Associate Professor Andrew Fairbairn
Associate Professor Andrew Fairbairn
Associate Professor
Australian Research Council Future Fellow
Phone:  (+61 7) 336 52780
Fax:  (+61 7) 336 51544

Room 331, Level 3,
Michie Building (#9), St Lucia Campus 


Ph.D (Archaeology), University of London
MSc (Bioarchaeology), University of London
BSc - hons (Archaeology), University of London

Professional activities:

Member - Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA), UK.
Member - Australian Archaeological Association.
Member - British Institute in Ankara (BIA), UK.
Member - Centre for Archaeological Research, ANU.
Member - Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), UK.
Member - Prehistoric Society, UK
Member - Australian National Committee For Archaeological Teaching and Learning (ANCATL), a sub-committee of the Australian Archaeological Association


Lecturer, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, 2006 - Present
Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology & Natural History, Australian National University, 2004 - 2006
Research Assistant, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University, 2001 - 2004
Research Assistant, Catalhoyuk Research Project, University of Cambridge, 1999 - 2001
Archaeologist, Environmental Section, Museum of London Archaeology Service, 1993 - 1994


Research interests:
  • Melanesian Archaeobotany Project
  • Plant use at the dawn of agriculture in Central Anatolia 
  • Productive economics of early Turkish civilizations - the archaeobotany of Kaman Kalehoyuk

 Please follow this link to find out more about Associate Professor Fairbairn's research profile.


Fairbairn A and Weiss E.(eds) 2009. From foragers to farmers. Oxford: Oxbow.

Fairbairn A,  O’Connor S and Marwick B. (eds).2009. Terra Australis 28. New directions in archaeological science. Canberra: ANU E-Press

Fairbairn A. 2008. Beyond economy: seed analysis and landscape archaeology. In B David and J Thomas (eds) Handbook of landscape archaeology. Left Coast Press. World Archaeological Congress Research Handbooks.

Fairbairn A, Longford C and Griffin B. 2008. Archaeobotany at Kaman Kalehoyuk 2006. .Anatolian Archaeological Studies

Fairbairn A. 2007. Seeds from the Slums: Archaeobotanical Investigations at Mountain Street, Ultimo, Sydney, New South Wales. Australian Archaeology 64, 1 – 8

Fairbairn A, Hope G, Summerhayes S. 2006. Pleistocene occupation in New Guinea’s highland and sub-alpine environments. World Archaeology 38, 371-386

Fairbairn, A. and Omura S. 2005. Archaeological identification and significance of ÉSAG (agricultural storage pits) at Kaman-Kalehöyük, Central Anatolia. Anatolian Studies 55, 15-23

Fairbairn A, Martinoli D, Butler A and Hillman G. 2007. Wild plant seed storage at Neolithic Çatalhöyük East, Turkey. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, Published online

Fairbairn A and Asouti E. 2005. Evidence for olive use and deforestation at Jebel Khalid. Mediterranean Archaeology 18, 190 – 191

Fairbairn A. 2005. An archaeobotanical perspective on Holocene plant use practices in lowland northern New Guinea. World Archaeology 37(4), 487-502

Fairbairn A. 2005. A history of agriculture at Çatalhöyük East, Turkey. World Archaeology 37, 197 – 210

Fairbairn, A. 2005. Crop storage at Kaman Kalehöyük: Some preliminary observations. Anatolian Archaeological Studies 14, 129-136

Fairbairn A. 2004. Archaeobotany at Kaman Kalehöyük 2003. Anatolian Archaeological Studies 13, 107 – 120

Fairbairn A. 2003. Archaeobotany at Kaman Kalehöyük 2002. Anatolian Archaeological Studies 12 151 – 162

Fairbairn A. 2002. An archaeology of archaeobotany: Re-investigating the Mellaart seed archive from Çatalhöyük. Anatolian Archaeology 8, 16 – 17

Fairbairn A. 2002. Archaeobotany at Kaman Kalehöyük 2001. Anatolian Archaeological Studies 11, 201 – 12

Fairbairn A. 2003. Technical notes on the preparation of leaf and epidermis specimens for reference collections and archaeobotanical investigations. Environmental Archaeology 8, 167 – 75

Fairbairn A, Asouti E, Near J and Martinoli D. 2002. Macro-botanical evidence for plant use at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, south-central Anatolia, Turkey. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 11, 41 – 54

Fairbairn A. and Austin P. 2002. Archaeobotanical evidence. Oxoniensa 66, 325 – 33 (In A. Barber “A Romano-British settlement to the rear of Denchworth Rd, Wantage, Oxfordshire)

Fairbairn A  (ed.). 2000. Plants in Neolithic Britain and beyond. Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers 5. Oxford: Oxbow

Fairbairn A. 2000. On enclosures, pits and the spread of crops across Neolithic Britain. In A Fairbairn (ed.) Plants in Neolithic Britain and beyond. Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers 5. Oxford: Oxbow, 107 – 121

Fairbairn A. 1999. Palaeobotanical remains. In T. Darvill (ed.) Billown Neolithic Landscape Project, Isle of Man. Fourth Report: 1998. Bournemouth University School of Conservation Science Research Report 5, 14 – 22, 37 – 9 and 52

Please refer to this author's UQ eSpace profile for a full list of publications.

Go to top