• t.proffitt@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4735
  • Internal: 24735
  • Room 206
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Tomos Proffitt

  • BSc, MSc, PhD
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests

Early Stone Age archaeology and lithic technology of East Africa; Experimental Archaeology; Human Evolution, Primate stone tool production and use, African Prehistory, 3D Modelling of archaeological data

Current research project

New Insights into the Emergence of Technology: a Capuchin Stone Tool Approach

This project will enable the first comparison of capuchin stone on stone percussive behaviour and material with the archaeological record, allowing us to answer: what makes human technology unique?  The project will unite modern archaeological techniques, primate behavioural observations and novel experimental approaches to
identify the behavioural, cognitive and morphological requirements for the emergence of our earliest human technology.

Professional History

  • 2016: Post-Doctoral Researcher in Primate Archaeology: Primarch Project, Research Lab for Archaeology and History of Art, University of Oxford
  • 2014-2015:  Laboratory Technician, Lithics Laboratory, UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • 2013: Field School Supervisor: Olduvai Geochronology and Archaeology Project (UCL), Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
  • 2011-2014: Field Archaeologist: Olduvai Geochronology and Archaeology Project (UCL), Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
  • 2010-2011 & 2008 Field Archaeologist: Archaeology South East
  • 2007 Field Archaeologist: Noviodunum Archaeological Project (UCL), Romania
  • 2006 Field Archaeologist: Excavation at the Khazar Fotres, Rostov State University and the Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads (USA), Rostov on Don

Educational Background

  • 2015: PhD in Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology. Thesis title: A Technological Analysis of the Oldowan and Developed Oldowan Assemblages from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
  • 2011: MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology. Thesis title: A lithic analysis of level N31C of the Magdalenian rock shelter of Buendia, Spain 
  • 2009: BSc in Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology

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