Professor Nick Barton

Research Profile

Research Activities

Co-director with Professor Bouzouggar, Rabat University, of excavation at Taforalt Cave in Morocco, which is aimed at the understanding of human behaviour and environmental change in North Africa over the last 200,000 years. Recently completed a major collaborative NERC project as Co-Principal Investigator concerning the response of humans to rapid environmental change. Nearing completion of a monographic study on the Middle and Later Stone Age levels at Taforalt cave, for which he received a Leverhulme Fellowship in 2012-13. Most recently, with Dr Louise Humphrey (Natural History Museum) and Professor Martin Bell (Reading University), has been awarded a Major Leverhulme Research Award for a project on Cemeteries and Sedentism in North Africa, to investigate changes in hunter-gatherer behaviour prior to the Neolithic.

  • Cemeteries and Sedentism in the Later Stone Age of NW Africa: Excavations at Grotte des Pigeons, Taforalt, Morocco

    BARTON, R, Bouzouggar, A, Collcutt, SN, Humphrey, LT
    Edited by:
  • Pleistocene North African genomes link Near Eastern and sub-Saharan African human populations

    van de Loosdrecht, M, Bouzouggar, A, Humphrey, L, Posth, C, Barton, N, Aximu-Petri, A, Nickel, B, Nagel, S, Talbi, EH, El Hajraoui, MA, Amzazi, S, Hublin, J-J
    et al
  • 90,000 year-old specialised bone technology in the Aterian Middle Stone Age of North Africa.

    Bouzouggar, A, Humphrey, LT, Barton, N, Parfitt, SA, Clark Balzan, L, Schwenninger, J-L, El Hajraoui, MA, Nespoulet, R, Bello, SM
  • Range shifts or extinction? Ancient DNA and distribution modelling reveal past and future responses to climate warming in cold-adapted birds.

    Lagerholm, VK, Sandoval-Castellanos, E, Vaniscotte, A, Potapova, OR, Tomek, T, Bochenski, ZM, Shepherd, P, Barton, N, Van Dyck, M-C, Miller, R, Höglund, J, Yoccoz, NG
    et al
  • Reconsidering the MSA to LSA transition at Taforalt Cave (Morocco) in the light of new multi-proxy dating evidence

    Barton, RNE, Bouzouggar, A, Collcutt, SN, Carrión Marco, Y, Clark-Balzan, L, Debenham, NC, Morales, J
  • From Lake to Sand: The Archaeology of The Farafra Oasis Western Desert, Egypt. Edited by Barbara E. Barich, Giulio Lucarini, Mohamed A. Hamdan, and Fekri A. Hassan. F. A. Edizioni All’Insegna del Giglio, Florence, 2014. ...

    Barton, N
  • New radiocarbon dates for the earliest Later Stone Age microlithic technology in Northwest Africa

    Hogue, JT, Barton, RNE
  • Oxygen and carbon isotopes in Gerbillinae (gerbil) teeth provide palaeoaridity records in two Late Pleistocene Moroccan sites

    Jeffrey, A, Stoetzel, E, Parfitt, S, Barton, N, Nespoulet, R, El Hajraoui, MA, Bouzouggar, A, Denys, C, Lee-Thorp, JA
  • The RESET project: Constructing a European tephra lattice for refined synchronisation of environmental and archaeological events during the last c. 100 ka

    Lowe, JJ, Ramsey, CB, Housley, RA, Lane, CS, Tomlinson, EL, Stringer, C, Davies, W, Barton, N, Pollard, M, Gamble, C, Menzies, M, Rohling, E
    et al
  • Chronology of the European Russian Gravettian: New radiocarbon dating results and interpretation

    Reynolds, N, Hicham, TFG, Lisitsyn, SN, Sablin, MV, Barton, N
  • Ice Age Journeys: research by a community archaeology group at Farndon Fields, Newark, Nottinghamshire.

    Garton, D, Baker, C, Banks, V, Barton, N, Budge, D, Collcutt, SN, Price, S, Ross, I, Tapete, D, Tyndall, R
  • Marine shell beads from three inland Later Mesolithic sites in western Britain.

    Barton, RNE, Roberts, AJ
    Edited by:
    Ashton, N, Harris, CRE
  • The role of cryptotephra in refining the chronology of Late Pleistocene human evolution and cultural change in North Africa

    Barton, RNE, Lane, CS, Lane, CS, Albert, PG, Albert, PG, White, D, Collcutt, SN, Bouzouggar, A, Bouzouggar, A, Ditchfield, P, Farr, L, Oh, A
    et al
  • Earliest evidence for caries and exploitation of starchy plant foods in Pleistocene hunter-gatherers from Morocco.

    Humphrey, LT, De Groote, I, Morales, J, Barton, N, Collcutt, S, Bronk Ramsey, C, Bouzouggar, A
  • Simone Mulazzani (ed.). Le Capsien de Hergla (Tunisie): culture, environnement et économie (Reports in African Archaeology 4). 439 pages, numerous colour and b&w illustrations. 2013. Frankfurt am Main: Africa Magna; 978-3-937248-36-3 paperback €89.80.

    Barton, N
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Undergraduate teaching

Undergraduate course convenor for:

  • Honour Moderations Paper 3  - Perspectives on Human Evolution
  • FHS option paper - Archaeology of Modern Human Origins

Director of Studies for undergraduates at Hertford College.

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate taught course options in:


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