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I am currently actively involved in a number of major research projects: This is a large-scale and long-term research project to provide a generational-scale chronology for the internationally important tell at Çatalhöyük, Turkey, which has been at the heart of discussions of Neolithic lifeways for more than 50 years.
This project is being undertaken in several components.Fundamentally, the aim of my research is to rescue archaeology from the mire of fuzzy chronology to which visual inspection of calibrated radiocarbon dates consigns us, and to reclaim ‘time of the middling sort’ for our, particularly prehistoric, narratives.Archaeology is good at the long-term, indeed it has carved a niche within the academy as discipline with a long reach back into time.Archaeology is also good at the short-term, at the few hours one afternoon when a person in the past sat by a fire and knapped out a flint tool.What Bayesian statistics give us is the human time in the middle – generations, lifetimes, ‘that time that granny told me about when she was a girl’ – and the ability to create narratives of people in the past.The principal sequence through the the tell (in the South Area) is being undertaken in collaboration with Professor Ian Hodder (Stanford University, USA) and is funded by a £250,000 grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the US National Science Foundation.
A shorter, late Neolithic sequence, is being undertaken in collaboration with Professor Arkadiusz Marciniak (Poznań University, Poland), with funding from the Polish Academy of Sciences.
A new analysis of the buildings and spaces revealed by the 1960s excavations is being undertaken, using a series of unpublished, large-scale plans from the 1960s excavations which were kindly lent to the project by the excavator, Professor James Mellaart, shortly before his death.
Biological & Environmental Sciences Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Stirling Stirling Scotland, FK9 4LA tel: +44-7584 522333email: Alex Baylissweb: https:// My research focuses on the construction of precise chronologies for archaeological sites, environmental records, and aspects of material culture.
I combine disparate strands of evidence --- stratigraphy, typology, seriation, lithology, radiocarbon dates, coin dates, and many others – in formal, Bayesian statistical models.
Chronology is fundamental to our understanding of the past.
In the words of Claude Lévi-Strauss (1966, 258) in ‘there is no history without dates’.