Oliver Craig

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Oliver Edward Craig is a British Professor of bioarchaeology and Director of BioArCh at the University of York.

Early life[edit]

Oliver Craig had obtained a degree in biochemistry and genetics at the University of Nottingham and then got Masters of Science degree in osteology, palaeopathology and funerary archaeology from the University of Sheffield. He also holds a Ph.D. in organic geochemistry from the Newcastle University and is a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. As of 2007 he serves as a Director of BioArCh at the University of York where he initially was a senior lecturer and reader.[1]


In July 2018 Oliver Craig had partnered with Alex Lucquin of University of York and Simon Kaner of the University of East Anglia to study the pottery of the last Ice Age.[2]

In October 2018 he along with the researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and Free University of Berlin had studied pottery at West Mound of Çatalhöyük and discovered that the earliest cheese making was between 7100 BC to 5600 BC, while the site itself was from between 5900-5800 BC. They also narrowed food items to specific species, for example, barley and wheat were among the cereals being consumed by early farmers and pulses included peas and vetches.[3] Also, the pots revealed evidences of soups, porridges and various bovinae cattle such as sheep, deer and goats being used on the site.[4]


  • 2007 — Shell Middens in Atlantic Europe


  1. ^ "Oliver Craig". University of York. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. ^ "The origins of pottery linked with intensified fishing in the post-glacial period". Science Daily. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Residues on prehistoric pottery reveal secrets of early cheese making". Heritage Daily. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  4. ^ Jessica Hendy. "Ancient proteins from ceramic vessels at Çatalhöyük West reveal the hidden cuisine of early farmers". Nature Communications. 9 (4064). doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06335-6. PMC 6170438. PMID 30283003.

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