Mr Matthew Jacobson
- Affiliate Researcher (Archaeology) (Archaeology)
Matthew J Jacobson is a Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology
Matthew has submitted his PhD thesis by publication to the University of Reading in October 2021. His PhD research examined palaeoclimate change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East during Late Antiquity and assessed potential influences of this change on societies at varied scales.
His research interests include the following areas:
- Environmental archaeology, particularly relating to past agricultural practices
- Palaeoclimatology, focusing on speleothems (stalagmites) as multi-proxy palaeoclimate records
- Human-climate-environment interactions and the History of Climate and Society (HCS), including adaptation/resilience to past and future climate change, data-assimilation/consilience and interdisciplinarity
- Middle Eastern archaeology, especially the role of environmental dynamics
- Late Antiquity, particularly political, religious, and economic transformations
- Settlement archaeology, including the role of networks, environmental dynamics, and chronological/spatial modelling
Matthew has completed environmental and archaeological fieldwork in Hampshire and the Lower Thames Valley, England, UK; Cappadocia and Lycia-Pamphylia, Turkey; and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He is a member of the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA); the Climate Change and History Research Initiative (CCHRI), Princeton University; the Centre for Past Climate Change (CPCC), University of Reading; the Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and AnaLysis (SISAL) working group, PAGES; and the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS).