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Dr Robyn J Veal

Dr Robyn J Veal

Anniversary research fellow (2012-2015) McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Research fellow and Tutor (Hughes Hall)

Archaeology, ancient and future environments, natural resource economics, ancient technology, climate change, ancient history. Humanities/science research boundaries.

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
University of Cambridge
Downing St

Cambridge , Cambridgeshire CB2 3ER


BSc (Syd), BA (Macq), BA hons (Syd), MBA (UTS), PhD (Syd). I graduated in science, business and arts, before completing my doctorate in archaeology at Sydney on the fuel economy of Pompeii. I held the Ralegh Radford Rome fellowship at the British School at Rome (Oct 2011-June 2012) and I am currently the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research Anniversary Fellow (Dec 2012-2015), at the University of Cambridge, and a Research Fellow and Tutor at Hughes Hall, Cambridge.  I am also an honorary research affiliate at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney and I work with a number of international excavation teams, mostly in Italy (but also in SE Asia and the UK) as an environmental archaeologist and economic historian.  

Research Themes

Data management and processing:
Ethics, Law and Policy:
Making Big Data Work:

Archaeology, environmental reconstruction, environmental economics, climate change, ancient history, the humanities/science boundary and the anthropocene

Research Interests

I work on modelling natural resources in the ancient world, working from the Bronze Age to the Modern era, and using this time range to examine how the past might inform the future. My specialisation is forestry resources, but I work with any organic materials (food, fuel, textiles). I combine historical sources, with archaeological data, climate and environmental data (ancient and modern), and archaeological sciences.


Data sharing ; Electron microscopy ; Bayesian methods ; Oceanography ; Science & Technology Studies ; Big Data ; Open Data ; data mining ; Study Design ; Image analysis ; Modelling ; Biological databases ; Complex Systems ; Data governance ; Databases ; Computer Systems ; Research Data Management ; Networks ; Data management ; metadata

Key Publications

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