Research papers

Due to copyright restrictions, I cannot upload full copies of most of my published papers to this website. However, all of my papers are archived at and most are archived at Researchgate. Links to publishers’ websites are provided below. You can also email me at (*replace _at_ with @) if you want me to send you a copy directly.

Refereed journal articles

Birk, Jago; Reetz, Kristina; Sirocko, Frank; Wright, David K.; Fiedler, Sabine (2021) Faecal biomarkers as tools to reconstruct land-use history in maar sediments in the Westeifel Volcanic Field (Germany). Boreas

Thompson, Jessica C.; Wright, David K.; Ivory, Sarah J.; Choi, Jeong-Heon; Nightingale, Sheila; Mackay, Alex; Schilt, Flora; Otarola-Castillo, Erik; Mercader, Julio; Forman, Steven L.; Pietsch, Timothy; Cohen, Andrew S.; Arrowsmith, J. Ramón; Welling, Menno; Davis, Jacob; Schiery, Benjamin; Kaliba, Potiphar; Malijani, Oris; Blome, Margaret W.; O’Driscoll, Corey; Mentzer, Susan M.; Miller, Christopher; Heo, Seoyoung; Choi, Jungyu; Tembo, Joseph; Mapemba, Frederick; Simengwa, Davie; Gomani-Chindebvu, Elizabeth (2021) Chronology of early human impacts and ecosystem reorganisation in central Africa. Science Advances 7(19):eabf9776. (Open access)

Thompson, Jessica C.; Wright, David K.; Ivory, Sarah J. (2021) The emergence and intensification of early hunter-gatherer niche construction. Evolutionary Anthropology 30(1):17-27.

Choi, Jungyu; Wright, David K.; Lima, Helena Pinto (2020) A new local scale prediction model of Amazonian landscape domestication sites. Journal of Archaeological Science 123:105240.

Wright, David K.; Kim, Junkyu; Park, Jiyoung; Yang, Jiwon; Kim, Jangsuk (2020) Spatial modeling of archaeological site locations based on summed probability distributions and hot-spot analyses: A case study from the Three Kingdoms Period, Korea. Journal of Archaeological Science 113:105036.

Nightingale, Sheila; Schilt, Flora; Thompson, Jessica C.; Wright, David K.; Forman, Steven L.; Mercader, Julio; Moss, Patrick; Clarke, Siobhan; Itambu, Makarius; Gomani-Chindebvu, Elizabeth;Welling, Menno (2019) Late Middle Stone Age behavior and environments at Chaminade I (Karonga, Malawi). Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology 2(3):258-297.

Wright, David K.; MacEachern, Scott; Ambrose, Stanley H.; Choi, Jungyu; Choi, Jeong-Heon; Lang, Carol; Wang, Hong (2019) Iron Age landscape changes in the Benoué River Valley, Cameroon. Quaternary Research 92(2):323-339.

Wright, David K. (2019) Long-term dynamics of pastoral ecology in northern Kenya: An old model for new resilience. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 55:101068.

Stephens, Lucas; Fuller, Dorian; Boivin, Nicole;…ARCHAEOGLOBE Project members 109th out of 120 authors arranged alphabetically…; Ellis, Erle (2019) Archaeological assessment reveals Earth’s early transformation through land use. Science 365:897-902.

Kim, Jangsuk; ­Wright, David K.; Hwang, Jaehoon; Kim, Junkyu; Oh, Yongje (2019) The old wood effect revisited: A comparison of radiocarbon dates of wood charcoal and short-lived taxa from Korea. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11(7):3435-3448.

Marchant, Rob; Richer, Suzi; Boles, Oliver; Capitani, Claudia; Courtney-Mustaphi, Colin J.; Lane, Paul; Prendergast, Mary E.; Stump, Daryl; De Cort, Gijs; Kaplan, Jed O.; Phelps, Leanne; Kay, Andrea; Olago, Dan; Petek, Nik; Platts, Philip J.; Punwong, Paramita; Widgren, Mats; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie; Ferro-Vázquez, Cruz; Benard, Jacquiline; Boivin, Nicole; Crowther, Alison; Cuní-Sanchez, Aida; Deere, Nicolas J.; Ekblom, Anneli; Farmer, Jennifer; Finch, Jemma; Fuller, Dorian; Gaillard-Lemdahl, Marie-José; Gillson, Lindsey; Githumbi, Esther; Kabora, Tabitha; Kariuki, Rebecca; Kinyanjui, Rahab; Kyazike, Elizabeth; Lang, Carol; Lejju, Julius; Morrison, Kathleen D.; Muiruri, Veronica; Mumbi, Cassian; Muthoni, Rebecca; Muzuka, Alfred; Ndiema, Emmanuel; Kabonyi Nzabandora, Chantal; Onjala, Isaya; Schrijver, Annemiek Pas; Rucina, Stephen; Shoemaker, Anna; Thornton-Barnett, Senna; van der Plas, Geert; Watson, Elizabeth E.; Williamson, David; Wright, David K. (2018) Drivers and trajectories of land cover change in East Africa: Human and environmental interactions from 6000 years ago to present. Earth-Science Reviews 178:322-378.

Thompson, Jessica C.; Mackay, Alex; Nightingale, Sheila; Wright, David K.; Choi, Jeong-Heon; Welling, Menno; Blackmore, Hari; Gomani-Chindebvu, Elizabeth (2018) Ecological risk, demography, and technological complexity in the Late Pleistocene of northern Malawi: Implications for geographical patterning in the Middle Stone Age. Journal of Quaternary Science 33(3):261-284.

Park, Jiyoung; Wright, David K.; Kim, Jangsuk (2017) Change in settlement distribution and the emergence of an early state: A spatial analysis of radiocarbon dates from southwestern Korea. Radiocarbon 59(6):1779-1791.

Wright, David K.; MacEachern, Scott; Choi, Jungyu; Choi, Jeong-Heon; Lang, Carol; Djoussou, Jean-Marie Datouang (2017) Iron Age landscapes of the Benue River Valley, Cameroon. Journal of Field Archaeology 42(5):394-407.

Wright, David K. (2017) Accuracy vs. precision: Understanding potential errors from radiocarbon dating on African landscapes. African Archaeological Review 34(3):303-319. (Open access)

Wright, David K. (2017) Humans as agents in the termination of the African Humid Period. Frontiers in Earth Science 5(4):doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00004. (Open access)

Rost, Stephanie; Wright, David K.; Woodson, M. Kyle (2017) Application of remote sensing technologies in detecting prehistoric canals of the Hohokam Period (AD 450–1450) in the Middle Gila River Valley, Arizona. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9:295-315.

Wright, David K.; Thompson, Jessica C.; Schilt, Flora; Cohen, Andrew S.; Choi, Jeong-Heon; Mercader, Julio; Nightingale, Sheila; Miller, Christopher; Mentzer, Susan; Walde, Dale; Welling, Menno; Gomani-Chindebvu, Elizabeth (2017) Approaches to Middle Stone Age landscape archaeology in tropical Africa. Journal of Archaeological Science (Special issue: Geoarchaeology of the Humid Tropics; Michael Morley and Paul Goldberg, [Eds]) 77:64-77. (Open access)

Wright, David K.; Grillo, Katherine M.; Soper, Robert (2016) Mortuary features and material culture of the middle to late Holocene, western Lake Turkana. Journal of African Archaeology 14(2):209-222. (Open access)

Wright, David K.; Forman, Steven L. (2016) Comment on “Environmental change and human occupation of southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya during the last 20,000 years.” Quaternary Science Reviews 141:126-129.

Kim, Jangsuk; Wright, David K.; Lee, Youngseon; Lee, Jaeyong; Choi, Seonho; Kim, Junkyu; Ahn, Sung-Mo; Choi, Jongtaik; Seong, Chuntaek; Hwang, Jaehoon; Yang, Hyemin; Yang, Jiwon (2016) AMS dates from two archaeological sites of Korea: Blind tests. Radiocarbon 58(1):1-16.

Wright, David K.; Forman, Steven L.; Kiura, Purity; Bloszies, Christopher; Beyin, Ammanuel (2015) Lakeside view: Socio-cultural responses to changing water levels of Lake Turkana, Kenya. African Archaeological Review (Special issue: New Environmental Research and Techniques in Africa; Roderick McIntosh, Jean Maley, and Robert Vernet, [Eds.]) 32(2):335-367. (Open access)

Bloszies, Christopher; Forman, Steven L.; Wright, David K. (2015) Water level history for Lake Turkana, Kenya in the past 15,000 years and a variable transition from the African Humid Period to Holocene aridity. Global and Planetary Change 132:64-76.

Wright, David K.; MacEachern, Scott; Lee, Jaeyong (2014) Analysis of feature intervisibility and cumulative visibility using GIS, Bayesian and spatial statistics: A study from the Mandara Mountains, northern Cameroon. PLOS ONE 9(11):e112191. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112191. (Open access)

Wright, David K.; McGowan, Kevin P.; Flynn, Christopher; Stretton, Sean; Prchal, Marcy; Brannock-Gaul, Susan (2014) A geo-historical study of site formation at a 19th century farmstead in Lake County, Illinois. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 18(4):726-751.

Forman, Steven L.; Wright, David K.; Bloszies, Christopher (2014) Variations in water level for Lake Turkana in the past 8500 years near Mt. Porr, Kenya and the transition from the African Humid Period to Holocene aridity. Quaternary Science Reviews 97:84-101.

Wright, David K.; Thompson, Jessica C.; Mackay, Alex; Welling, Menno; Forman, Steven L.; Price, Gilbert; Zhao, Jian-xin; Cohen, Andrew S.; Malijani, Oris; Gomani-Chindebvu, Elizabeth (2014) Renewed geoarchaeological investigations of the “Elephant Butchery Site” at Mwanganda’s Village, Karonga, Malawi. Geoarchaeology 29(2):98-120.

Wright, David K.; Darling, J. Andrew; Lewis, Barnaby V.; Fertelmes, Craig M.; Loendorf, Chris; Williams, Leroy; Woodson, M. Kyle (2013) The anthropology of dust: Community responses to wind-blown sediments within the Middle Gila River Valley, Arizona. Human Ecology 41(3): 423-435.

Wright, David K.; Waters, Michael R.; Loendorf, Chris; Woodson, M. Kyle; Miles, Wesley D.; Darling, J. Andrew (2013) Late Archaic wells on the Gila River Indian Community, Arizona. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(1):45-57.

Thompson, Jessica C.; Mackay, Alex; Wright, David K.; Welling, Menno; Greaves, Amanda; Gomani-Chindebvu, Elizabeth; Simengewa, Davie (2012) Renewed investigations into the Middle Stone Age of northern Malawi. Quaternary International 270:129-139.

Wright, David K.; Forman, Steven L.; Waters, Michael R.; Ravesloot, John C. (2011) Holocene eolian activity as a proxy for broad-scale landscape change on the middle Gila River, Arizona. Quaternary Research 76:10-21.

Wright, David K. (2011) Frontier animal husbandry in the Northeast and East African Neolithic: A multiproxy paleoenvironmental and paleodemographic study. Journal of Anthropological Research 67(2):213-244.

Miles, Wesley D.; Wright, David K.; Woodson, M. Kyle (2010) Hohokam irrigated fields near Upper Santan Village on the Gila River. Journal of Arizona Archaeology 1(1):20-32.

Wright, David K.; Forman, Steven L.; Kusimba, Chapurukha M.; Pierson, James; Gomez, Jeanette; Tattersfield, Peter (2007) Stratigraphic and geochronological context of human habitation along the Galana River, Kenya. Geoarchaeology 22(7):709-730.

Wright, David K. (2007) Tethered mobility and riparian resource exploitation among Neolithic hunters and herders in the Galana River Basin, Kenyan Coastal Lowlands. Environmental Archaeology 12(1):25-47.

Booth, Robert K.; Jackson, Stephen T.; Forman, Steven L.; Kutzbach, John E.; Bettis, E. A.; Kreig, Joseph; Wright, David K. (2005) A severe centennial-scale drought in midcontinental North America 4200 years ago and apparent global linkages. The Holocene 15(3):321-328.

Kusimba, Chapurukha M.; Kusimba, Sibel B.; Wright, David K. (2005) The development and collapse of precolonial ethnic mosaics in Tsavo, Kenya. Journal of African Archaeology 3(2):345-365.

Wright, David K. (2005) New perspectives on early regional interaction networks in East Africa: A view from Tsavo National Park, Kenya. African Archaeological Review 15(3):111-141.

Book chapters

Wright, David K. (2021) Climate Change, lacustrine zone. In The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, D. Potts, E. Harkness, J. Neelis and R. McIntosh (Eds).

Wright, David K. (2017) East and southern African Neolithic: Geography and overview. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, C. Smith (Ed.). Springer, New York.

Wright, David K. (2017) Palaeoenviromental science: Methods. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History, Thomas Spear (Ed.). Oxford University Press, Oxford. DOI:10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.013.211.

Cornelissen, Els; de Maret, Pierre; Wright, David K. (2017) By means of example (within Chapter 5: Ecofacts and related studies). In Field Manual for African Archaeology  / Manuel de Terrain en Archéologie Africaine, Alexandre Livingstone Smith, Els Cornelissen, Olivier Gosselain, Scott MacEachern (Eds.). Pg. 34 / 237. Royal Museum for Central Africa, Brussels. (Open access)

Wright, David K. (2017) Other radiometric dating techniques (within Chapter 5: Ecofacts and related studies). In Field Manual for African Archaeology / Manuel de Terrain en Archéologie Africaine, Alexandre Livingstone Smith, Els Cornelissen, Olivier Gosselain, Scott MacEachern (Eds.). Pp. 35-40 / 237-242. Royal Museum for Central Africa, Brussels. (Open access)

Wright, David K. (2017) Relative dating techniques (within Chapter 5: Ecofacts and related studies). In Field Manual for African Archaeology / Manuel de Terrain en Archéologie Africaine, Alexandre Livingstone Smith, Els Cornelissen, Olivier Gosselain, Scott MacEachern (Eds.). Pp. 41-43/ 243-246. Royal Museum for Central Africa, Brussels. (Open access)

Wright, David K. (2014) East and southern African Neolithic: Geography and overview. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, C. Smith (Ed.). Pp. 2281-2298. Springer, New York.

Wright, David K. (2013) Fits and starts: Why did domesticated animals ‘trickle’ before they ‘splashed’ into Sub-Saharan Africa? In Comparative Archaeology and Paleoclimatology: Socio-cultural Responses to a Changing World, M. O. Baldia, T. Perttula, and D. Frink (Eds.). BAR International Series 2456. Pp. 63-82. Archaeopress, Oxford.

Wright, David K. (2008) Prehistory: East Africa. In New Encyclopedia of Africa, 2nd Edition. Joseph C. Miller, editor. Vol. 4, P. 211, Thomson/Gale, Detroit.

Other Publications: 

Wright, David K. (2017) Review of Jasper Knight and Stephan W. Grab (eds.), Quaternary Environmental Change in Southern Africa: Physical and Human Dimensions; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2016, 436 pp. ISBN 978-1-107-05579-7. Journal of African Archaeology 15(1):129-136.

Wright, David K. (2017) An Introduction to QGIS: National Museums of Kenya Training Manual. Unpublished training document August 2017.

Wright, David K. (2017) Humans may have transformed the Sahara from lush paradise to barren desert. The Conversation March 16, 2017.

Wright, David K. (2013) Bystander to Chinese investments in Africa. Korea Focus Politics Section, August 2013.

Wright, David K. (2013) 아프리카에서 본 중국과 한국 (China vs. Korea in Africa). Chosun Ilbo Editorial Section, June 18, 2013.

Wright, David K. (2012) Still in defense of evolutionary theory. Korea Times Editorial Section, June 27, 2012.

Wright, David K. (2012) In defense of evolution curriculum in Korea. Korea Times Editorial Section, June 15, 2012.

Wright, David K.; Forman, Steven L. (2011) Holocene occupation of the Mount Porr strand plain in southern Lake Turkana, Kenya. Nyame Akuma 76:47-62.

Wright, David K. (2005Environment, Chronology and Resource Exploitation of the Pastoral Neolithic in Tsavo, Kenya. PhD Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago. (PDF: Wright2005_Tsavo_Dissertation)

Wright, David K. (2004) Results of recent archaeological work in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya. Nyame Akuma 61:39-42.

Wright, David K. (2003) Archaeological investigations of three Pastoral Neolithic sites in Tsavo National Park, Kenya. Azania 38:183-188.

Wright, David K. (2003) Survey, excavation and preliminary analysis of Pastoral Neolithic sites, Tsavo, Kenya. Nyame Akuma 59:54-61.