Adrian Timpson

Academic interestsPicture_AT

  • Cultural evolutionary processes, modelling and inference
  • Inferring population structure using ancient and modern genetic data.
  • Evolutionary simulation, including agent based models, game theory, and the coalescent
  • Inferring demographic changes from Radiocarbon dates
  • Human Evolution
  • Bespoke statistical programming and analysis
  • Low template DNA forensic profiling

Role in the project

Adrian will be developing new statistical provenancing tools to investigate the source of food residues obtained from archaeological pot sherds. Within a Bayesian framework these tools will incorporate multiple compound-specific stable isotope variables, mixed modelling techniques, prior information from bone assemblages and isoscape reconstructions, in order to more accurately infer fat types and source species.

Selected publications

Timpson, A., Manning, K. and Shennan, S. Inferential mistakes in population proxies: A response to Torfing’s “Neolithic population and summed probability distribution of 14C-dates”.Journal of Archaeological Science.

Manning, K. and Timpson, A. (2014). The demographic response to Holocene climate change in the Sahara. Quaternary Science Reviews 101: 28-35.

Manning, K., Timpson, A., Colledge, S., Crema, E., Edinborough, K., Kerig, T. and Shennan, S. (2014). The chronology of culture: a comparative assessment of European Neolithic dating approaches. Antiquity 88(342): 1065-1080.

Timpson, A., Colledge, S., Crema, E., Edinborough, K., Kerig, T., Manning, K., Thomas, M.G. and Shennan, S. (2014). Reconstructing regional population fluctuations in the European Neolithic using radiocarbon dates: a new case-study using an improved method. Journal of Archaeological Science 52: 549-557.

Wilde, S., Timpson, A., Kirsanow, K., Kaiser, E., Kayser, M., Unterlander, M., Hollfelder, N., Potekhina, I.D., Schier, W., Thomas, M.G. and Burger, J. (2014). Direct evidence for positive selection of skin, hair, and eye pigmentation in Europeans during the last 5,000 y. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111(13): 4832-4837.

Shennan, S., Downey, S.S., Timpson, A., Edinborough, K., Colledge, S., Kerig, T., Manning, K. and Thomas, M.G. (2013) Regional population collapse followed initial agriculture booms in mid-Holocene Europe. Nature Communications 4:2486 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3486