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Matt Pope
  • m.pope@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4755
  • Internal: 24755
  • Room 617A
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Matthew Pope

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the evolutionary context and development of human behaviour as a technology-assisted, social predator within high levels of social co-operation. In particular I am interested in early human adaptations to north European environments and responses to long and short-term climate change.  I utilize technological, taphonomic, geoarchaeological and experimental approaches to the archaeology of early human origins.

Currently my research is focused on:

  • Neanderthal adaptations to landscape and climate variability: including use of home-bases and hunting strategies.
  • The development and use of early hunting weaponry by Neanderthal and other early human populations.
  • Palaeolithic landscape records and geomorphological controls over archaeological site preservation.
  • Patterns of self-organisation and cognitive engagement with landscapes in the Paleolithic record.
  • Raw material transport, use and discard patterns, including scientific approaches to provenancing.

Research Directory Records

Educational Background

  • 1990 - 1993 BSc Archaeology. University of Wales, College Cardiff
  • 1997 - 2002 PhD Archaeology. University of Southampton

I would welcome applications to undertake PhD research with me on the following topics or other relevant subject areas:

  • Middle and Lower Palaeolithic behaviour and technology: Especially in relation to landscape use, raw materials and interpretation of reduction strategies
  • The origins of the Early Upper Palaeolithic in Northern Europe
  • Late Upper Palaeolithic and  Mesolithic archaeology in Southern Britain
  • Geomorphology, sedimentation and human behaviour in the Pleistocene
  • Palaeolithic use of projectiles and hunting strategies

Current students

  • Annemieke Milks: The Performance of Early Middle Pleistocene Weapons (Second Supervisor: Louise Martin).
  • Lesley Blundell: Early human landscape use in north west Europe (Second Supervisor Andrew Garrard).
  • Tomos Proffitt: A technological analysis of the Oldowan and Developed Oldowan assemblages from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania (principal supervisor Ignacio de la Torre

Completed PhD Students

 Kate Emery: A re-examination of variability in handaxe form in the British Palaeolithic (Principal Supervisor Norah Moloney)


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