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Stephen Shennan invited to join International Scientific Advisory Board

4 April 2016

Stephen Shennan

Stephen Shennan has been invited to become a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology unites scientists from the natural sciences and humanities to investigate the history of humankind from an interdisciplinary perspective with the help of comparative analyses of genes, cultures, cognitive abilities, languages and social systems of past and present human populations as well as those of primates closely related to human beings.

Stephen has been invited to join this prestigious organisation due to his outstanding contribution to developing evolutionary approaches in archaeology. He is one of Europe’s leading theoretical and prehistoric archaeologists, pioneering statistical methods in archaeology and introducing evolutionary models into the study of later prehistory.

Stephen recently led a team of researchers on the ERC-funded EUROEVOL project which provided the basis for a new account of the role of farming in transforming early European societies, c.6000-2000 cal BC.

He is currently undertaking collaborative research on two projects, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, one of which will investigate the Economics of Neolithic Mining in North West Europe and the other will explore land cover and population since the advent of farming in the Mediterranean region.