Stephen Shennan - Professor of Theoretical Archaeology
- MA, PhD
- Professor of Theoretical Archaeology
- Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MA in Archaeology
- Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MA in Research Methods for Archaeology
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0008 Introduction to European Prehistory
- Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0134 Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Issues
- Member, International Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (2016-2020)
- PI, EUROEVOL Project (European Research Council Advanced Grant, 2010-2014). Winner of a 2015 Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF) Research Award.
- PI, The Origins and Spread of Stock-Keeping in the Near East and Europe 2007-2010 (AHRC)
- Invited Member of the Academia Europaea (September 2013).
- Elected Fellow of the British Academy in July 2006: The Academy stated: “He is one of Europe’s leading theoretical and prehistoric archaeologists. From an initial focus on the Copper and Bronze Ages in central Europe, he moved on to pioneer statistical methods in archaeology. He is internationally renowned not only as a European prehistorian but as a highly innovative thinker who has introduced evolutionary models into the study of later prehistory.”
- Trustee: Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies (IAMS)
- Application of biological evolutionary theory and methods to archaeology
- Prehistoric demography
- Prehistoric social and economic institutions
Research Directory Records
- AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity
- The Archaeology of Human Evolution
- Changing the Face of the Mediterranean
- Cultural Evolution of Neolithic Europe (EUROEVOL)
- Origins and Spread of Stock-Keeping in the Near East and Europe
- The Rise of Metallurgy in Eurasia
- Supply and Demand in Prehistory? Economics of Neolithic Mining in NW Europe
- AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity with colleagues in UCL Anthropology and Biology, and the Universities of British Columbia, Durham, Edinburgh, Sheffield, and St Andrews.
- BEAN- Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic (Marie Curie Initial Training Network 2011-2015) with colleagues in France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Serbia and Turkey.
- MA University of Cambridge
- PhD University of Cambridge
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- Research students
Proposals are welcomed from prospective doctoral students interested in the application of biological evolutionary theory and methods to archaeology.
- Beatrijs De Groot Ceramic assemblages as evidence of social interaction in Neolithic Anatolia and the Balkans (second supervisor Ulrike Sommer)
- Jill Goulder Changing techniques of transportation and traction in Mesopotamia and the Levant in the early 5th - early 3rd millennia BC (second supervisor Louise Martin)
- Rebecca Beardmore Late Bronze and Early Iron Age land use and subsistence strategies in the ancient delta of the Syrdarya River, Kazakhstan: A geoarchaeological approach (principal supervisor Arlene Rosen)
- Sarah Hoile Death, time and commerce: innovation and conservatism in styles of funerary material culture in 18th-19th century London (principal supervisor Mike Parker Pearson)
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