Stephen Shennan
  • s.shennan@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4739
  • Internal: 24739
  • Room 407
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Stephen Shennan

Stephen is on sabbatical during 2014-15

  • MA, PhD
  • Professor of Theoretical Archaeology
  • PI, EUROEVOL Project 2010-2014 (European Research Council Advanced Grant)

  • PI, The Origins and Spread of Stock-Keeping in the Near East and Europe 2007-2010 (AHRC)
  • Invited Member of the Academia Europaea in September 2013.  Read more»
  • Elected Fellow of the British Academy in July 2006: The Academy stated: “He is one of Europe’s leading theoretical and prehistoric archaeologists. From an initial focus on the Copper and Bronze Ages in central Europe, he moved on to pioneer statistical methods in archaeology. He is internationally renowned not only as a European prehistorian but as a highly innovative thinker who has introduced evolutionary models into the study of later prehistory.”
  • Trustee: Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies (IAMS)

Research Interests

  • Application of biological evolutionary theory and methods to archaeology
  • Prehistoric demography
  • Ethnicity
  • Prehistoric social and economic institutions

Research Directory Records


Educational Background

  • MA University of Cambridge
  • PhD University of Cambridge

Proposals are welcomed from prospective doctoral students interested in the application of biological evolutionary theory and methods to archaeology.

Current Students

  • Beatrijs De Groot Ceramic assemblages as evidence of social interaction in Neolithic Anatolia and the Balkans (second supervisor Ulrike Sommer)
  • Jill Goulder Changing techniques of transportation and traction in Mesopotamia and the Levant in the early 5th - early 3rd millennia BC (second supervisor Louise Martin)

Second Supervisor

  • Renata Franco Peters Redressing misrepresentation: The role of conservation (joint second supervisor with Elizabeth Pye, principal supervisor Tim Schadla-Hall)
  • Rebecca Beardmore Late Bronze and Early Iron Age land use and subsistence strategies in the ancient delta of the Syrdarya River, Kazakhstan: A geoarchaeological approach (principal supervisor Arlene Rosen)

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