Ryan Rabett

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    United Kingdom

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Southeast Asian prehistory Palaeolithic Archaeology Early human adaptation and dispersal Zooarchaeology Biodiversity, conservation and prehistory World Heritage Refugia

20022019

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Research Interests

Southeast Asia (Upper Pleistocene to Mid-Holocene)

Palaeolithic archaeology (Asia, North Africa, North America, Europe)

Human colonization & adaptation

Zooarchaeology

Human evolution

UNESCO World Heritage

 

My research explores the process of hominin adaptation and dispersal into different Late Quaternary environments. My research goals are two-fold: firstly, to better understand these localised trajectories of early human behaviour; but also, secondly, to find ways of melding principles of Pleistocene adaptation (often forged under capricious conditions) into contemporary economic models and responses. The ultimate aim being: to enhance modern adaptive capacities to abrupt shifts in environment as much as to better understand the ways our ancestors responded in the past. With these ambitions, as a Palaeolithic archaeologist and zooarchaeologist, I’m currently leading (PI) research projects in three regions of the world: Southeast Asia, North America and the Mediterranean. 

Teaching

Senior Lecturer in Human Palaeoecology

I am currently on extended Research Leave, but am still supervising new undergradauate and post graduate students.

 

 

Module Co-ordinator (2016-17)

GAP1001 Ancient Humans & Landscapes

GAP3082 Palaeolithic Pioneers: Adaptation & Colonization in Global Perspective

Contributions to:

GAP3072 Human Evolution

GAP1013 Introduction to World Archaeology

 

Module Co-ordinator (2015-16)

GAP3082 Palaeolithic Pioneers: Adaptation & Colonization in Global Perspective

Contributions to:

GAP3072 Human Evolution

GAP1013 Introduction to World Archaeology

 

Achievements

UNESCO World Heritage:

During 2012-14 I was part of the executive committee responsible for preparing the Vietnamese State Party’s nomination dossier for the Tràng An Landscape Complex; a nomination that was ultimately inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a mixed property (cultural and natural) in June 2014 – http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1438/

https://www.academia.edu/7660820/23rd_June_2014_-_World_Heritage_inscription_for_the_Tr%C3%A0ng_An_Landscape_Complex

 

Since 2014, I have also become actively involved with the UNESCO Human Evolution: adaptions, dispersals and social developments (HEADS) thematic programme, which is seeking greater representation and conservation of properties on the World Heritage List relating to human evolution and its relevance to us today.

Research Statement

Current research projects (see Activities):

2016-2019      SUNDASIA: Human Adaptation to Coastal Evolution: Late Quaternary evidence from Southeast Asia (Ninh Binh province, Vietnam)

Funding: AHRC AH/N005902/1 / Xuan Truong Enterprise. Project website: https://sundasia.com/

 

2007-2014       Tràng An Archaeological Project (Ninh Binh province, Vietnam); 

2011-2015       Northeast Algonquin Palaeo-Lake Environmental Assessment (Ontario, Canada);  

2013-               Pleistocene Kefalonia Project (Ionian Islands, Greece)

Current collaborative research:

2008-               The Cyrenaica Prehistory Project, Libya (zooarchaeologist) http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/research/projects/haua-fteah-project

Past research:

2011                Living on the Edge: archaeological survey of shell middens on five islands in Sligo Bay, Ireland (zooarchaeologist) – Queen’s University, Belfast;

2010                Callao Cave project, Philippines (zooarchaeologist) – University of the Philippines;

2006-08           Regionalism in the Development of Modern Human Behaviour (PI) – University of Cambridge;

2003-05           The Niah Caves Project, Borneo (zooarchaeologist) – University of Leicester and University of Cambridge

http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/rainforest-foraging-and-farming-in-island-southeast-asia.html

Particulars

Professional affiliations:    

Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (http://ippa.weblogs.anu.edu.au/)

Canadian Archaeological Association (https://canadianarchaeology.com/)

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London UK (http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm)

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) (http://www.icomos.org/en/)

UNESCO Human Evolution: adaptions, dispersals and social developments (HEADS) (http://whc.unesco.org/en/heads/)

Past Global Changes (PAGES) network (http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm)

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Projects

Research Output

A Multi-Proxy Reconstruction of Environmental Change in the Vicinity of the North Bay Outlet of Pro-Glacial Lake Algonquin

Pyne-O'Donnell, S., Crowhurst, S., Mulligan, R., Stevens, R., Fiacconi, M., Beresford-Jones, D. & Karrow, P., 15 Nov 2019, In : Open Quaternary. 5, 12, 27 p.

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    An 11 000-year-old giant muntjac subfossil from Northern Vietnam: implications for past and present populations

    Stimpson, C. M., Utting, B., O'Donnell, S., Huong, N. T. M., Kahlert, T., Manh, B. V., Khanh, P. S. & Rabett, R. J., 13 Mar 2019, In : Royal Society Open Science. 6, 3, 18 p., 181461.

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    The success of failed Homo sapiens dispersals out of Africa and into Asia

    Rabett, R. J., 18 Jan 2018, In : Nature: Ecology and Evolution. 2, p. 212-219 8 p.

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  • 15 Citations (Scopus)
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    Prizes

    ASEASUK Research Committee on Southeast Asian Studies: £3690

    Rabett, Ryan (Recipient), 2008

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  • British Academy Committee on Southeast Asian Studies: £2500

    Rabett, Ryan (Recipient), 2002

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  • D.M. McDonald Grants and Awards Fund: £35,193

    Rabett, Ryan (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Evans Fund Award: £8000

    Rabett, Ryan (Recipient), 2002

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  • Activities

    • 5 PhD external examination