User:Joe Roe

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— Wikipedian  —
BornBatley, United Kingdom
Current locationBern, Switzerland
Education and employment
EmployerUniversity of Bern
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EmailEmail me
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First edit2005-03-26
Edit count≈35,000

Hi, I'm Joe. I mainly work on articles about archaeology and biographies of scientists. I'm also an administrator on the English Wikipedia and was a member of its Arbitration Committee in 2019–2020. In my behind-the-scenes work I try to focus on preserving good content and encouraging new editors, which has led me to new page patrol, articles for deletion, and dispute resolution.

Off Wikipedia, I'm a computational archaeologist, studing the economy and human ecology of the first farming societies in prehistoric Southwest Asia. My homepage has more information about my off-wiki work.

I have one alternative account, Joe Roe (mobile).

This user is a participant in WikiProject Women in Red (redlinks→blue)
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This user has been a new pages reviewer for 7 years, 5 months, 1 week and 1 day. (verify)

Selected contributions[edit]


Featured content and good articles I've worked on:

New articles[edit]

Articles I created or expanded from a stub. Please note that the current version might be significantly or completely different from the original version I wrote.

  1. Titus (gorilla)
  2. Altan Urag
  3. Material culture
  4. Sintashta culture
  5. First Temperate Neolithic
  6. Tisza culture
  7. Teodor Burada
  8. Société d'Anthropologie de Paris
  9. Srečko Brodar
  10. Jorge R. Acosta
  11. Akuntsu ... that the Akuntsu tribe, victim of a massacre perpetrated by Brazilian cattle ranchers in the 1980s, currently numbers just five individuals?
  12. Indigenous territory (Brazil) ... that there are 672 Indigenous Territories in Brazil, covering about 13% of the country's land area?
  13. Mongol zurag
  14. Ürjingiin Yadamsüren
  15. Vikentiy Khvoyka (from stub)
  16. Hyloscirtus princecharlesi
  17. The World Until Yesterday
  18. Industry (archaeology)
  19. Crystal Bennett
  20. British Institute in Amman ... that the British Institute in Amman was founded by archaeologist Crystal Bennett in 1975 to provide a base for British archaeological expeditions to Jordan?
  21. Lucy Allen Smart
  22. Margaret Ursula Jones ... that Margaret Ursula Jones directed work at Mucking, the largest archaeological excavation ever undertaken in Britain, for thirteen years, while living on site year round in a small caravan?
  23. Arroyo Hondo Pueblo
  24. Nebelivka
  25. Novoarkhanhelsk
  26. Vera Markovna Karelina
  27. Paolo Biagi
  28. Zanna Roberts Rassi
  29. Stephanie Harvey
  30. Glossary of archaeology
  31. Margarida Davina Andreatta
  32. Jeanne Marie Thérèse Vandier d'Abbadie
  33. Elise Jenny Baumgartel
  34. Flotation (archaeology)
  35. Wadi Faynan
  36. Khirbat Faynan
  37. Institute of Archaeology (Oxford)
  38. Chris Gosden
  39. Peter Woodman
  40. Qasr Burqu'
  41. Department of Antiquities
  42. Department of Antiquities (Jordan)
  43. Department of Antiquities (Cyprus)
  44. Tania Ghirshman
  45. List of indigenous territories (Brazil)
  46. Tatiana Warsher
  47. Tel Erani
  48. Digital archaeology
  49. Pahargarh caves
  50. Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland
  51. List of hillforts on the Isle of Man
  52. Elen Feuerriegel
  53. Frank Hole
  54. Robin Dennell
  55. Riwat Site 55
  56. Kristian Kristiansen (archaeologist)
  57. Lesley J. Gordon
  58. Donald Brian Doe
  59. Bill Epstein
  60. T. Scarlett Epstein
  61. Bagshaw Museum
  62. Untermassfeld fossil site
  63. Howley Hall
  64. Michael Mortimer Wheeler
  65. Swanpool, Lincoln
  66. Sanjay Ghemawat
  67. Derek R. Peterson
  68. John Catt
  69. Irina Rusanova
  70. Yusra
  71. Ufuk Esin
  72. Marcel Martel (musician)
  73. Birgitta Wallace
  74. E. C. L. During Caspers
  75. Elizabeth Augustus Whitehead
  76. Sally McBrearty
  77. Andrew Hill (anthropologist)
  78. Gizzle ... that American rapper Gizzle worked as a ghostwriter for other hip hop artists before releasing her debut mixtape in 2017?
  79. Arabian sand gazelle
  80. Women in archaeology
  81. Hans Helbæk
  82. Caitlin E. Buck
  83. Angela von den Driesch
  84. Lamia Al-Gailani Werr
  85. Dana Lepofsky ... that according to research led by Dana Lepofsky, some clam gardens on the Pacific Northwest Coast are up to 3,500 years old?
  86. Andrew Woods (archaeologist)
  87. Roger Jacobi
  88. Rossiyskaya arkheologiya
  89. Joan J. Taylor
  90. Lodian culture
  91. Wadi Raba culture
  92. Anna Belfer-Cohen
  93. La Pagoda
  94. Robert H. Dyson
  95. Winifred M. Crompton
  96. Gary Lock
  97. Neolithic demographic transition
  98. Marion Stirling Pugh
  99. Vassilios Tzaferis
  100. Gilbert Kaenel
  101. Aino Kann Rasmussen
  102. Wadi Hammeh 27
  103. Hafiz Patel
  104. Baaz Rockshelter
  105. Olena Vasylivna Tsvek
  106. Michael Balter
  107. Jocelyn Orchard
  108. Dhuweila
  109. El Wad
  110. Mátyás Vremir
  111. Mads Kähler Holst
  112. R package
  113. Peter Dalgaard
  114. Roger Bivand
  115. Keith Kintigh
  116. Karen Marie Christensen
  117. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
  118. Valentine Roux
  119. Archaeometry (journal)
  120. Journal of Field Archaeology
  121. Boncuklu Tarla
  122. Tony Waldron
  123. Hasan Awad
  124. Nebekian culture
  125. 'Ayn Qasiyya
  126. KPS-75
  127. Bullshit job
  128. Dorian Fuller
  129. Edward B. Banning
  130. Trevor Watkins
  131. Kfar HaHoresh (archaeological site)
  132. Netiv HaGdud (archaeological site)
  133. Wadi Shuʿeib (archaeological site)
  134. Hugh O'Neill Hencken
  135. Boncuklu Höyük
  136. Alexis Mallon ... that in 1929, the world press proclaimed Teleilat el Ghassul to be the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah, but Father Alexis Mallon, the site's excavator, disagreed?
  137. Shoddy
  138. René Neuville
  139. Otto E. Ravn
  140. The Apportionment of Human Diversity
  141. List of archaeology journals
  142. Anthony Harding (archaeologist)
  143. Ancient Apocalypse
  144. Basta, Jordan
  145. American Association of Teachers of Arabic
  146. Archaeology by country

Existing articles[edit]

Other articles that I have significantly rewrote or collaborated on with other editors:

Unreferenced articles salvaged:

New pages reviewed: 3734 (as of 2024-11-12)


Uploaded to Commons.

Maps and illustrations[edit]

Uploaded to Commons. Many of these were requests from the map workshop.



On writing encyclopaedia articles:

On Wikipedia and its culture:

If you're interested, here's a list of other essays I like.


(Barnstars etc. copied from my talk page)

  • The New Page Reviewer's Iron Award For over 360 article reviews during 2023. Well done! Keep up the good work and thank you! Dr vulpes (Talk) 02:50, 10 January 2024 (UTC)
  • The Barnstar of Diplomacy Thank you for such a wonderful contribution. Kioumarsi (talk) 15:00, 5 October 2022 (UTC)
  • What a Brilliant Idea Barnstar hank you for coming up with the idea for Administrative action review and seeing it through the RfC process. Not only is it a solution to a concrete gap in our review processes, it promises cultural change by challenging the equation of sysop and administrator. I'm looking forward to its impacts, and I'm excited to working together to ensure it succeeds. Wug·a·po·des 19:52, 15 December 2021 (UTC)
  • The Mountain Of Crap Barnstar Anyone who climbs half a megabyte of AfD deserves to have something waiting for them at the top. jp×g 03:43, 3 December 2021 (UTC)
  • The Admin's Barnstar For taking on the challenge of closing the biggest and arguably most contentious AfD in Wikipedia history. clpo13(talk) 18:47, 1 December 2021 (UTC)
  • The Patience is a Virtue Award Thank you for having patience with my endless questions :) Tyrone Madera (talk) 20:01, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
  • A cup of tea for you! For making Winifred M. Crompton's page so fast! You deserve a nice cuppa! Lajmmoore (talk) 21:13, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
  • The Special Barnstar. A Gorilla told me you wrote most of an open letter. Thank you. GRuban (talk) 18:52, 1 July 2019 (UTC)
  • The Photographer's Barnstar. You've helped out a ton with your photos to WP! thanks! Redditaddict69 (talk) (contribs) 21:10, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Special Edition New Page Patroller's Barnstar for completing over 100 reviews during the 2018 June Backlog Drive, please accept this Special Edition Barnstar. Thank you for helping out at New Page Patrol and keep up the good work. Cheers! — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here) 01:58, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Thanks for your kind words and the advice that you provided to me related to the doubts that I wanted to clarify about the redirects and page moves. You have made me cool and happy with your kindful efforts. Thanks a lot and happy editing. Abishe (talk) 13:05, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  • k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 17:42, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Cheers! Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 20:39, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Precious #1785 for archeological culture – Thank you for quality articles around archeology and its people, such as Margaret Ursula Jones and British Institute in Amman, for Indigenous territory (Brazil), for {{Infobox archaeological culture}} and related images, maps and diagrams, for service from 2006, and now also offering admin service, - Joe, you are an awesome Wikipedian! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:49, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • The New Page Patroller's Barnstar. For being one of the top 100 reviewers of the past year. Thank you for your service! — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here) 22:01, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
  • The Special Barnstar. thank u for the information given to me. please see the question again.i will detail it more.please refer it more. Thank you anyway. jordan (talk) 14:55, 30 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Thanks for your help in the Teahouse. Regards from the Netherlands – Amin (Talk)
  • Three barn caves for the three initiatiors and creative minds behind Template:Navbox prehistoric caves‎; User:Joe Roe, User:Doug Weller, and User:Wikirictor! Not archaeological though, but wow... Tisquesusa (talk) 21:35, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
  • The Editor's Barnstar. For brilliant editing --Saukkomies talk 16:45, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

Administrator statistics[edit]

Admin actions for Joe Roe
Type of action Percentage
Deletion/Undeletion 2518
Block/Reblock 202
Protection/Unprotection 51
RevDel 39
User rights 245