Jennifer French
  • jennifer.french@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4790
  • Internal: 24790
  • Room 411
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Jennifer French

  • BA, MPhil, PhD
  • Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

Research Interests

  • Palaeolithic Archaeology
  • Prehistoric Demography
  • Hunter-Gatherer Studies

Current Research Project

The Palaeolithic of Europe: A Demographic and Social (Pre)history

Demography has an impact on all aspects of human societies, yet our understanding of demographic change in early prehistory is extremely limited. The project The Palaeolithic of Europe: A Demographic and Social (Pre)history will combine data from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and genetics to examine the relationships between demography and key cultural landmarks during this crucial phase of human evolutionary history. The aim is to understand what prevented sustained population growth throughout Europe during the period 1.8 million—12,000 years ago, and how these limiting factors varied between different human species and populations.

Professional History

  • 2012-16: Research Fellow, in Archaeology and Anthropology, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge

Educational Background

  • 2009-13: PhD in Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Thesis title: Populating the Palaeolithic: A Palaeodemographic Analysis of the Upper Palaeolithic Hunter-Gatherers of Southwestern France
  • 2008-09: MPhil in Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
  • 2005-08: BA in Archaeology, Durham University

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