About me

I am an archaeologist and archaeobotanist with a strong track record of research on human-environmental interactions, the development of agricultural economies, and the emergence of complex societies in lowland South and Central America.  I have extensive experience in directing and participating in a wide range of international multidisciplinary projects integrating archaeology, archaeobotany, palaeoecology, palaeoclimate, soil science, remote sensing (Lidar), ancient DNA, and modern ecology across Latin America. Recently, the work of my research group on lowland South American landscapes has documented the third global event of rice domestication in Amazonia (Nature Ecology and Evolution 2018), chartered unexplored regions of Amazonia documenting earth-building societies along its entire southern rim predicting to have reached 5 million people in pre-Columbian times (Nature Communications 2018), revealed the lasting repercussions of polyculture agroforestry on Amazonian Dark Earths (PNAS 2014, Nature Plants 2018), assessed the role of climate in cultural developments across Amazonia (Nature Ecology and Evolution 2019) as well as the human footprint on the expansion of Araucaria forests in southern Brazil (Scientific Reports 2018). During the last 15 years, I have built a strong track record of externally funded research including the ERC (PAST, FUTURES, and LASTJOURNEY), AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, National Geographic, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the British Academy, National Science Foundation (USA) and CNRS totalling about £ 5m. The results of this project have been published in more than 65 international peer-reviewed journals articles  including, Nature, Nature Communications, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Scientific Reports, Journal of Archaelogical Science, Antiquity, among others. I currently direct the University of Exeter Archaeobotany and Paleoecology Laboratory and the Centre for the Archaeology of the Americas. My research has extensive visibility in international media including BBC, National Geographic, New Scientist, Scientific American to mention a few.


Contact Details

José Iriarte
Professor of Archaeology

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 264513
Fax: +44 (0) 1392 264358
Email: J.Iriarte@exeter.ac.uk

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Department of Archaeology, College of Humanities University of Exeter
314 Laver Building, North Park Rd, Exeter, EX4 4QE, UK
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