Nicole Boivin

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
New Barnett House
28 Little Clarendon Street

Senior Research Fellow

Nicole is an archaeologist with interests in ancient trade, exchange and cultural contact, species translocations, the origins and spread of agriculture, and the relationship between human activity and environmental change in the past.

Her work tends to cross-cut the humanities and sciences, and is concerned with the ethics and contemporary relevance of archaeology as a discipline.

Nicole is currently PI of a European Research Council funded project called the Sealinks Project that is investigating ancient contacts and species translocations across the Indian Ocean.  The project takes a multidisciplinary approach that brings together various disciplines, in particular archaeology and genetics. This project addresses issues of food and food globalisation, and one of its key aims is to trace early movements of crops and domesticated animals.  The Sealinks Project also explores the role of small-scale forager societies in producing food and other products for international commerce networks such as the early spice trade.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

2012 Helm, R. M., Crowther, A., Shipton, C., Tengeza, A., Fuller, D. & Boivin, N. Exploring agriculture, interaction and trade on the eastern African littoral: Preliminary results from Kenya. Azania.

2011 Fuller, D.Q., Boivin, N., Hoogervorst, T. & Allaby, R. Across the Indian Ocean: The prehistoric movement of plants and animals. Antiquity 85: 544-558.

2009 Chen, S., Lin, B-Z., Baig, M., Mitra, B., Lopes, R.J., Santos, A.M., Magee, D.A., Asevedo, M., Tarraso, P., Sasazaki, S., Ostrowski, S., Mahgoub, O., Chaudhuri, T.K., Zhang, Y., Royo, L.J., Goyache, F., Luikart, G., Boivin, N., Fuller, D.Q., Mannen, H., Bradley, D.G. & Beja-Pereira, A. Zebu are the exclusive legacy of the South Asian Neolithic. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27(1): 1-6.

2009 Boivin, N. & Fuller, D.Q. Shell middens, ships and seeds: Exploring coastal subsistence, maritime trade and the dispersal of domesticates in and around the ancient Arabian peninsula. Journal of World Prehistory 22: 113-180.

2009 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. 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(1-2): 119-166.

2008  Boivin, N., Fuller, D., Korisettar, R. & Petraglia, M. First farmers in south India: The role of internal processes and external influences in the emergence of the earliest settled societies. Pragdhara 18: 179-200.

2007 Fuller, D.Q., Boivin, N. & Korisettar, R. Dating the Neolithic of South India: New radiometric evidence for key economic, social and ritual transformations. Antiquity 81: 755-778.

2006 Boivin, N., Korisettar, R. & Fuller, D. Further research on the Southern Neolithic and the Ashmound Tradition: The Sanganakallu-Kupgal Archaeological Research Project interim report. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in History and Archaeology 2(1): 63-92.

2005 Boivin, N. Fire, cattle and domestication in prehistoric India: Report on the 2004 Southern Neolithic conference in Cambridge. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in History and Archaeology 1(2): 149-152.

2004  Boivin, N. Landscape and cosmology in the south Indian Neolithic: New perspectives on the Deccan ashmounds. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 14(02): 235-257. 


In press Boivin, N. The domestication of difference:  Globalisation, hybridity and material culture in archaeological perspective.

In Archaeology, Syncretism, Creolisation, ed. T. Clack. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

In press Fuller, D.Q., Boivin, N., Castillo, C., Hoogervorst, T. & R. Allaby. The archaeobiology of Indian Ocean translocations:  Current outlines of cultural exchanges by proto-historic seafarers. Maritime Archaeology, ed. S. Tripathi.

2009 Boivin, N., Blench, R. & Fuller, D. Archaeological, linguistic and historical sources on ancient seafaring: A multidisciplinary approach to the study of early maritime contact and exchange in the Arabian peninsula.  In The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia, eds. M. Petraglia & J. Rose, pp. 251-278. New York: Springer.

2009 Fuller, D.Q & Boivin, N. Crops, cattle and commensals across the Indian Ocean: Current and potential archaeobiological evidence.  In Etudes Océan Indien n° 42/43: Plantes et Sociétés. Paris : Centre d’Études et de Recherche sur L’ Océan Indien Occidental (CEROI).