Prof. John Wainwright

Geomorphology, geoarchaeology, human-environment interractions, environmental modelling

Çatalhöyük and Its Landscapes

Just out in Near Eastern Archaeology (Vol. 83.2, pp. 88-97), an update on our work at Çatalhöyük:

The paper can be found here, or email me for a copy.

It’s part of the special issue on 25 years of research at the site:

We also contributed to the paper on seasonality, led by Jesse Wolfhagen and Rena Veropoulidou:

The link for this one is here, or again send an email.




How did that get there?

New paper from Tabitha Kabora’s PhD on the development of irrigation and terrace systems in Engaruka, Tanzania.

Tabitha used agent-based modelling to estimate the time taken for terrace construction and their likely behaviour under a range of scenarios.





The paper is in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.  Free access can be obtained for 50 days from this link or alternatively, send me an email for a copy.

Laura Turnbull and I have just published a paper in Ecological Indicators looking at how ideas of hydrological and sediment connectivity can be used to understand shrub encroachment in drylands, in particular using some of our data from the Sevilleta LTER site.

You can freely download the paper from,XRNLZ2~Y until 12th January 2019 or feel free to email me for a copy.

Çatalhöyük paper published

Our reinterpretation of the palaeoenvironmental setting of Çatalhöyük in central Turkey has been published in Journal of Archaeological Science.  We found evidence for different styles of channel deposition from those previously thought, and suggestions of drier conditions.  The paper can be downloaded for free from here until 18th November 2017, or feel free to e-mail me for a pdf.

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Ayala G, J Wainwright, J Walker, R Hodara, JM Lloyd, M Leng, C Doherty 2017  ‘Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the alluvial landscape of Neolithic Çatalhöyük, central southern Turkey: the implications for early agriculture and responses to environmental change’, Journal of Archaeological Science 87, 30–43. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2017.09.002.

monitoring and modelling dynamic environments

Co-edited with Alan Dykes of Kingston University and Mark Mulligan of King’s College London, the book is a collection of papers written by former students and colleagues of Professor John Thornes, written to commemorate his untimely passing in 2008.

Further details can be found at  All royalties from the book go to the British Society for Geomorphology, Sociedad Española de Geomorfología and Water Aid.  It is officially supported by the International Association of Geomorphologists.

DRÆM paper

The paper by Ed Long on our work on developing new techniques for evaluating splash and the importance of rainfall energy in this process has been published (DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.89.032201).  Abstract below. E-mail if you’d like a copy.


PRE paper abstract

More details on the DRÆM website.