Dr Mike Charles

Research Profile

Research Grants


ERC Advanced grant Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: The Bioarchaeology of an Agricultural Revolution. P.I Prof Helena Hamerow, CI Prof Amy Bogaard, Dr Richard Thomas (Leicester)


ERC Advanced Grant. Evolutionary Origins of Agriculture
Co-investigator with Prof G Jones, Prof. M Rees, Dr C Osborne, Dr N Fieller (Sheffield) & Prof T Brown (Manchester). ERC-2010-AdG_20100407


NERC. Origins of Agriculture: an ecological perspective on crop domestication. Co-investigator with Profs G. Jones & M Rees & Dr C Osborne. NE/H0227161/1.


National Science Foundation (USA). Economic integration and cultural survival at neolithic Çatalhöyük Turkey. Co-investigator with Dr. K Twiss, SUNY, USA and Dr Bogaard, (Oxford).


NERC. Out of Asia. Co-investigator with Profs G Jones, C Buck & P Blackwell (Sheffield). NE/E019242/1.


Archaeobotanical Projects


Tell Nebi Mend Archaeobotanical Project (Oxford University) with Dr Jade Whitlam


Ur Archaeological Project, directors Prof Elisabeth Stone & Prof Paul Zimansky, (SUNY, New York)


Central Zagros Archaeological Project, directors Prof. Roger Matthews and Dr Wendy Matthews (University of Reading)


Çatalhöyük Neolithic excavations, director Prof. Ian Hodder (Stanford University)


Tell Brak, Syria; Bronze Age; director Dr Augusta McMahon (Cambridge University) & Dr. Geoff Emberling (Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA)



  • Pre-agricultural plant management in the uplands of the central Zagros: the archaeobotanical evidence from Sheikh-e Abad

    Whitlam, J, Bogaard, A, Matthews, R, Matthews, W, Mohammadifar, Y, Ilkhani, H, Charles, M
  • From Traditional Farming in Morocco to Early Urban Agroecology in Northern Mesopotamia: Combining Present-day Arable Weed Surveys and Crop Isotope Analysis to Reconstruct Past Agrosystems in (Semi-)arid Regions

    Bogaard, A, Styring, A, Ater, M, Hmimsa, Y, Green, L, Stroud, E, Whitlam, J, Diffey, C, Nitsch, E, Charles, M, Jones, G, Hodgson, J
  • Cereal progenitors differ in stand harvest characteristics from related wild grasses.

    Preece, C, Clamp, NF, Warham, G, Charles, M, Rees, M, Jones, G, Osborne, CP
  • Trade-offs between seed and leaf size (seed-phytomer-leaf theory): functional glue linking regenerative with life history strategies … and taxonomy with ecology?

    Hodgson, JG, Santini, BA, Montserrat Marti, G, Royo Pla, F, Jones, G, Bogaard, A, Charles, M, Font, X, Ater, M, Taleb, A, Poschlod, P, Hmimsa, Y
    et al
  • Identification of inter- and intra-species variation in cereal grains through geometric morphometric analysis, and its resilience under experimental charring

    Bonhomme, V, Forster, E, Wallace, M, Stillman, E, Charles, M, Jones, G
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