Joanne Clarke joined the UEA in 2001. She is an archaeologist with extensive fieldwork experience in Cyprus, the Near East and North Africa. Joanne currently directs excavations at two prehistoric sites in Kalavasos, Cyprus and she jointly directs a programme of archaeological and environmental  research in Western Sahara. Her principal research interest is human adaptation to, and exploitation of, rapid changes in climate and environment in the early and middle Holocene. Dr Clarke's foci of interest are the social changes that took place during the late Neolithic (the 8.2 Kyr event) and the Chalcolithic (the 5.9-5.1 Kyr event). Dr Clarke recently led a Research Network funded by the AHRC's Landscape and Environment Programme entitled Environmental Change in Prehistory.

Dr Clarke teaches both undergraduates and postragraduates archaeology, the archaeology of art, the archaeology of the ancient Near East and the Sahara. Dr Clarke also has a number of PhD students working on both African and Near Eastern topics.


Before joining the School of World Art Studies, Dr Clarke served as Jerusalem Director for the Council for British Research in the Levant, and Acting Director of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem. She has also worked for the National Museums Scotland, and held the JRB Stewart Fellowship in Cypriot Archaeology at the University of Sydney.

Academic Background

B.A. Archaeology; University of Sydney (1987)

Ph.D. Archaeology; University of Edinburgh (1998)

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