Advisor: Alexia Smith
Archaeobotany and anthracology, fuel use, humanâplant relationships, social complexity, agriculture, agropastoralism, the Chalcolithic, Bronze, and Iron Ages of Southwest Asia, environmental and ecological change.
Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkey, Syria
Lucas Proctor is an environmental archaeologist studying the social, economic, and environmental factors underlying agro-pastoral and land use practices in the early urban societies of Mesopotamia. With specializations in archaeobotany and microscopy, his current research explores farming and fuel economies during the Chalcolithic and Iron Ages of Southwest Asia through the analysis of preserved seeds and wood charcoal. Lucasâs current field projects include work on several international, collaborative excavations in Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Azerbaijan. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Connecticut.
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2018, Smith, A., L. Proctor, T. Hart, and G. Stein. The burning issue of dung in archaeobotanical samples: a case-study integrating macro-botanical remains, dung spherulites, and phytoliths to assess sample origin and fuel use at Tell Zeidan, Syria. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany: 1â18. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00334-018-0692-9
2017, Branting, S., J. Lehner, S. BaltalÄ± TÄ±rpan, S.R. Graff, J.M. Marston, T. KalaycÄ±, Y. Ãzarslan, D. Langis-Barsetti, L. Proctor, and P. Paulsen. The Kerkenes Project 2015-2016. In Steadman, S., and G. McMahon, eds., The Archaeology of Anatolia: Recent Discoveries (Volume 2). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Pp. 154â175.
2016, Branting, S., S. BaltalÄ±-TÄ±rpan, J. W. Lehner, Y. Ãzarslan, D. Langis-Barsetti, T. KalaycÄ±, N. BaturayoÄlu-YÃ¶ney, S. R. Graff, L. Proctor and B. Asiliskender. Kerkenes 2015. KazÄ± SonuÃ§larÄ± ToplantÄ±sÄ± 38 Vol. 2: 179â190. Ankara: T.C. KÃ¼ltÃ¼r ve Turizm BakanlÄ±ÄÄ±.
2015, Matney, T., T. Greenfield, K. KÃ¶roÄlu, J. MacGinnis, L. Proctor, M. Rosenzweig, and D. Wicke. Excavations at Ziyaret Tepe, DiyarbakÄ±r Province, Turkey, 2011â2014 Seasons. Anatolica 41: 125â176.
2015, Smith, A., K. Dotzel, J. Fountain, L. Proctor, M. Von Baeyer. Examining fuel use in antiquity: archaeobotanical and anthracological approaches in Southwest Asia. Ethnobiology Letters: 6(1): 192â195. http://www.ojs.ethnobiology.org/index.php/ebl/article/viewFile/416/208
Selected Conference Presentations
2017, A. Smith, T. Hart, L. Proctor, and G. Stein. âUbaid period agriculture and fuel use at Tell Zeidan, Syria: integrating macro-botanical, phytolith, spherulite and isotopic Data.â ASOR Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. November 18, 2017.
2017, Proctor, L. and A. Smith. âArchaeobotanical evidence for wine production/storage from a small Iron Age domestic structure at Gund-i Topzawa, Iraqi Kurdistan.â CAS Graduate Student Conference, âAlcohol and the Ancient World.â University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, PA. February 25, 2017.
2016, Smith, A. and L. Proctor. âBronze and Iron Age plant use in Iraqi Kurdistan: archaeobotanical results from Kurd Qaburstan and Gund-i Topzawa.â ASOR Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. November 17, 2016.
2016, Proctor, L. âFarming the Upper Tigris Valley in Late Antiquity: archaeobotanical evidence from Ziyaret Tepe, Turkey.â ICAANE, Vienna, Austria. April 26, 2016.
2016, Proctor, L. and H. Lau. âReconstructing land-use and agropastoral production at Middle Bronze QÄ±zqala, Autonomous Republic of NaxÃ§Ä±van, Azerbaijan.â SAA Annual Meeting, Orlando, Fl.Â April 7, 2016.
2014, Proctor, L. âA preliminary analysis of Late Antique archaeobotanical remains from Ziyaret Tepe, southeastern Turkey,â Poster presentation. ASOR Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.