Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992
    BSc in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology, University of Calgary, Canada

  • 1996
    MPhil in Archaeology (First Class with Distinction), University of Cambridge

  • 2002
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Calgary Institute for the Humanities, University of Calgary (declined)

  • 2002 – 2004
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Cognitive Archaeology, The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge

  • 2005
    Fyssen Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, UMR 7055, Laboratoire de Préhistoire et Technologie, Maison de l'Archéologie et de l'Ethnologie, Université de Paris X and CNRS, Nanterre

  • 2006 – 2008
    Research Fellow, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge

  • Since 2008
    Senior Research Fellow, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

  • Since 2010
    Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford

  • Since 2010
    Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture

Selected publications

  • Boivin, N., Fuller, D.Q., Dennell, R., Allaby, R. & Petraglia, D. 2013. Human dispersal across diverse environments of Asia during the Upper Pleistocene. Quaternary International 300: 32-47.

  • Boivin, N., Fuller, D. & Crowther, A. 2012. Old World globalization and the Columbian Exchange: Comparison and contrast. World Archaeology 44(3): 452-69.

  • Fuller, D.Q., Boivin, N., Hoogervorst, T. & Allaby, R. 2011. Across the Indian Ocean: The prehistoric movement of plants and animals. Antiquity 85: 544-558.

  • Petraglia, M.D., Haslam, M., Fuller, D.Q. & Boivin, N. 2010. The southern dispersal route and the spread of modern humans along the Indian Ocean rim: New hypotheses and evidence. Annals of Human Biology 37(3): 288-311.

  • Boivin, N. & Fuller, D.Q. 2009. Shell middens, ships and seeds: Exploring coastal subsistence, maritime trade and the dispersal of domesticates in and around the ancient Arabian peninsula. Journal of World Prehistory 22: 113-180.

  • Fuller, D.Q & Boivin, N. 2009. Crops, cattle and commensals across the Indian Ocean: Current and potential archaeobiological evidence. In Etudes Océan Indien n° 42/43: Plantes et Sociétés. Paris : Centre d?Études et de Recherche sur L? Océan Indien Occidental (CEROI).

  • Petraglia, M.D., Clarkson, C., Boivin, N., Haslam, M., Korisettar, R., Chaubey, G., Ditchfield, P., Fuller, D., James, H., Jones, S., Kivisild, T., Koshy, J., Lahr, M.M., Metspalu, M., Roberts, R. & Arnold, L. 2009. Population increase and environmental deterioration correspond with microlithic innovations in South Asia ca. 35,000 years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: 12261-12266.

  • Boivin, N. 2008. Material Cultures, Material Minds: The Role of Things in Human Thought, Society and Evolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Boivin, N. 2007. Anthropological, historical, archaeological and genetic perspectives on the origins of caste in south Asia. In The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia, eds. M. Petraglia & B. Allchin. New York: Springer, pp. 341-361.

  • Petraglia, M., Korisettar, R., Boivin, N., Clarkson, C., Ditchfield, P., Jones, S., Koshy, J., Mirazón Lahr, M., Oppenheimer, C., Pyle, D., Roberts, R., Schwenninger, J-L., Arnold, L. & White, K. 2007. Middle Palaeolithic assemblages from the Indian subcontinent before and after the Toba super-eruption. Science 317 (5834): 114-116.

  • Boivin, N. & Owoc, M. (eds.) 2004. Soils, Stones and Symbols: Cultural Perceptions of the Mineral World. London: University College London Press.

Complete list of publications

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