Dr Pascal Flohr
I have studied the effects of climate change on past Middle Eastern societies by compiling information, especially radiocarbon dates, into a database
I am an archaeologist specializing in the Middle East, where I mainly focus on the interaction between people and their environment. After my PhD at the University of Reading on the use of crop stable isotopes for the reconstruction of past water availability, I have been a Post-Doctoral researcher at the same university. I have studied the effects of climate change on past Middle Eastern societies by compiling information, especially radiocarbon dates, into a database – establishing synchronicity between climate and social change is the first step before even starting to think of causality between the two. I have also been generating new climate data and am in the process of publishing the results of a speleothem record from Iraq. I have participated in excavations and experimental archaeology projects in Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, the UK, and the Netherlands.
Near East, Human-Environment Interaction, Climate, Agriculture, Neolithic
Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa, School of Archaeology, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3TGTelephone: +44 (0)1865 611662