I am a Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology at the University of Liverpool.
I hold a BA in Archaeology from Durham University, and an MPhil and PhD (2013) from the University of Cambridge. From 2013-2016, I was a Research Fellow in Archaeology and Anthropology at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, where I was also Director of Studies for Human, Social, and Political Sciences. From 2016-2020 I was based at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, first as a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow (ECF-2016-128), and then as the recipient of a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
Within the broad area of Palaeolithic archaeology, my research focuses on archaeological demography, hunter-gatherer studies, and the methodological and theoretical challenges of the archaeology of archaic hominins. These three strands are combined in my new monograph “Palaeolithic Europe: A Demographic and Social Prehistory” (Cambridge University Press, World Archaeology Series). In this volume, I develop a new four-stage model of the population history of Europe between ~1.8 million and 15,000 years ago, using demography as the lens through which to examine Palaeolithic societies, and the relationship(s) between people, material culture, and the environment. Details of this book, and the project from which it derives, can be found under the “Palaeolithic Europe” tab.
From January 2023, I am the Co-I of one of the work packages within the multinational research project “Concepts in Dynamic Assemblages: Cultural Evolution and the Human Way of Being”, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Along with colleagues at Appalachian State University (USA), this work package will investigate early technologies and the continued role of technology within the human niche through the lens of ‘concepts’ , connecting theory and methods from archaeology, palaeoanthropology, ethnography and cultural evolution. Watch this space!
I am also an active field researcher currently conducting field research at the early prehistoric site of Wogan Cavern (Pembroke, Wales).
More information about my research, fieldwork, teaching experience and approach to teaching can be found on my departmental web page.
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