Ariane Burke

Université de Montréal

Institution page


  • 1992, PhD, Anthropology, New York University
  • 1990, M.Phil, Anthropology, New York University
  • 1986, MSc, Archaeological science, University of Southampton
  • 1984, BA. Hon., Classical History and Archaeology


My research themes revolve around the Middle Paleolithic and the transition to the Upper Paleolithic, with an emphasis on subsistence lifestyles and human population dispersal models. I am especially interested in the impact of climate change and connections with the paleoenvironment. Archaeozoology has also led me to do research on the paleoethology and taxonomy of equids and bone and tooth growth patterns as well as ethnoarchaeozoology studies. I currently head the ecomorphology laboratory and the Hominid Dispersals Research Group (HDRG).

QCBS students

Previous students (since 2009)

Samuel Seuru

Other (co-)supervisor: Ariane Burke, Université de Montréal
(Start: 2017, End: 2023)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Liliana Perez
Simulation of the distribution of large herbivores according to paleoclimatic reconstructions during MIS 3 and comparison with hominin population distributions
Link to thesis (pdf)

Examples of species studied

Oryctolagus cuniculus
Rangifer tarandus


47- Sitwe 23, a Complex ESA/MSA Locality in the Northern Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Journal Article
Bisson M S , Burke A , Schilt F , Aleman J , Peros M C , Drapeau M , Katongo M , Kayuni M N , Museba J M , Tolan S ,
2024 African Archaeological Review (Date Added: 2024-05-19)

46- Evidence of an age and/or gender-based division of labor during the Last Glacial Maximum in Iberia through rabbit hunting
Journal Article
Seuru S , Burke A , Perez L ,
2024 Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports (Date Added: 2024-05-08)

45- Projected future climatic forcing on the global distribution of vegetation types
Journal Article
Allen B J , Hill D J , Burke A M , Clark M , Marchant R , Stringer L C , Williams D R , Lyon C ,
2024 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Date Added: 2024-04-17)

44- Anatomically modern human dispersals into Europe during MIS 3: Climate stability, paleogeography and habitat suitability
Journal Article
Paquin S , Albouy B , Kageyama M , Vrac M , Burke A ,
2024 Quaternary Science Reviews (Date Added: 2024-03-18)

43- Changes in climate extremes in Zambia during green and dry Sahara periods and their potential impacts on hominid dispersal
Journal Article
Pausata F S , Alain D , Ingrosso R , Winger K , Drapeau M S , Burke A ,
2023 Quaternary Science Reviews (Date Added: 2023-11-09)

42- The archaeological potential of the northern Luangwa Valley, Zambia: The Luwumbu basin
Journal Article
Burke A , Bisson M , Schilt F , Tolan S , Museba J , Drapeau M S M , Aleman J C , Peros M C ,
2023 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2023-03-26)

41- The Zagros Mousterian: The view from Shanidar Cave
Journal Article
Reynolds T , Hunt C , Hill E , Tilby E , Pomeroy E , Burke A , Barker G ,
2022 Anthropologie (France) (Date Added: 2022-07-14)

39- The histology of skeletal tissues as a tool in paleoanthropological and archaeological investigations
Book Book Chapter
2021 Vertebrate Skeletal Histology and Paleohistology (Date Added: 2022-04-19)

38- Rethinking the proportion of european rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in the diet of hunter-gatherers around the last glacial maximum in iberia
Journal Article
Seuru S , Burke A , Perez L ,
2021 Trabajos de Prehistoria (Date Added: 2021-12-15)

37- Climate change research and action must look beyond 2100
Journal Article
Lyon C , Saupe E E , Smith C J , Hill D J , Beckerman A P , Stringer L C , Marchant R , McKay J , Burke A , O’Higgins P , Dunhill A M , Allen B J , Riel‐Salvatore J , Aze T ,
2021 Global Change Biology (Date Added: 2021-10-06)

36- Horse exploitation by Beringian hunters during the Last Glacial Maximum
Journal Article
Bourgeon L , Burke A ,
2021 Quaternary Science Reviews (Date Added: 2021-09-11)

35- The archaeology of climate change: The case for cultural diversity
Journal Article
Burke A , Peros M C , Wren C D , Pausata F S R , Riel-Salvatore J , Moine O , de Vernal A , Kageyama M , Boisard S ,
2021 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (Date Added: 2021-08-06)

34- Temperature and precipitation regime in LGM human refugia of southwestern Europe inferred from δ13C and δ18O of large mammal remains
Journal Article
Lécuyer C , Hillaire-Marcel C , Burke A , Julien M , Hélie J ,
2021 Quaternary Science Reviews (Date Added: 2021-02-11)

33- Archaeological Survey in Guadalajara: Human Occupation in Central Spain during the Late Pleistocene
Journal Article
Burke A , Alcaraz-Castaño M , Cardineau C A , Bisson M , Cuartero F , Maillo-Fernández J M , Fuertes-Prieto N , Yravedra Sainz de los Terreros J ,
2020 Journal of Field Archaeology (Date Added: 2020-12-11)

32- Issues of theory and method in the analysis of Paleolithic mortuary behavior: A view from Shanidar Cave
Journal Article
Pomeroy E , Hunt C O , Reynolds T , Abdulmutalb D , Asouti E , Bennett P , Bosch M , Burke A , Farr L , Foley R , French C , Frumkin A , Goldberg P , Hill E , Kabukcu C , Lahr M M , Lane R , Marean C , Maureille B , Mutri G , Miller C E , Mustafa K A , Nymark A , Pettitt P , Sala N , Sandgathe D , Stringer C , Tilby E , Barker G ,
2020 Evolutionary Anthropology (Date Added: 2020-07-23)

31- El Castillo cave (Cantabria, Spain): Archeozoological comparison between the Mousterian occupation level (unit 20) and the “Aurignacien de transition de type El Castillo” (unit 18)
Journal Article
Luret M , Burke A , Bernaldo de Quiros F , Besse M ,
2020 Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports (Date Added: 2020-04-24)

30- What can Palaeoclimate Modelling do for you?
Journal Article
Haywood A M , Valdes P J , Aze T , Barlow N , Burke A , Dolan A M , von der Heydt A S , Hill D J , Jamieson S S R , Otto-Bliesner B L , Salzmann U , Saupe E , Voss J ,
2019 Earth Systems and Environment (Date Added: 2019-07-03)

28- Comparison of spatial downscaling methods of general circulation model results to study climate variability during the Last Glacial Maximum
Journal Article
Latombe, G, Burke, A, Vrac, M, Levavasseur, G, Dumas, C, Kageyama, M, Ramstein, G
2018 Geoscientific Model Development (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

27- Human response to habitat suitability during the Last Glacial Maximum in Western Europe
Journal Article
Burke, A, Riel-Salvatore, J, Barton, CM
2018 Journal of Quaternary Science (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

26- Earliest human presence in North America dated to the last glacial maximum: New radiocarbon dates from Bluefish Caves, Canada
Journal Article
Bourgeon, L, Burke, A, Higham, T
2017 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

25- Risky business: The impact of climate and climate variability on human population dynamics in Western Europe during the Last Glacial Maximum
Journal Article
Burke, A, Kageyama, M, Latombe, G, Fasel, M, Vrac, M, Ramstein, G, James, PMA
2017 Quaternary Science Reviews (Date Added: 2017-04-30)

24- Not so deserted...paleoecology and human subsistence in Central Iberia (Guadalajara, Spain) around the Last Glacial Maximum
Journal Article
Yravedra, J, Julien, M-A, Alcaraz-Castaño, M, Estaca-Gómez, V, Alcolea-González, J, de Balbín-Behrmann, R, Lécuyer, C, Marcel, CH, Burke, A
2016 Quaternary Science Reviews (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

23- Reading the landscape: Legible environments and hominin dispersals
Journal Article
Guiducci, D, Burke, A
2016 Evolutionary Anthropology (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

22- Environmental variability and hominin dispersal
Journal Article
Grove, M, Burke, A
2015 Journal of Human Evolution (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

21- Visuo-spatial integration and spatial cognition: A comment on Bruner & Lozano (2014)
Journal Article
Burke, A
2015 Journal of Anthropological Sciences (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

20- The role of spatial foresight in models of hominin dispersal
Journal Article
Wren, CD, Xue, JZ, Costopoulos, A, Burke, A
2014 Journal of Human Evolution (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

19- Exploring the impact of climate variability during the Last Glacial Maximum on the pattern of human occupation of Iberia
Journal Article
Burke, A, Levavasseur, G, James, PMA, Guiducci, D, Izquierdo, MA, Bourgeon, L, Kageyama, M, Ramstein, G, Vrac, M
2014 Journal of Human Evolution (Date Added: 2015-05-07)

18- Were European steppe bison migratory?18O,13C and Sr intra-tooth isotopic variations applied to a palaeoethological reconstruction
Journal Article
Julien, M-A, Bocherens, H, Burke, A, Drucker, DG, Patou-Mathis, M, Krotova, O, Péan, S
2012 Quaternary International (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

17- Women Who Know Their Place: Sex-Based Differences in Spatial Abilities and Their Evolutionary Significance
Journal Article
Burke, A, Kandler, A, Good, D
2012 Human Nature (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

16- Spatial abilities, cognition and the pattern of Neanderthal and modern human dispersals
Journal Article
Burke, A
2012 Quaternary International (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

15- The palaeolithic occupation of southern Alentejo: The Sado River Drainage Survey
Journal Article
Burke, A, Meignen, L, Bisson, M, Pimentel, N, Henriques, V, Andrade, C, da Conceição Freitas, M, Kageyama, M, Fletcher, W, Parslow, C, Guiducci, D
2011 Trabajos de Prehistoria (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

14- A middle palaeolithic bone tool from Crimea (Ukraine)
Journal Article
Burke, A, d'Errico, F
2008 Antiquity (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

13- Refining the definition of cultural levels at Karabi Tamchin: a quantitative approach to vertical intra-site spatial analysis
Journal Article
Anderson, KL, Burke, A
2008 Journal of Archaeological Science (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

12- Paleoethology as a tool for the development of archaeological models of land-use: the Crimean Middle Palaeolithic
Journal Article
Burke, A, Ebert, D, Cardille, J, Dauth, D
2008 Journal of Archaeological Science (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

11- Neanderthal settlement patterns in Crimea: A landscape approach
Journal Article
Burke, A
2006 Journal of Anthropological Archaeology (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

10- Introduction to the special issue: "Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of site function and settlement dynamics in prehistory"
Journal Article
Burke, A
2006 Journal of Anthropological Archaeology (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

9- Geographic distribution of an extinct equid (Equus hydruntinus: Mammalia, Equidae) revealed by morphological and genetical analyses of fossils
Journal Article
Orlando, L, Mashkour, M, Burke, A, Douady, CJ, Eisenmann, V, Hänni, C
2006 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

8- The ecology of Neanderthals: Preface
Journal Article
Burke, A
2004 International Journal of Osteoarchaeology (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

7- The systematic position of Equus hydruntinus, an extinct species of Pleistocene equid
Journal Article
Burke, A, Eisenmann, V, Ambler, GK
2003 Quaternary Research (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

6- The Middle Palaeolithic site of Karabi Tamchin (Crimea, Ukraine): 1999-2001 excavation seasons
Journal Article
Yevtushenko, A, Burke, A, Ferring, CR, Chabai, V, Monigal, K
2003 Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

5- The view from Starosele: Faunal exploitation at a Middle Palaeolithic site in Western Crimea
Journal Article
Burke, A
2000 International Journal of Osteoarchaeology (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

4- Paleoethological reconstruction and taphonomy of Equus lambei from the Bluefish Caves, Yukon Territory, Canada
Journal Article
Burke, A, Cinq-Mars, J
1998 Arctic (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

3- Dental characteristics of Late Pleistocene Equus lambei from the Bluefish Caves, Yukon Territory, and their comparison with Eurasian horses
Journal Article
Burke, A, Cinq-Mars, J
1996 Geographie Physique et Quaternaire (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

2- Histological Observations of Cementum Growth in Horse Teeth and their Application to Archaeology
Journal Article
Burke, A, Castanet, J
1995 Journal of Archaeological Science (Date Added: 2018-10-25)

1- Applied Skeletochronology: The Horse as Human Prey During the Pleniglacial in Southwestern France
Unsupported: Serial (Book, Monograph)
Burke, A
1993 Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association (Date Added: 2018-10-25)