Institute of Archaeology


Dr Ceri Shipton

Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
27th Jul 2020

Research summary

Ceri works on the Stone Age of the Indian Ocean rim: featuring the prehistories of east Africa, Arabia, India, Wallacea, and northern Sahul.  His research interests range from the evolution of human cognition and sociality to the dispersals of Afro-Asiatic and Austronesian languages. 

Co-investigator of Acheulean Handaxes and the Social Landscapes of the Lower Palaeolithic project

Stone artefact analyst for the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage

Stone artefact analyst for the Palaeodeserts project

Stone artefact analyst for the Sealinks project

Teaching summary

Ceri teaches the archaeology of human evolution at undergraduate and Masters level, and lithic analysis at Masters level.


Recent Professional History

2018-2020: Fellow in Stone Artefact Analysis, Australian National University
2015-2018: Fellow in East African Archaeology - British Institute in Eastern Africa and University of Cambridge
2014-2015: Lecturer in Archaeology - School of Social Science, University of Queensland
2011-2014: Archaeology Research Fellow - School of Social Science, University of Queensland

Educational Background:

St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge

2003-2008 PhD in Biological Anthropology
2002-2003 MPhil in Anthropological Science
1999-2002 BA in Archaeology and Anthropology