Professor in Department of Anthropology
University of British Columbia
Richards specializes in the application of scientific methods of analysis to address long-standing archaeological debates and questions. His principal research is in the application of bone chemistry to provide direct evidence for the past diets and movement/migration patterns of humans and animals from hundreds of archaeological sites worldwide. Key areas of research are in documenting Neanderthal and modern human dietary differences, showing the rapidity of the spread of agriculture in Europe, and documenting the wide and varied range of dietary adaptations of humans in the past.