Institute of Archaeology

Prof James Steele

Prof James Steele

Professor of Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2006

Research summary

My research focuses on the evolution of speech, and on large-scale human population dispersals. I am currently working on experimental approaches to cultural transmission, and am collaborating on models of population dispersal and innovation diffusion in several case studies.

Recent Projects

Learning to be Human (Leverhulme Trust funded project, 2010-2013; Co-PI, lead PI BruceBradley)

AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity (2006-2011; Centre Director; see Project pages linked from my Person Profile)

HANDTOMOUTH (2006-2009; Co-ordinator; EC FP6 Nest Pathfinder project)

Teaching summary

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL1017 People and Environments

Course Co-ordinator: ARCLG183 Evolution of Human Cognition

Current Research Students:

Fabio Silva, Ph.D. (Astrophysics) - 'Modeling anatomically modern human dispersals by fitting analytical and numerical predictions to the archaeological and fossil records'

Past Research Students:

Thembi Russell (PhD awarded 2002, Uni. of  Southampton)

James Carey (MPhil awarded 2003, Uni. of Southampton)

Katharine MacDonald (PhD awarded 2003, Uni. of Southampton)

Chris Duke (PhD awarded 2004, Uni. of Southampton)

Carina Buckley (PhD awarded 2006, Uni. of Southampton)

Hilary Snelling (PhD awarded 2008, Uni. of  Southampton)

Natalie Uomini (PhD awarded 2008, Uni. of Southampton)

Stuart Page (PhD awarded 2015, UCL)


University of Southampton
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1993
University of Southampton
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1986