Dr Rick Schulting joined Wolfson and the University as a lecturer in Scientific and Prehistoric Archaeology in 2007. His main research focus is the appearance of farming in Western Europe, in the period around 4500 3800 BC. The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition marks the shift from hunting and gathering to a farming way of life, but there is still considerable debate over the who, what, when, and of course the why of it.
Related interests are radiocarbon dating Neolithic monuments in Western Europe, and the skeletal evidence for interpersonal violence. Most recently, Schulting have joined a long-term project studying the prehistory of Hokkaido, Japan.