Yamandu Hilbert

Function: Postdoctoral researcher

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Department of Palaeoanthropology
Rümelinstr. 23
72070 Tübingen

 Room 502, Hauptgebäude, 2. OG
 +49 07071 29-75652 


Yamandú Hieronymus Hilbert is a specialist in Palaeolithic and Neolithic archaeology focusing on raw material exploitation, use-wear analysis and human environmental interactions. He seeks to understand human evolution and dispersals through the study of lithic technology, experimental archaeology and the spatial distribution of stone tools at prehistoric sites across the Near East and beyond. As a field archaeologist, lithic specialist and traceologist he’s research focuses on a variety of subjects from ours species earliest expansions to the profound transformations deriving from the advent of sedentary life. He has conducted fieldwork in Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arabian Emirates, Germany, Spain, France, Ukraine and Brazil.

Academic Trajectory

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

University of Birmingham (UK)

B.A., Ur- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie und Archäologie des Mittelalters

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany)


Peer-review journals

2021 Hilbert, Y. H., Clemente-Conte, I. J., al-Fudhaili, N., López Correa, M., (2021) Traceological analysis of Paleolithic backed points from Dhofar: insights into South Arabian projectile technology. The ISAS Bulletin 26, 13-15.
2020 Hilbert, Y.H., (2020) Jebel Kareem (TH.68): Techno‐typological characteristics of a distinctive lithic assemblage from Dhofar, southern Oman. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy31/1 128-139.
  Crassard, R., Hilbert, Y.H., (2020) Bidirectional blade technology on naviform cores from northern Arabia: new evidence of Arabian-Levantine interactions in the Neolithic. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 31/1 93-104.
  Fitzpatrick, D., Meredith-Williams, M.G., Hilbert, Y.H., Al Matrafi, I., Al Kindi, M., Al Rahbi, S., Herries, A.I., (2020) La Trobe Archaeological Research in Oman (Lario)
  Season 1 Report: Investigating The Nature of Early Human Dispersal in Oman. Journal of Oman Studeies 21, 24-42.
2019 Rose, J.I., Hilbert, Y.H., Usik, V.I., Marks, A.E., Jaboob, M.M.A., Černỳ, V., Crassard, R., Preusser, F., (2019). 30,000-Year-Old Geometric Microliths Reveal Glacial Refugium in Dhofar, Southern Oman. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology 2, 338–357.
  Crassard, R., Hilbert, Y. H., Preusser, F., Wulf, G., Schiettecatte, J. (2019) Middle Palaeolithic occupations in Central Saudi Arabia during MIS 5 and MIS 7: new insights on the origins of the peopling of Arabia. Archaeological and Anthropological Science 11, 3101–3120.
2018 Hilbert, Y.H., Clemente-Conte, I., Geiling, J.M., Setin, J., Ruiz-Martinez, E., Lentfer, C., Rots, V., Rose, J.I. (2018) Woodworking sites from the Late Paleolithic of South Arabia: functional and technological analysis of burins from Dhofar, Oman. Journal of Archaeological Science: REPORTS 20, 115-134.
2017 Schiettecatte J., Al-Ghazzi A., Al-Hamad A., Chabrol A., Charloux G., Crassard R., Fouache E., Gavazzi B., Hilbert Y.H., Al-Khatib R., Monchot H., Mouton M., Munduteguy L., Munschy M., Siméon P. (2017) Al-Kharj 2011–2012. 1st and 2nd seasons of the Saudi-French Archaeological Mission. Atlal 24, 147–183.
  Hilbert, Y.H., Crassard, R., Charloux, G., Loreto, R. (2017) Nubian Technology In Northern Arabia: Impact On Interregional Variability Of Middle Paleolithic Industries Quaternary International 435, 77 – 83.
2016 Hilbert, Y.H., Crassard, R., Rose, J.I., Usik, V.I. (2016) Technological Homogeneity Within The Arabian Nubian Complex: Comparing Chert And Quartzite Assemblages From Central And Southern Arabia. Journal Of Lithic Studies 3 (2). doi:10.2218/jls.v3i2.1420
2015 Hilbert, Y.H., Usik, V.I., Galletti, C. S., Morley, M., Parton, A., Clark-Balzan, L., Schwenninger, J.-L., Roberts, R.G., Rose, J.I. (2015) Archaeological Evidence for Indigenous Human Occupation in Southern Arabia at the End of the Pleistocene: the case of al-Hatab, Dhofar. Paléorient 41(2), 31 – 49.
  Hilbert, Y.H., Parton, A., Morley, M.W., Galletti, C. S., Linnenlucke, L., Jacobs, Z., Roberts, R. G., Galletti, C.S., Clark-Balzan, L., Schwenninger, J.-L., Rose, J.I. (2015) Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene Archaeology and Stratigraphy of the Southern Nejd, Oman. Quaternary International 382, 250 – 263.
  Breeze, P.S, Drake, N.A., Groucutt, H.S., Parton, A., Jennings, R.P., White, T.W., Clark-Balzan, L., Shipton, C., Scerri, E., Stimpson, C., Crassard, R., Hilbert, Y.H., Alsharekh, A., Al-Omari, A., Petraglia, M.S. (2015) Remote sensing and GIS techniques for reconstructing Arabian palaeohydrology and identifying archaeological sites. Quaternary International 382, 98 – 119.
2014 Rose, J.I., Hilbert, Y.H. (2014) New prehistoric sites in the southern Rub’ al-Khali desert, Oman. Antiquity 88(381): Project Gallery.
  Hilbert, Y. H. Rose, J.I. (2014) Südarabien während des Spätpleistozän und Frühholozän: Archäologische, Paläogenetik und Populationsdynamik. Archäologische Informationen 37, 9 - 22.
  Hilbert, Y.H., Parton, A., White T.S., Clark-Balzan, L., Crassard, R., Groucutt, H.S, Jennings, R.P., Breeze, P., Parker, A.G. Shipton, C., Al-Omari, A., Alsharekh, A.M., Petraglia, M.D. (2014) Epipalaeolithic occupation and palaeoenvironments of the southern Nefud desert, Saudi Arabia, during the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene. Journal of Archaeological Science 50, 460 - 474.
2013 Hilbert, Y.H. (2013) Khamseen rock shelter and the Late Palaeolithic-Neolithic transition in Dhofar. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 24, 51-58.
  Crassard, R., Hilbert, Y.H. (2013) A Nubian Complex Site from Central Arabia: Implications for Levallois Taxonomy and Human Dispersals during the Upper Pleistocene. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69221.
  Usik, V.I., Rose, J.I., Hilbert, Y.H., Van Peer, P., Marks, A.E. (2013) Nubian Complex reduction strategies in Dhofar, southern Oman. Quaternary International 300, 244 - 266.
  Schiettecatte, J., al-Ghazzi, A., Charloux, G., Crassard, R., Hilbert, Y.H., Monchot, H., Mouton, M., Siméon, P., (2013) Al-Kharj oasis through time: first results of archaeological fieldwork in the province of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 43, 285-308.
2012 Hilbert, Y.H., Rose, J.I., Roberts, R.G. (2012) Late Palaeolithic core-reduction strategies in Dhofar, Oman. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 42, 101–118.
  Hilbert, Y.H., Azzarà, V. (2012). Lithic technology and spatial distribution of artefacts at the Early Bronze Age site HD-6 (Sharqiyya Region, Sultanate of Oman). Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 23, 7-25.
2011 Rose, J.I., Usik, V.I., Marks, A.E., Hilbert, Y.H., Galletti, C., Parton, A., Geiling, J., Cerny, V., Morley, M., Roberts, R.G. (2011) The Nubian Complex of Dhofar, Oman: An African Middle Stone Age Industry in Southern Arabia. PLoS ONE 6 (11): e28239.
  Hilbert, Y.H. (2011) The South Arabian Prehistory after the Last Interglacial: a Case of Population Continuity or Discontinuity? Rosetta 9 (5), 40-46.


Books and Edited Volumes

2020 Bretzke, K., Crassard, R., Hilbert Y.H. (2020) Stone Tools of Prehistoric Arabia (Supplement to Volume 50 of the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies). Archaeopress: Oxford
2019 Rose, J.I., Hilbert, Y.H., Marks, A.E., Usik, V.I. (2019) The First Peoples of Oman Palaeolithic: Archaeology of The Nejd Plateau. The Archaeological Heritage of Oman, Archeopress, Oxford.
2014 Hilbert, Y.H. (2014) Khashabian: A Late Paleolithic industry from Dhofar, Southern Oman. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2601. British Foundation for the study of Arabian Monographs No.15. Oxford.


Chapters and contributions

In press Hilbert, Y.H., Crassard, R. (in Press) Prehistoric survey of the Al-Jawf Quadrangle, northern Saudi Arabia. In Charloux, G. Dumat al Jandal, Saudi Commission of Antiquity and Tourism.
  Hilbert, Y.H. (in Press.) The mineral processing activities at the Mumba cave and its traces on the Ground Stone Tools. In, Marks, A.E. and Conard, N.J.: Mumba Cave: The Kohl-Larsen East African Expedition1934-1937.
  Hilbert, Y.H. (in Press.) The ground stone tools from Units III, V and VI. In, Marks, A.E. and Conard, N.J: Mumba Cave: The Kohl-Larsen East African Expedition 1934- 1937.
2021 Hilbert, Y.H., Clemente-Conte, I. (2021) Stone tool use and rejuvenation at the Late Palaeolithic site of TH.413 Wadi Ribkout, southern Oman. in: Beyries, S., Hamon, C., Maigrot, Y. 2021. Beyond Use-Wear Traces: Going from tools to people by means of archaeological wear and residue analyses. Sidestone Press, Leiden pp. 129-142.
2020 Hilbert, Y. H., (2020) The last hunter-gatherers of South Arabia: A review of the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene archaeological record. In Borić, D., Antonović, D., Bojana Mihailović (Eds.) Foraging Assemblages: Papers Presented at the Ninth International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe, Belgrade 2015. Volume 1, Belgrade pp 45-52.
  Crassard, R., Hilbert, Y.H., Charloux , G. Sahlah, S.A. (2020) New Palaeolithic sites around Al-Bad’, north-western Saudi Arabia. In Bretzke, K., Crassard, R., Hilbert Y.H. (Eds.) Stone Tools of Prehistoric Arabia (Supplement to Volume 50 of the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies). Archaeopress, Oxford pp 1-13.
  Hilbert, Y.H., Crassard, R. (2020) Middle and Late Pleistocene lithic technology from the region of Dûmat al-Jandal, northern Saudi Arabia. In Bretzke, K., Crassard, R., Hilbert Y.H. (Eds.) Stone Tools of Prehistoric Arabia (Supplement to Volume 50 of the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies). Archaeopress, Oxford pp 27-42.
  Crassard, R., Hilbert, Y.H. (2020) Lower and Middle Palaeolithic sites from the Rufa Graben, Central Saudi Arabia. In K. Bretzke, R. Crassard & Y.H. Hilbert (eds), 2020. Stone Tools of Prehistoric Arabia (Supplement to Volume 50 of the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies). Archaeopress, Oxford pp. 43–58
  Hilbert, Y.H., Lischi, S. (2020) The lithic industry from the Iron Age coastal settlement HAS1 (Inqitat), southern Oman. In K. Bretzke, R. Crassard & Y.H. Hilbert (eds), 2020. Stone Tools of Prehistoric Arabia (Supplement to Volume 50 of the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies). Archaeopress, Oxford pp. 177– 191
2018 Hilbert, Y.H., Geiling, J.M., Rose, J.I., (2018) Terminal Pleistocene archaeology and archaeogenetics in South Arabia : Evidence from an ice age refugium, in: Purdue, L., Charbonnier, J., Khalidi, L. (Eds.), Vivre En Milieu Aride de La Préhistoire à Aujourd’hui. Presented at the XXXVIIIe rencontres internationales d’archéologie et d’histoire d’Antibes, Éditions APDCA, Antibes pp, 33–49.
2016 Crassard, R., Hilbert, Y.H. (2016) Chapter 2 - The Prehistory of the region of Al- Kharj. In Schiettecatte, J. and Alghazzi, A (Ed.) Al-Kharj I, Report on two excavation seasons in the Oasis of Al-Kharj. 2011 – 2012. Series of Archaeological refereed studies 40. Saudi Commission of Antiquity and Tourism, Riyadh pp, 43-72.


Blog entry

2015 Hilbert, Y.H. (2015) Le Pléistocène récent en Arabie du Sud : questions de continuité ou de discontinuité du peuplement?, ArchéOrient - Le Blog, 11 december 2015, [online]
2013 Hilbert Y.H. (2013) The Late Palaeolithic blade industries of southern Arabia, ArchéOrient-Le Blog, 27 mai 2013. [online]


Other papers

2016 Hilbert, Y.H., Crassard, R. (2016) Upper Paleolithic Sites In Northern Saudi Arabia And The Extend Of The Levantine Up Contextual Zone: Implications For Human Movements Across The Northern Arabian Peninsula During MIS 3. 6 Annual Meeting Of The European Society For The Study Of Human Evolution. PESHE 5 (ISSN 2195- 0784) pp. 125.
  Hilbert, Y.H., Geiling, J.M, Ruiz-Redondo, A. (2016) Spatial Analysis Of Surface Finds And Their Relation To Prehistoric Rock Art At Las Monedas Cave (Cantabria, Spain). El Arte De Las Sociedades Prehistoricas (ISBN 978-84-617-6112-8), pp. 127 – 128.
  Ruiz-Redondo, A., Cubas, M., Garate, D., Geiling, J.M., Hilbert, Y.H., Iriarte, E., Marin Arroyo, A.B., Ortega, P., Rios-Garaizar, J., Rivas, E., Sanchez Carro, M. (2016) Una Aproximacion A Los Ultimos Artistas Del Paleolitico: Novedades Y Recientes Descubiertas En La Cueva De Las Monedas (Cantabria, España). El Arte De Las Sociedades Prehistoricas (ISBN 978-84-617-6112-8), pp. 39 – 41.
2015 Hilbert, Y.H. (2015) Mesolithic? Epipaleolithic? Late Paleolithic? The Terminal Pleistocene/ Early Holocene Archaeological Record Of Arabian. 9 International Conference On The Mesolithic In Europe (ISBN 978-86-80093-98-7), pp. 79 – 80.
2013 Hilbert, Y.H., Crassard, R., Al-Ghazzi, M., Schittecatte, J. (2013) Al-Kharj 22, A Nubian Complex Site In Central Saudi Arabia. 3 Annual Meeting Of The European Society For The Study Of Human Evolution PESHE 2, (ISSN 2195-0776), pp. 112.
2012 Rose, J.I., Usik, V.I., Hilbert, Y.H., Van Peer, P., Marks, A.E. (2012) The Dhofar Nubian Tradition: An Enduring Middle Stone Age Techno Complex In Southern Arabia. 2 Annual Meeting Of The European Society For The Study Of Human Evolution. PESHE 1 (ISSN 2195-0776), pp. 152.
2009 Hilbert, Y.H., Conard, N.J., Marks, A.E (2009) Ground Stone Tool Taxonomy: An Analysis Of The MSA Material From Mumba Cave, Tanzania. Hugo Obermaier Gesellschaft 51 Annual Meeting In Ljubljana (ISBN 978-3-937852-03-4), pp. 22.