Prospective Students

I'm  happy to supervise postgraduate research students working in the following areas: phytolith analysis, human environmental interactions, plant domestication and the early dispersal of agriculture, landscape archaeology and Formative cultures of the Americas.



These are the courses that I generally teach at Exeter:

Sustainability and Collapse in Past Societies ARC2113 / ARC3123

South American Prehistory  ARC2115-3115 

Palaeobotany   ARC2512-3512

Archaeological Fieldschool ARC20004

Human Environmental Interactions ARCM401

Research Methods and Archaeological Theory ARCM100


Research supervision:

I supervise research MA and PhD students in the following subject areas:

Latin American Archaeology (in particular lowland South America)

Archaeobotany (in particular phytolith and starch grain analysis)

Coupled human and environment systems

Climate Change Archaeology

Plant Domestication, Dispersal of Agriculture

Peopling of the Americas


Research students


Josie Handley 'Testing the resilience of traditional agriculture in the Peruvian Andes to periods of climate change and human activity' 

Felipe do Nascimento Rodrigues: 'Many Rocks, Many Functions? Investigating Stone Raw Material Selection, Use and its Socio-Economic Implications for Southern Jê prehistory in South Brazil'

Bastiaan van Dalen 'Comparing pre-Columbian land use in Amazonia and the Maya' (prelim title).

Recently completed PhDs:

Regina Gonda (2019): 'Pre-Columbian Land Use and its Modern Legacy in the Purus-Madeira Interfluve, Central Amazonia'

Lautaro Hilbert (2017): 'Investigating Plant Management in the Monte Castelo (Rondônia- Brazil) and Tucumã (Pará-Brazil) Shell Mound Using Phytoliths Analysis'

Daiana Travassos (2017): 'Dark Earth Plant Management in the Lower Tapajos'

Jonas Gregorio de Souza (2017): 'Pathways to power in the southern Brazilian highlands: Households, communities and status at Southern Proto-Jê pit house settlements'. 

Jennifer Watling (2014): 'Environmental Impact of the Pre-Columbian Geoglyph Builders of Western Amazonia'.

Ciprian Ardelean (2013):  'Archaeology of Early Human Occupations and the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition in the Zacatecas Desert, Northern Mexico'.

Rafael Corteletti (2010):  'Upper Canoas Archaeological Project: A Study of the Jê presence on the Santa Catarina Plateau' (CNPq PhD Studentship, MAE-USP (São Paulo, Brazil), University of Exeter (started 2010).




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José Iriarte
Professor of Archaeology

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 264513
Fax: +44 (0) 1392 264358

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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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