Institute of Archaeology

Dr Ceri Shipton

Dr Ceri Shipton

Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
27th Jul 2020

Research summary

Research Interests:
The evolution of human cognition and sociality; the behaviour of Homo erectus and Homo heidelbergensis; the southern dispersals of Homo sapiens and the southern reaches of Homo neanderthalensis; the prehistories of East Africa, Arabia, India, and Wallacea; Afro-Asiatic and Austronesian dispersals.

Teaching summary

Module Co-ordinator: 

  • Archaeology of Early Human Origins (ARCL0212)
  • Prehistoric Stone Artefact Analysis (ARCL0101)
  • Archaeology of Human Evolution (ARCL0194)

Contributor to teaching of the following modules:

  • Evolution of the Human Brain and Behaviour (ARCL0124)

  • Themes in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology (ARCL0123)
  • World Archaeology (ARCL0002)


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, Nairobi, and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 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
2010: Curatorial Researcher - Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Educational Background:
1999 – 2008 St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, England, U.K.
2003-2008 PhD in Biological Anthropology. Thesis: Cognition and Sociality in the Acheulean: the perspective from Isampur Quarry, India
2002-2003 MPhil in Anthropological Science. Thesis: Sociality and Cognition in the Acheulean of the Shorapur Doab, India
1999-2002 BA in Archaeology and Anthropology. Thesis (first class): The Evolution of the Brain and Behaviour in the genus Homo