radu-iovitaAssistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. 2008, University of Pennsylvania; MPhil 2002, University of Cambridge; B.A. 2001, Harvard University

Email: iovita@nyu.edu

Phone:  212-992-7475

Office:  709

curriculum vitae

Anthrotopography Lab





Research Interests

  • Paleolithic archaeology
  • Eurasian loess steppe
  • lithics
  • controlled experiments
  • human responses to environmental change
  • archaeological survey techniques
  • use-wear
  • geometric morphometrics


Other Affiliations

Professor, NYU Department of Anthropology

ERC Group Leader, PALAEOSILKROAD Project, Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen

Associated Scientist, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


Current Projects



Maibulka Excavations, Kazakhstan


Selected Publications

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Fitzsimmons, K. E., Sprafke, T., Zielhofer, C., Günter, C., Deom, J.M., Sala, R., & Iovita, R. in press.  Loess accumulation in the Tian Shan piedmont: implications for palaeo-environmental change in arid Central Asia.  Quaternary International.

Iovita, R. & Sano, K. (Eds.). 2016. Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of Stone Age weaponry, Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology, Springer, Dordrecht.

Pfleging, J., Stücheli, M., Iovita, R., & Buchli, J. 2015. Dynamic Monitoring Reveals Motor Task Characteristics in Prehistoric Technical GesturesPLoS ONE 10(8): e0134570.

Iovita, R., Schönekeß, H., Gaudzinski-Windheuser, S., & Jäger, F. 2014. Impact fracture patterns in exact replicas of Levallois points: the first results of a new controlled ballistic experimental protocolJournal of Archaeological Science 48: 73-83.

Iovita, R., Dobos, A., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Probst, M., Hambach, U., Robu, M., Vlaicu, M., & Petculescu, A. 2014.  Geoarchaeological prospection in the loess steppe: preliminary results from the Lower Danube Survey for Paleolithic Sites (LoDanS)Quaternary International 351: 98-114.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Hambach, U., Veres, D., & Iovita, R. 2013. The Campanian Ignimbrite eruption: new data on volcanic ash dispersal and its potential impact on human evolutionPLoS ONE.

Iovita, R., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Dobos, A., Hambach, U., Hilgers, A., & Zander, A. 2012.  Dealul Guran: evidence of Lower Paleolithic occupation of the southeast European loess steppeAntiquity 86(334): 973-989.

Iovita, R. 2011. Shape variation in Aterian tanged tools and the origins of projectile technology: a morphometric perspective on stone tool function. PLos ONE 6(12): e29029.

Iovita, R. & McPherron, S.P. 2011. The handaxe reloaded: a morphometric reassessment of Acheulian and Middle Paleolithic handaxesJournal of Human Evolution 61: 61-74.

Iovita, R.P. 2009. Reevaluating connections between the Early Upper Paleolithic of Northeast Africa and the LEvant: technological differences between the Dabban and the Emiran, in  J. Shea & D. Lieberman (Eds.) Transitions in Prehistory: Papers in Honor of Ofer Bar Yosef, pp. 125-142.  Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Iovita, R.P. 2009. Ontogenetic scaling and lithic systematics: method and applicationJournal of Archaeological Science 36(7): 1447-1457.


Updated June 14, 2017