Short CV/Education and training


  • 1974 – 1977
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Combined Honours (Archaeology, Anthropology, Ancient History)

  • 1986 – 1987
    Maitrise, Université de Paris I, Sorbonne; Archaeology

  • 1987 – 1988
    DEA (Diplome des Etudes Approfondis), The Quaternary: Geology, Palaeontology, Prehistory. Institute of Human Paleontology, Paris

  • 1988 – 1993
    PhD, Institute of Archaeology, University College, London

Work and employment

  • 1978 – 1986
    Conference coordinator, interpreter and translator (Spanish and French), Europe

  • 1994 – 1996
    Temporary Part Time Lecturer, Member of Upper Tizsa project, Hungary. University of Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 1995 – 1996
    Research Assistant, Ethnography of stone tool use in Papua New Guinea, University of Durham, UK

  • 1996 – 1998
    Project manager, post excavation project, An Corran, Isle of Skye. National Museums of Scotland, UK

  • 1998 – 2002
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK. Co director: Scotland's First Settlers Mesolithic research project, Camas Daraich Mesolithic project.

  • 2002 – 2005
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Co director: Scotland's First Settlers Mesolithic research project, Islay and Jura Caves project (with National Museums of Scotland).

  • 2005 – 2008
    European Union Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellow. University of York, UK. Visiting Fellow, University of Sydney Australia. Reconstructing ancient plant use. Starch granule diagenesis and survival in the archaeological record.

  • Since 2008
    ICREA Research Professor at the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

  • Since 2009
    Honorary Research Associate, University of York

Selected publications

  • 2018. Hardy, K. Plant use in the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic: Food, medicine, and raw materials. Quaternary Science Reviews. 191:393-405

  • 2017. Hardy, K., Radini, A., Buckley, S., Blasco, R., Copeland, L., Burjachs, F., Girbal, J., Yll, R., Carbonell, E., Bermudez de Castro J. Diet and environment 1.2 million years ago revealed through analysis of dental calculus from Europe's oldest hominin at Sima del Elefante, Spain. The Science of Nature 104, (1-2) 2

  • 2016. Hardy K. A. Camara, R. Pique, E. Dioh, M. Guѐye, H. Diaw Diadhiou, M. Faye, M. Carré. Shellfishing and shell middens in the Saloum Delta, Senegal. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. 41 (19-32). DOI 10.1016/j.jaa.2015.11.001

  • 2016 Hardy, K., L. Kubiak-Martens (eds.) Wild Harvest: Plants in the Hominin and Pre-Agrarian Human Worlds. Studying Scientific Archaeology Series, 2. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

  • 2015. Hardy, K, Brand Miller, J, Brown, KJ, Thomas, MG, Copeland, L. The importance of dietary carbohydrate in human evolution. The Quarterly Review of Biology; 90(3)251-268 DOI: 10.1086/682587

  • 2012 Hardy, K., Buckley, S., Collins ,M. J., Estalrrich, A., Brothwell, D., Copeland, L., García-Tabernero, A., García-Vargas, S., de la Rasilla, M., Lalueza-Fox, C., Huguet, R., Bastir, M., Santamaría, D., Madella, M., Fernández Cortés, A., Rosas, A. Neanderthal medics? Evidence for food, cooking and medicinal plants entrapped in dental calculus. Naturwissenschaften 99(8)617-626. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-012-0942-0

  • 2009 Hardy K, C.R. Wickham-Jones (eds.) Mesolithic and later sites around the Inner Sound, Scotland: the Scotland's First Settlers project 1998 – 2004. SAIR. 31 (Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports)

  • 2008 Hardy K. Prehistoric String Theory. How twisted fibres helped to shape the world. Antiquity 82. 271-280.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Mesolithic and Neolithic dietary comparisons from biomolecular material entrapped in dental calculus.(micinn), 2013 – 2016

  • Mesolithic-Neolithic in north west Scotland. (micinn), 2010 – 2013

  • Shell middens and ethnoarchaeology. Saloum Delta, Senegal. AECID, 2010 – 2012

  • EU Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship (OIF), 2005 – 2008

  • Scotlands First Settlers: Historic Scotland and others, 1999 – 2004

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

  • Fellow, Royal Anthropological Society

  • The Prehistoric Society

  • Archaeology Scotland

  • ACBA (Associació Catalana de Bioarqueologia)

  • European Association of Archaeologists

Media coverage

  • 2005 – 2011 Participated in several BBC Radio4 programmes including Open Country (interviewed in Skye), and several food programmes

  • BBC Scotland. The Skye Trail (Triple Echo Productions)

  • Numerous lectures to local history societies

  • Published several articles in popular magazines in Britain and Ireland including "British Archaeology"

  • 2012 Numerous interviews and articles related to natural sciences; articles in newspapers, journals, magazines, in many languages across the world including Nature, National Geographic, New Scientist, Scientific American, Spanish TV coverage (various), Spanish radio live interviews, interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Material World

  • The Academic Minute 2nd October. USA Radio show:

  • Selected as one of the 10 most important archaeological discoveries of 2012, Archaeology Magazine, Archaeological Institute of America

  • Expert commentator, in Barras C., Farming has deep roots in Chinese ice age. New Scientist, 18 March 2013

  • 2013 October. Neanderthal self-medication in context article was the subject of a "Der Spiegel" article

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • I have 5 children. I have brought them up as a single parent since 2004. Combining this with an (economically essential) career has given me very good survival skills and a clear insight into the real priorities in life.


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