at Springhead and Northfleet, Kent – the late Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and medieval landscape Vol. 4: Post-Roman finds and environmental reports. Oxford/Salisbury: Oxford/Wessex Archaeology.
  • Barnett, C., McKinley J. I., Stafford, E., Grimm, J. M. and C. J. Stevens (2011). Settling the Ebbsfleet Valley High Speed 1 Excavations at Springhead and Northfleet, Kent The Late Iron Age, Roman, Saxon, and Medieval Landscape. Oxford/Salisbury: Oxford/Wessex Archaeology.
  • Wright, J., Seager Smith, R.. Stevens C. J and M. Leivers (2009). Cambourne New Settlement: Iron Age and Romano-British Settlement on the Clay Uplands of West Cambridgeshire. Salisbury: Wessex Archaeology
  • Wilkinson, K.N. and C. J. Stevens (2003). Environmental archaeology: approaches, techniques and applications. Tempus: Stroud. (Revised edition published 2008).

Journal articles and book chapters

  • Stevens, C.J. and D. Q Fuller (2012). Did Neolithic farming fail? The case for a Bronze Age agricultural revolution in the British Isles, Antiquity 86 (333), 707-722
  • Miller, R., Zwyns, N., Otte, M., Stevens, C. J. and J. Stewart (2012). La séquence mésolithique et néolithique du Trou Al’Wesse (Belgique): résultats pluridisciplinaires: The Mesolithic and Neolithic sequence at Trou Al’Wesse (Belgium): Multidisciplinary results. L’Anthropologie (2012), doi:10.1016/j.anthro.2012.03.004.
  • Barclay, A.J., Stevens, C. J. and S.F. Wyles (2011). An Early Bronze age field System From Monkton Road, Minster, Thanet, and an Early Date for the Cultivation of Spelt. PAST 69, 2-3.
  • Fuller, D. Q, Allaby, R. G. and C. J. Stevens (2010). Domestication as innovation: the entanglement of techniques, technology and chance in the domestication of cereal crops. World Archaeology 42(1): 13-28.
  • Fuller, D. Q and C. J. Stevens (2009). Agriculture and the development of complex societies. In A. Fairbairn & Ehud Weiss (eds). From Foragers to Farmers. Papers in Honour of Gordon C. Hillman, pp. 37-57. Oxbow Books, Oxford.
  • Schuster, J. and C. J. Stevens, (2009). A medieval type of Grubenhaus bakery/kitchen from Kent, in Freeden, U. von, Friesinger, H. and Wamers, E. (eds), Glaube, Kult und Herrschaft. Phänomene des Religiösen im 1. Jahrtausend n. Chr. in Mittel- und Nordeuropa, Kolloquien zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte 12. Bonn: Habelt, 511–5.
  • Stevens, C.J. (2007). Reconsidering the evidence: Towards an understanding of the social contexts of subsistence production in Neolithic Britain. In Colledge, S. and Conolly, J. (eds.) The origin and spread of domestic plants in Southwest Asia and Europe, pp. 375-389. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press
  • Stevens, C.J. (2007). Lentils and climatic indicators? The Archaeologist 66, 46.
  • Allen, M. J., Chisham, C. and C. J. Stevens (2006). Environmental Archaeology in the Commercial Sector- Ethos and Practice. The Archaeologist, 59, 18-19.
  • Stevens, C.J. (2003). An Investigation of Agricultural Consumption and Production Models for Prehistoric and Roman Britain, Environmental Archaeology 8 (1), 61-76.
  • Stevens, C.J. (1997). Is academic archaeological writing boring?, maybe, uninteresting, never, Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 14:2, 127-140.
  • Fuller, D. Q., Stevens, C. J. and M. McClatchie, (in press). Routine activities, tertiary refuse and labor organization: social inferences from everday archaeobotany, In Madella, M. and Savard, M. (eds.) Ancient Plants and People. Contemporary Trends in Archaeobotany. Tucson: University of Arizona Press
  • Stevens, C. J. (in press). Inter-site variation within archaeobotanical charred assemblages: A case study exploring the social organization of agricultural husbandry in Iron age and Roman Britain, In Marston, J. M, J. d’Alpoim Guedes, and C. Warinner (Eds). Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany, Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
  • Stevens, C. J. and Wyles, S. F. (forthcoming). Environmental Overview. In Powell, A. B. and A. J. Barclay (Eds), Between and Beyond the Monuments: prehistoric activity on the downlands south-east of Amesbury. Wessex Archaeology. Salisbury: Wessex Archaeology Report.


Details of Site Reports (site and regional synthesis), Archaeobotanical and Radiocarbon reports available on request.

Chris Stevens

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