Jennifer Bates

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Rm 4025-7, Dept. of Anthropology

Bio

My research focuses on the archaeobotanical record of South Asia. I have a special interest in questions relating to agriculture, landuse, and environment, integrating approaches from archaeology, history, and environmental science. Throughout my doctoral and post-doctoral work I have been exploring how farmers adapted to environmental and social change in the Indus Civilisation c.3200-1500BC. My current research as part of the Penn Paleoecology lab includes: (1) LandCover6k, a 'big data' project using archaeological, historical, and paleoenvironmental evidence to improve climate models; (2) the archaeology of farming, food, and power relations in South India from the Neolithic to the Early Modern period; and (3) work on the microbotanical remains from the TwoRains project, co-directed by Dr Petrie (University of Cambridge) and Prof. R.N. Singh (BHU).

Education

Ph.D.: Archaeology, University of Cambridge, 2016; MA: Research Methods in Archaeology, UCL, 2011; BA.: University of Cambridge, 2010.

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Research Interests

Environmental Archaeology, South Asia, archaeobotany, agriculture,climate change, state formation, urbanism, water, Environmental anthropology, archaeological method and theory, agriculture, landscape history, political ecology, water and irrigation, pollen analysis, anthropology of food, biodiversity, phytolith analysis, macrobotanical analysis

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Monographs

Nesbitt, M., Bates, J., Hillman, G., Mitchell, S. 2017. The Archaeobotany of Aşvan, environment and cultivation in Eastern Anatolia from the Chalcolithic to the Medieval period.British Institute atAnkaraMonograph, London.

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal/Proceedings Publications:

Bates, J. 2019. Oilseeds, Spices and Flavours in the Indus Civilization. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 24: 879–887. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.02.033

 

Singh, R.N., Petrie, C.A., Alam, A., Bates, J., Ceccarelli, A., Chakraborty, S., Chakradhari, S., Chowdhary, A., Dixit, Y., French, C.A.I., Gieshe, A., Green, A.S., Green, L.M., Jones, P.J., Lightfoot, E., Pandey, A.K., Pawar, V., Ranjan, A., Redhouse, D.I., Singh, D.P., Suryanarayan, A., Ustunkaya, M.C., Walker, J.R. 2018. Living in the hinterland: survey and excavations at Lohari Ragho 2015‐2017. Purattatva 48:130-141

 

Lui, X., Lister, D., Zhao, Z., Petrie, C.A., Zeng, X., Jones, P.J., Staff, R.A., Pokharia A.K., Bates, J., Singh, R.N., Weber, S.A., Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Dong, G., Li, H., Lü, H., Jiang, H., Wang, J., Ma, J., Tian, D., Jin, G., Zhou, L., Wu, X., Jones, M.K., 2017. Journey to the East: diverse routes and variable flowering times for wheat and barley en route to prehistoric China. PLoS ONE 12(11):e0187405. https://doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0187405 

 

Petrie, C.A. & Bates, J., 2017. ‘Multi-cropping’, intercropping and adaptation to variable environments in Indus South Asia. Journal of World Prehistory 30(2): 81-130. https://doi:10.1007/s10963-017-9101-z

 

Bates, J., Petrie, C.A., & Singh, R.N. 2017. Cereals, Calories and Change: Exploring approaches to quantification in Indus archaeobotany. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10(7): 1703–1716. https://doi:10.1007/s12520-017-0489-2 

 

Petrie, C.A., Singh, R.N., French, C.A.I., Hodell, D., Bates, J., Dixit, Y., Joglekar, P., Jones, P.J., Lancelotti, C., Neogi, S., Pandey, A.K., Parikh, D., Pathak, A., Pawar, V., Redhouse, D.I., Saraswat, K.S., Tewari, R., 2017. Adaptation to variable environments, resilience to climate change: investigating Land, Water and Settlement in Indus northwest India. Current Anthropology 58(1): 1-30. doi: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/690112

 

Bates, J., Petrie, C.A., Singh, R.N. 2017. Approaching Rice Domestication in South Asia: new evidence from Indus settlements in northern India. Journal of Archaeological Science 78: 193-201. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2016.04.018

                

Bates, J., Singh, R.N., Petrie, C.A. 2017. Exploring Indus Crop Processing: combining phytoliths and macrobotanical analysis to consider the organisation of agriculture in northwest India c.3200-1500BC. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 26(1): 25-41. doi:10.1007/s00334-016-0576-9

 

Petrie, C.A., Bates, J., Higham, T., Singh, R.N. 2016. Feeding Ancient Cities in South Asia: dating the adoption of rice, millet and tropical pulses in the Indus Civilisation. Antiquity 90 (354): 1489-1504. doi: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2016.210

 

Bates, J., & Petrie, C.A. 2016. Phytolith Analysis and the Indus Civilisation: a review. Man and Environment XLI(2): 32-49.

 

Liu, X.., Lister, D.L., Zhao, Z., Staff, R.A., Jones, P.J., Zhou, L., Pokharia, A.K., Petrie, C., Pathak, A., Lu., H., Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Bates, J., Pilgram, T., Jones, M.K., 2016. The Virtues of Small Grain Size: potential pathways to a distinguishing feature of Asian wheats. Quaternary International 426: 107-119. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.02.059

 

Singh, R.N., Petrie, C.A., French, C.A.I., Bates, J., Lancelotti, C., Pandey, A.K., Parikh, D., & Redhouse, D.I., 2016. Survey and Excavations at Dabli vas Chugta, Hanumangarh District, Rajasthan, March 24-April 21, 2011. Preliminary Report for the Archaeological Survey of India, Indian Archaeology, a Review 2010-2011 pp.75-81.

 

Singh, R.N., Petrie, C.A., Bates, J., Jogeklar, P.P., Pandey, A.K., Parikh, D., Singh, V.K., Singh, D.P. 2013. Survey and Excavations at Bahola, Karnal District, Haryana: a preliminary report. Bhāratī 37:27-37.

 

Singh, R.N., Petrie, C.A., Bates, J., Pandey, A.K., Parikh, D., Singh, D.P. 2012. Survey and Excavations at Bahola, Karnal District, Haryana: March 27 – April 17, 2012. Manaviki 3.2-4.1: 5-11.

 

Singh, R.N., Petrie, C.A., French, C.A.I., Bates, J., Lancelotti, C., Pandey, A.K., Parikh, D., Redhouse,  D.I. 2012. Survey and Excavations at Dabli vas Chugta, Hanumangarh District, Rajasthan. Puratattva 42:133-147.

 

Bates, J. 2011.  Social Organisation and Change in the Indus Civilisation, phytolith analysis of crop processing aims at Masudpur VII. Bioscience Horizons 4(1):1-12.

 

Peer-Reviewed Proceedings Publications:

Petrie, C.A., Singh, R.N., Alam, A., Bates, J., Ceccarelli, A., Chakraborty, S., Chakradhari, S., Chowdhary, A., Dixit, Y., French, C.A.I., Gieshe, A., Green, A.S., Green, L.M., Jones, P.J., Joglekar, P., Lightfoot, E. O’Connell, T.C., Pandey, A.K., Ranjan, A., Redhouse, D.I., Shinde, V., Singh, D.P., Singh, U., Suryanarayan, A., Ustunkaya, M.C., Walker, J.R. In Press. Living in the hinterland: progress of the TwoRains project in 2017 and 2018. In Lefèvre, V., Didier, A., Mutin, B. (ed.) (In Press). South Asian Archaeology 2018: man and environment in prehistoric and protohistoric South Asia, new perspectives. Turnhout: Brepols Indicopleustoi.

 

Petrie, C.A., Parikh, D., Green, A.S., Bates, J. 2018. Looking beneath the Veneer. Thoughts about Environmental and Cultural Diversity in the Indus Civilization, in: Frenez, D., Jamison, G.M., Law, R., Vidale, M., Meadow, R. (Eds.), Walking With the Unicorn, Social Organization and Material Culture in Ancient South Asia, Jonathan Mark Kenoyer Felicitation Volume. Archaeopress, Oxford, pp. 453–474.

 

Petrie, C.A., Singh, R.N., French, C.A.I., Bates, J., Lancelotti, C., Neogi, S., Pandey, A.K., Parikh, D., Pawar, V., Redhouse, D.I. 2017. Land, Water and Settlement in northwest India 2008-2012: a review of progress. In Lefèvre, V., Didier, A., Mutin, B. (ed.) (2017). South Asian Archaeology 2012: man and environment in prehistoric and protohistoric South Asia, new perspectives. Turnhout: Brepols Indicopleustoi. Pp.243-255. 

 

Malone, C., Stoddart, S., Ceccarelli, L., Cenciaioll, L., Duff, P., McCormick, F., Morales, J., Armstrong, S., Bates, J., Bennett, J., Cameron, J., Cifani, G., Cohen, S., Foley, T., Fuliminante, F., Hill, H., Mattacchoni, L., Neil, S., Rosatelli, A., Redhouse, D., Volhard-Dearman, S. 2014. Beyond Feasting: consumption and lifestyle amongst the invisible Etruscans. IN Boyle, K., Rabbett, R., & Hunt, C.O. (eds.) (2014). Living in the Landscape: essays in honour of Graeme Barker. Cambridge: CUP. Pp.257-266.

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