I have been a student of Archaeology since 1989 and a director of Palaeolithic archaeological excavations in Eurasia since 1995. My knowledge of Palaeolithic Archaeology has been gained through study and research at the University of Connecticut, the Forschungsinstitut für Vor- und Frühgeschichte in Neuwied, Germany, the Institute für Ur- und Frühgeschichte at the Universität Tübingen, Germany, and Harvard University. Experiences at these institutions fostered my interests in human behavioral ecology, human evolution, lithic technology, zooarchaeology, chronometric dating, Neanderthal-modern human interactions, and the factors contributing to the demise of the Neanderthals.
In 1992, I began Palaeolithic research in Europe, the Middle East, and the Caucasus, and between 1995–2006 I co-directed four interdisciplinary research projects in the Georgian Republic: Akhalkalaki, Ortvale Klde, the Mashavera Gorge Palaeolithic Project, and the Pinavera site. Each project focused on the documentation and dating of Middle and Upper Palaeolithic sites and the testing of various hominin behavioral hypotheses.
Since 2008, I have been engaged in Palaeolithic research in Armenia, specifically within and surrounding the Hrazdan Gorge. Through a combination of survey and excavation my interdisciplinary research team has identified and conducted excavations at a variety of new Palaeolithic localities. Our efforts have focused on Nor Geghi 1 and Lusakert Cave, sites that document hominin activities in the region during the late Middle Pleistocene and the Upper Pleistocene, respectively.
Excavations at these and other sites in Armenia are conducted in tandem with an archaeological field school run through UConn’s Office of Study Abroad and supported by UConn’s Norian Armenian Programs Committee and external sources.
Curriculum Vitae: Adler-CV
ANTH 2501: Introduction to Archaeology (Undergraduate)
The concepts, methods and practice of anthropological archaeology.
ANTH 3514: European Prehistory (Undergraduate)
An interdisciplinary survey of the archaeological, biological, cultural, and behavioral evolution of prehistoric humans and their societies across Europe and portions of western Asia.
ANTH 3521W: Seminar in Archaeology (Undergraduate)
A writing-intensive course that covers the historical development of Archaeology and theoretical debates.
ANTH 4510/5345: The Neanderthals (Undergraduate & Graduate)
Interdisciplinary understanding of the biological, cultural, technological, and behavioral evolution of Neanderthals and their societies.
ANTH 5513: Modern Human Dispersals (Undergraduate & Graduate)
Interdisciplinary understanding of the tempo and mode of modern human dispersals, particularly within Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas.
ANTH 5517: Hunter-Gatherers Past and Present (Graduate)
Investigation of recent and prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies as informed through human behavioral ecology, archaeology, and ethnoarchaeology.
Frahm, E., Feinberg, J.M., Monnier, G.F., Tostevin, G.B., Gasparyan, B., Yeritsyan, B., and D.S. Adler. 2016. Lithic Raw Material Units Based on Magnetic Properties: A Blind Test with Armenian Obsidian and Application to the Middle Paleolithic Site of Lusakert Cave 1. Journal of Archaeological Science 74: 102-123.
Frahm, E., Feinberg, J.M., Schmidt-Magee, B.A., Wilkinson, K.N., Gasparyan, B., Yeritsyan, B., and D.S. Adler. 2016. Middle Paleolithic Toolstone Procurement Behaviors at Lusakert Cave 1, Hrazdan Valley, Armenia. Journal of Human Evolution 91: 73-92.
Gasparyan, B., C. P. Egeland, D. S. Adler, R. Pinhasi, P. Glauberman and H. Haydosyan. 2014. The Middle Paleolithic Occupation of Armenia: Summarizing Old and New Data. In Stone Age of Armenia: A Guide-book to the Stone Age Archaeology in the Republic of Armenia, edited by Boris Gasparyan and Makoto Arimura, pp. 65–105.Monograph of the JSPS-Bilateral Joint Research Project, Kanazawa UniversityPress, Tokyo.
Gasparyan, B., D. S. Adler, C. P. Egeland and K. Azatyan. 2014. Recently Discovered Lower Paleolithic Sites of Armenia. In Stone Age of Armenia: A Guide-book to the Stone Age Archaeology in the Republic of Armenia, edited by Boris Gasparyan and Makoto Arimura, pp. 37–64.Monograph of the JSPS-Bilateral Joint Research Project, Kanazawa UniversityPress, Tokyo.
Adler, D.S., K.N. Wilkinson, S. Blockley, D. Mark, R. Pinhasi, B.A. Schmidt-Magee, B. Yeritsyan, S. Nahapetyan, C. Mallol, F. Berna, P. J. Glauberman, Y. Raczynski-Henk, V. Cullen, E. Frahm, O. Jöris, A. Macloud, V. Smith, B. Gasparian. Early Levallois Technology and the Transition from the Lower to Middle Palaeolithic in the Southern Caucasus. Science 345 (6204): 1609–1613.
Frahm, E., Feinberg, J.M., Schmidt-Magee, B.A., Wilkinson, K., Gasparyan, B., Yeritsyan, B., Karapetian, S., Meliksetian, K., Muth, M.J., and D. S. Adler, 2014. Multiscalar Magnetic Variation in the Gutansar Obsidian Complex: Implications for Lithic Technology, Landscape Use, and Resource Selection in Palaeolithic Armenia. Journal of Archaeological Science 47: 164–178.
Frahm, E., Schmidt, B.A., Gasparyan, B., Yeritsyan, B., Karapetian, S., Meliksetian, K., Adler, D.S., 2014. Ten Seconds in the Field: Rapid Armenian Obsidian Sourcing with Portable XRF to Inform Excavations and Surveys, Journal of Archaeological Science 41:333–348.
Adler, D.S., B. Yeritsyan, K. Wilkinson, R. Pinhasi, G. Bar-Oz, S. Nahapetyan, R. Bailey, B. A. Schmidt, P. Glauberman, N. Wales, B. Gasparian. 2012. The Hrazdan Gorge Palaeolithic Project, 2008–2009. In Archaeology of Armenia in Regional Context, Proceedings of the International Conference dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography Held on September 15-17, 2009 in Yerevan, Armenia. Edited by P. Avetisyan and A. Bobokhyan, pp. 21–37. NAS RA Gitutyn Publishing house, Yerevan.
Pinhasi, R., M. Nioradze, N. Tushabramishvilli, D. Lordkipanidze, D. Pleurdeau, M-H. Moncel, D.S. Adler, C. Stringer, T.F.G. Higham. 2012. New chronology for the Middle Palaeolithic of the Southern Caucasus suggests early demise of Neanderthals in this region. Journal of Human Evolution 63(6): 770–780.
Mercier, N., H. Valladas, L. Meignen, J.-L. Joron, N. Tushabramishvili, D.S. Adler, O. Bar-Yosef. 2010. Dating the Early Laminar Middle Paleolithic Laminar Industry from Djruchula, Republic of Georgia. Paléorient 36(2): 163173.
Adler, D. S. 2009. The Earliest Musical Tradition. Nature 406 (6 August 2009): 695–696.
Adler, D. S., and Bar-Oz, G. 2009. Seasonal Patterns of Prey Acquisition During the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of the Southern Caucasus. In The Evolution of Hominid Diets: Integrating approaches to the study of Palaeolithic subsistence, edited by J.-J. Hublin and M. Richards. Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig Germany.
ERRATUM to Adler, D. S., and Bar-Oz, G. 2009. Seasonal Patterns of Prey Acquisition During the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of the Southern Caucasus. In The Evolution of Hominid Diets: Integrating approaches to the study of Palaeolithic subsistence, edited by J.-J. Hublin and M. Richards. Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig Germany.
Adler, D. S., and O. Jöris. 2008. Dating the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Boundary Across Eurasia. In Dating the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Boundary Across Eurasia, edited by O. Jöris and D. S. Adler, a special issue of the Eurasian Prehistory 2007, 5(2): 3–16.
Jöris, O., D. S. Adler (Guest Editors). 2008. Dating the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Boundary Across Eurasia, a special issue of the Eurasian Prehistory 2007, 5(2).
D. S. Adler, and O. Jöris, O. (Guest Editors) 2008. Journal of Human Evolution: Chronology of the Middle-Upper Paleolithic Transition in Eurasia, 55/5.
Jöris, O., and D. S. Adler. 2008. Setting the record straight: Toward a systematic chronological understanding of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic boundary in Eurasia. Journal of Human Evolution: Chronology of the Middle-Upper Paleolithic Transition in Eurasia 55/5:761–763.
Adler, D. S., O. Bar-Yosef, A. Belfer-Cohen, N. Tushabramishvil, E. Boaretto, N. Mercier, H. Valladas, and W.J. Rink. 2008. Dating the demise: Neandertal extinction and the establishment of modern humans in the southern Caucasus. In Journal of Human Evolution: Chronology of the Middle-Upper Paleolithic Transition in Eurasia 55/5:817–833.
Adler et al. Erratum.
Adler, D. S., Belfer-Cohen, A., Bar-Yosef, O. 2006. Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Neanderthal-Modern Human Interactions In The Southern Caucasus. In Neanderthals and Modern Humans Meet , edited by N. J. Conard, pp. 165–187. Tübingen Publications in Prehistory, Kerns Verlag Tübingen.
Bar-Yosef, O., Belfer-Cohen, A., Adler, D. S. 2006. The Implications of the Middle-Upper Paleolithic Chronological Boundary in the Caucasus to Eurasian Prehistory. Anthropologie XLIV(1): 49–60.
Adler, D. S., Bar-Oz, G, Belfer-Cohen, A., and Bar-Yosef, O. 2006. Ahead of the Game: Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Hunting Practices in the Southern Caucasus. Current Anthropology 47(1): 89–118.
Bar-Oz, G, and Adler, D. S. 2005. The Taphonomic History of the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Faunal Assemblages from Ortvale Klde, Georgian Republic. Journal of Taphonomy 3(4) 185 – 211.
Eren, M., Dominguez-Rodrigo, M., Le, I., Adler , D. S., Kuhn, S. L., and Bar-Yosef, O. 2005. Defining and Measuring Reduction in Unifacial Stone Tools. Journal of Archaeological Science 32:1190–1201.
Adler, D. S., Bar-Oz, G., Vekua, A., and Tushabramishvili, N. 2004. Palaeolithic Hunting Practices. Caucasus Environment 2(7): 52–55.
Bar-Oz, G., Adler, D. S., Vekua, A., Meshveliani, T., Tushabramishvili, N., Belfer-Cohen, A., Bar-Yosef, O. 2004. Faunal exploitation patterns along the southern slopes of the Caucasus during the Late Middle and Early Upper Palaeolithic. In Colonisation, Migration, and Marginal Areas. A Zooarchaeological Approach , edited by M. Mondini, S. Muñoz, and S. Wickler, pp. 46–54. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
Adler, D. S., Tushabramishvili, N. 2004. Middle Palaeolithic Patterns of Settlement and Subsistence in the Southern Caucasus. In Middle Palaeolithic Settlement Dynamics , edited by N. Conard, Tübingen, pp. 91–132. Publications in Prehistory, Kerns Verlag Tübingen .
Adler, D. S., Prindiville, T. P., Conard, N. J. 2003. Patterns of Spatial Organization and Land Use During the Eemian Interglacial in the Rhineland: New Data from Wallertheim, Germany. Eurasian Prehistory 1(2): 25–78.
Tappan, M., Adler, D. S., Ferring, R., Gabunia, M., Vekua, A., Swisher, C. 2002. Akhalkalaki: The Taphonomy of An Early Pleistocene Locality in the Republic of Georgia. Journal of Archaeological Science 29:1367–1391.
Tushabramishvili, N., Adler, D. S., Bar-Yosef, O., Belfer-Cohen, A. 2002. Current Middle & Upper Palaeolithic Research in the Southern Caucasus. Antiquity 76:927–928.
Conard, N. J., Adler, D. S. 1997. Lithic Reduction and Hominid Behavior in the Middle Palaeolithic of the Rhineland. Journal of Anthropological Research 53: 147–175.