Staff Profile:Dr Robin Bendrey

Areas of Interest:
  • Zooarchaeology of prehistoric Eurasia
  • Evolution of human-animal relationships
  • Animal domestication
  • Evolution of pastoral economies
  • Pastoral nomadism
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Palaeopathology
  • Zooarchaeological methodology
Research groups / Centres:

Scientific Archaeology Research Group

Key Facts:

Robin Bendrey is the zooarchaeologist on the Central Zagros Archaeological Project investigating the processes of neolithisation, sedentarisation and animal domestication in western Iran and and eastern Iraq  ( His work focuses on the origins and development of animal husbandry and use in prehistoric western Eurasia. He has worked in collaboration with a range of international partners on projects in countries from Europe, Northern and Central Asia and the Near East. His previous research has largely focused on the archaeology of the horse in prehistoric Eurasia. Following a PhD examining the archaeology of the horse in prehistoric Britain, he spent several years working in France for the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He spent two years as a CNRS postdoctoral researcher investigating human-horse relationships in the nomadic societies of later prehistoric Central Asia via stable and radiogenic isotope analyses of horse tooth enamel, and one year researching the archaeozoology of the European Linearbandkeramik Culture for the ANR funded project OBRESOC. Robin also has over ten years experience as a freelance zooarchaeologist working on a range of sites across southern Britain.

External roles:

  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
  • Committee Member, Association for Environmental Archaeology
  • Committee Member, Animal Palaeopathology Working Group (APWG) of the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ)
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Further Publications


Bendrey R 2011, Book review of Pita Kelekna 'The Horse in Human History'. The Antiquaries Journal 91. p.349-350.

Bendrey R 2011, Book review of Carole Ferret 'Une civilisation du cheval'. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 1: 6.


Bendrey R 2008, Book review of: Mashkour M (ed.) 2006, Equids in Time and Space: papers in honour of Véra Eisenmann (Proceedings of the 9th conference of the International Council for Archaeozoology, Durham 2002). Oxford; Oxbow Books. Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology 13. p.97-99.

Bendrey R 2008, An early domestic horse find from Chalk Hill, Ramsgate? Canterbury's Archaeology: Canterbury Archaeological Trust Annual Report, 31. p.44

Bendrey R 2008, Diseased, broken and squashed in a hole: the deposition of a horse at Downlands, Walmer. Canterbury's Archaeology: Canterbury Archaeological Trust Annual Report, 31. p.44


Bendrey R 2007, New methods for the identification of evidence for bitting on horse remains from archaeological sites. Journal of Archaeological Science 34. p.1036-1050.

Bendrey R 2007, Work- and age-related changes in an Iron Age horse skeleton from Danebury hillfort, Hampshire. Archaeofauna 16. p.73-84.

Bendrey R 2007, Ossification of the interosseous ligaments between the metapodials in horses: a new recording methodology and preliminary study. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 17. p.207-213.

Bendrey R 2007, Bitting damage: investigating prehistoric horse use. PAST: The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society, 57. p.6-7


Bendrey R 2006, Mammal Bones. In, Parfitt K, Corke B and Cotter J, Townwall Street, Dover, Excavations 1996. The Archaeology of Canterbury New Series Volume III. Canterbury; Canterbury Archaeological Trust. p.321-353.

Bendrey R 2006, The Animal Bone. In, Diack M, A Bronze Age Settlement at Kemsley, near Sittingbourne, Kent. Canterbury Archaeological Trust Occasional Paper No. 3. Canterbury. p.61.


Bendrey R 2005, The Animal Bone. In, Butler J, Saxons, Templars & Lawyers in the Inner Temple. Pre-Construct Archaeology Limited, Monograph No. 4. p.64-66 and 103-105.


Bendrey R 2004, The Animal Bone. p.284-5. In, Diack M, 'Excavations at Barton Hill Drive, Minster-in-Sheppey'. Archaeologia Cantiana 124. p.265-90.

Bendrey R 2004, Animal Bone. p.61. In, Divers D, 'Excavations at Deptford on the site of the East India Company dockyards and the Trinity House almshouses, London'. Post-Medieval Archaeology 38. p.17-132.


Bendrey R 2003, The identification of fallow deer (Dama dama) remains from Roman Monkton, the Isle of Thanet, Kent. In, Riddler I D (ed.), Materials of Manufacture. The Choice of Materials in the Working of Bone and Antler in northern and central Europe during the first millennium AD. Oxford; B.A.R. International Series 1193. p.15-18.

Bendrey R 2003, Book review of: Ashley S 2002, Medieval Armorial Horse Furniture in Norfolk (East Anglian Archaeology Report 101). Dereham; Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service. Medieval Archaeology XLVII. p.396.

Bendrey R 2003, The Animal Bone. p.197. In, Wooldridge K, The archaeology of 151-153 Bermondsey Street, Southwark. Surrey Archaeological Collections 90. p.181-210.

Bendrey R 2003, Mammal Bone. p.67-8. In, Hutchings P, Ritual and Riverside Settlement: a Multi-Period Site at Princes Road, Dartford. Archaeologia Cantiana 123. p.41-80.


Bendrey R 2002, Roman mammalian remains. In, Taylor-Wilson R, Excavations at Hunt's House, Guy's Hospital, London Borough of Southwark. Pre-Construct Archaeology Limited, Monograph No. 1. p.57-60.

Bendrey R 2002, Does Size Really Matter? Osteometry and cattle husbandry in medieval Kent. Canterbury's Archaeology: Canterbury Archaeological Trust Annual Report, 22. p.48-50

Bendrey R 2002, The Animal Bone. p.91-2. In, Proctor J, Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age placed deposits from Westcroft Road, Carshalton: their meaning and interpretation. Surrey Archaeological Collections 89. p.65-103.


Sabin R, Bendrey R and Riddler I 1999, Twelfth-century Porpoise Remains from Dover and Canterbury. Archaeological Journal 156. p.363-70.

Bendrey R 1999, Faunal Remains. p.137-141. In, Houliston M, Excavations at the Mount Roman Villa, Maidstone, 1994. Archaeologia Cantiana 119. p.71-172.

Bendrey R 1999, A note on the identification of donkey (Equus asinus L.) bones from Roman Southwark. Organ 22. p.7-12.

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