Michael Petraglia

Research Associate

Portrait of Michael Petraglia.

Michael Petraglia is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture in the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.  He received his PhD from the University of New Mexico in 1987.  He received a Smithsonian postdoctoral fellowship in 1988, and he has been associated with the Human Origins Program since its inception.  From 2001-2009 he was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Petraglia has conducted archaeological research in the Indian subcontinent, and more recently in the Arabian peninsula, where he is tracing the movement of early humans and Homo sapiens out of Africa.  He is presently conducting large-scale, international interdisciplinary research on the Toba volcanic super-eruption of 74,000 years ago, and its impact on ecosystems and human evolution. His research interests include the evolution of cognition and the evolution of modern human behaviour.

Publications: 

Boivin, N., Hampson, J., Blinkhorn, J., Korisettar, R., Petraglia, M., 2009. Re-examining rock art studies in India: A case study from Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh. In: Paddayya, K., Joglekar, P.P., Basa, K.K., Sewant, R., (Eds.), Recent Research Trends in South Asian Archaeology. Pune, Deccan, pp 261-278.

Clarkson, C., Petraglia, M., Korisettar, R., Haslam, M., Boivin, N., Crowther, A., Ditchfield, P., Fuller, D., Miracle, P., Harris, C., Connell, K., James, H, Koshy, J., 2009. The longest enduring microlithic sequence in India: 35 000 years of modern human occupation and change at the Jwalapuram Locality 9 rockshelter. Antiquity 83, 326-348.

Clarkson, C., Petraglia, M., Korisettar, R., Haslam. M., Boivin, N., Crowther, A., Ditchfield, P., Fuller, D., Miracle, P., Harris, C., Connell, K., James, H., Koshy, J., 2009. The oldest and longest enduring microlithic sequence in India: 35000 years of modern human occupation and change at the Jwalapuram Locality 9 rockshelter. Antiquity 83, 326-348.

James, H., Petraglia, M.D., 2009. The Lower to Middle Palaeolithic transition in South Asia and its implications for hominin cognition and dispersals. In: Camps, M., Chauhan, P., (Eds.), Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions: Methods, Theories and Interpretations. Springer Press, Netherlands.

Petraglia, M.D., (2009). Comment on Sharon, G., Acheulian giant core technology: A worldwide perspective. Current Anthropology 50, 335-367.

Petraglia, M.D., Clarkson, C., Boivin, N., Haslam, M., Korisettar, R., Chaubey, G., Ditchfield, P., Fuller, D., James, H., Jones, S., Kivisild, T., Koshy, J., Lahr, M.M., Metspalu, M., Roberts, R., Arnold, L., 2009. Population increase and environmental deterioration correspond with microlithic innovations in South Asia ca. 35,000 years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106, 12261-12266.

Petraglia, M.D., Korisettar, R., Bai, M.K., Boivin, N., Janardhana, B., Clarkson, C., Cunningham, K., Ditchfield, P., Fuller, D., Hampson, J., Haslam, M., Jones, S., Koshy, J., Miracle, P., Oppenheimer, C., Roberts, R., White, K., 2009. Pleistocene and Holocene occupations of the Kurnool District India: Cave and rockshelter records, the Toba super-eruption and forager-farmer interactions. Journal of Eurasian Prehistory 6,119-166.

Petraglia, M.D.. Rose, J. (Eds.), 2009. The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia: Paleoenvironments, Prehistory and Genetics. Springer Press, Netherands.

Risch, R., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M., Gomez Gras, D., Korisettar, R., Fuller, D.Q., 2009. The prehistoric axe factory at Sanganakallu-Kupgal (Bellary District), southern India. Internet Archaeology 26.

Shipton, C., Petraglia, M.D., Paddayya, K., 2009. Inferring aspects of Acheulean sociality and cognition from biface technology in the Hunsgi-Baichbal Valley, India. In: Blades, B., Adams, B. (Eds.), Lithic Materials and Paleolithic Societies. Wiley-Blackwell, New York, pp 219-231.
Shipton, C., Petraglia, M.D., Paddayya, K., 2009. Acheulean biface refinement in the Hunsgi-Baichbal Valley, Karnataka, India. In: Muscio, H.J., Lopez, G.E.J. (Eds.), Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Evolutionary Archaeology: Toward an Unified Darwinian Paradigm. Archeopress, Oxford, pp 95-102.

Boivin, N., Korisettar, R., Petraglia, M., 2008. Successfully negotiating international archaeological collaboration: An East-West example. The SAA Archaeological Record 8, 8-11.

Petraglia, M.D., Shipton, C. 2008. Large cutting tool variation East and West of the Movius Line. Journal of Human Evolution 55, 962-966

Petraglia, M.D., Korisettar, R., Boivin, N. et al., 2008. Pleistocene and Holocene occupations of the Kurnool District India: Cave and rockshelter records, the Toba super-eruption and forager-farmer interactions. Journal of Eurasian Prehistory

Petraglia, M.D. & Allchin, B., (Eds.), 2007. The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia: Inter-disciplinary Studies in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistics and Genetics. Springer Press, Netherlands.

Petraglia, M.D. 2007. Palaeolandscapes and Palaeolithic locales of southern India: A consideration of hominin dispersals and adaptations, Pragdhara. Journal of Uttar Pradesh State Department of Archaeology 17, 27-44.

Petraglia, M.D., Korisettar, R., Boivin, N., Clarkson, C., Ditchfield, P., Jones, S., Koshy, J., Lahr, M.M., Oppenheimer, C., Pyle, D., Roberts, R., Schwenninger, J.-L., Arnold, L., White, K., 2007. Middle Paleolithic assemblages from the Indian subcontinent before and after the Toba super-eruption. Science 317, 114-116.

Petraglia, M.D., 2007. Mind the gap: factoring the Arabian peninsula and the Indian subcontinent into Out of Africa models. In: Mellars, P., Bar-Yosef, O., Boyle, K., Stringer, C., (Eds.), Rethinking the Human Revolution. McDonald Institute Archaeological Publications: Cambridge, pp 383-394.

Petraglia, M.D., Allchin, B., 2007. Human evolution and culture change in the Indian subcontinent. In: Petraglia, M.D., Allchin, B., (Eds.), The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia: Inter-disciplinary Studies in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistics and Genetics. Springer Press,+ Netherlands, pp 1-20.

Petraglia, M.D., Potts, R., 2004. The Old World Paleolithic Collections and the Development of a National Collection. Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology Series, Washington, D.C.