Selected popular science and other writing


The Neanderthal Renaissance AEON magazine, March 2019

Opinion piece for Guardian on Mary Anning and upcoming Ammonite film


Ancient Neanderthal-Denisovan hybrid unearthed in Siberian cave BBC Focus magazine, September Issue 326

Rethinking the Neanderthals BBC Focus magazine, July Issue 324


Trowelblazers: Raising our trowels to pioneering women archaeologists, Current Archaeology magazine, February Issue 324


Prehistory consultant for Dorling Kindersley Big History, History Year by Year, History Map by Map.


Why archaeology needs to come out of the cave and into the digital age Guardian Science Blogs, December 

Trowelblazers: women have been digging geosciences longer than you think Guardian Science Blogs, November 


Who invented clothes? A Palaeolithic archaeologist answers Guardian Science Blogs
2012 Time is Not Made to Flow in Vain: Eternity and Apocalypse in Assynt and Mars  and  Re-igniting the Fire: Challenge and Chance in Science Career Trajectories  Guest Blogger at Scientific American


Personal blog, The Rocks Remain

Day of Archaeology, various posts 2011-2017

Creative and consulting projects


Research consultant and story developer for feature film company

Researcher for The National Trust


Project director and creative collaborator for Raising Horizons exhibition (on behalf of TrowelBlazers).


Led Women Write Science workshop for British Science Week (British Science Foundation).

Consultant for Time STEAM project with Dr P. Hommel, Oxford University, building new networks for embedding prehistory teaching within UK primary curriculum.

Consultant for Heart(h) project to connect The School of Archaeology with the Oxford Playhouse theatre in exploring performative aspects of prehistoric craft and materials (with Dr Pete Hommel, funded by TORCH).

Interview for Stefan Milo history and anthropology YouTube channel.

Interview for Beatrice Hillman, novelist


Designed panels for National Trust at Avebury's Breaking Ground exhibition (on behalf of TrowelBlazers)

Public communications


Guest on BBC podcast with Greg Jenner and Tim Minchin You're Dead To Me


Interviews and comments in media concerning archaeological discoveries e.g. The Times, The Atlantic, RealClear Life


Guest on The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry, BBC Radio 4

Guest on podcast Science for the People

Panellist at PopPalaeo exhibition and public discussion event

Featured in Cosmic Superheroes portrait exhibition.


Invited panellist at British Science Festival


Profiled in Cosmos Magazine



Scientific committee for SETI session at 43rd COSPAR Assembly (Committee on Space Research) Finding Life beyond Earth: Modern methods for technosignature searches

2018 Invited member of Anthropology Working Group for Breakthrough Listen project.

2016-18 Fellow of Society of Antiquities

2013-2015 Université de Bordeaux, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship

2013-11 University of Manchester, Honorary Research Fellow

2005-2012 Various seminars, invited lectures at Universities of Bristol, Derby, Chester, Sheffield.


PhD, University of Sheffield, 2010

MA Archaeology of Human Origins, University of Southampton, 2004

BA Archaeology, 2003

Academic publications (since 2015)

Hassett, B., Herridge, V., Wragg Sykes, R.M. and Pilaar Birch, S. 2018. TrowelBlazers: Accidentally crowdsourcing an archive of women in archaeology, In: Apaydin, V. and Johnston, J. (eds) Increasing Heritage Awareness through Participatory Public Archaeology. Springer.


Wragg-Sykes, R.M., Delvigne, V., Fernandes, P., Piboule, M., Lafarge, A., Defive, E., Raynal, J.P., 2017. “Undatable, unattractive, redundant”? The Rapavi silcrete source, Saint-Pierre-Eynac (Haute-Loire, France): challenges studying a prehistoric quarry-workshop in the Massif Central mountains. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports.


Wragg Sykes, R.M. and Will, Manuel. 2017. Guest Editorial – Silcrete as a lithic raw material in global context: geology, sourcing and prehistoric techno-economics. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.


Wragg Sykes, R.M. 2017. Isolation, Exploration or Seasonal Migration? Investigating technological organisation in the Late Middle Palaeolithic of Britain during Marine Isotope Stage 3. In Lithic Technological Organization and Paleoenvironmental Change. (Eds. E. N. Robinson, F. Sellet). Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation. Springer. 

Wragg Sykes, R.M. 2017. Neanderthals in the Outermost West: technological adaptation in the Late Middle Palaeolithic (re)-colonization of Britain, Marine Isotope Stage 4/3. Quaternary International.

Delvigne, V., Fernandes, P., Piboule, M., Chomette, D., Defive, E., Lafarge, A., Liabeuf, R., Moncel, M-H., Wragg Sykes, R., Raynal, J.P. 2016. Circulation du silex barrémo-bédoulien depuis le Paléolithique moyen de Vivarais en Velay par les monts du Mézenc. Ardeche Archeologie 33, 11-18


Ruebens, K and Wragg Sykes, R.M. 2016. Spatio-temporal variation in Late Middle Palaeolithic Neanderthal behaviour: British bout coupé handaxes as a case study. Quaternary International.


Wragg Sykes, R.M., Riel-Salvatore, J., Pilaar Birch, S. 2015. Reconstructing hunter-gatherer mobility: building new inter disciplinary frameworks in the Quaternary- 1502P. Quaternary Perspectives 22 (1): 9.


Wragg Sykes, R.M. 2015. To see a world in a hafted tool: birch pitch composite technology, cognition and memory in Neanderthals. In Settlement, Society and Cognition in Human Evolution: Landscapes in the Mind. (Eds F. Coward, R. Hosfield, M. Pope, F. Wenban-Smith). Cambridge University Press 

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