"anthropology" blog posts

Barking Up the Right Tree - Updates from Deep RootsMiombo woodland, northern Zambia

Barking Up the Right Tree - Updates from Deep Roots

Professor Larry Barham provides a fantastic update from the 'Deep Roots' project, and the award of Endangered Material Knowledge Programme funding for research into the archaeological use of bark. Professor Barham and his team's four year project investigates the deep roots of increasingly complex human behaviour in Africa, with excavations at key sites in Zambia.

Posted on: 16 June 2020

Conversations in Human EvolutionConversations in Human Evolution student blog logo.

Conversations in Human Evolution

Archaeology PhD student Lucy Timbrell tells us about Conversations in Human Evolution - her new public engagement initiative aimed at highlighting and exploring the diversity of human evolution studies, through fun and educational interview-style blog posts.

Posted on: 26 May 2020

Celebrating the research of Professor John GowlettJohn Gowlett in Olorgesailie, Kenya

Celebrating the research of Professor John Gowlett

When and why did human ancestors begin to master fire? How did we come to have such large brains, or to develop language? Why did handaxes – such a fundamental element of the prehistoric archaeological record – persist for more than a million years? Do they reflect social norms or ‘design rules’ passed on from one individual to another? These questions – and many more – have been central to the research of our very own Prof. John Gowlett during the course of his career. And through John’s research, they have become central issues for understanding human evolution.

Posted on: 2 April 2020

Top Podcasts You Should Listen to Right Now

Top Podcasts You Should Listen to Right Now

Sometimes throwing a podcast into the mix can be a really beneficial tool when studying.

Posted on: 25 March 2020

The Ancestral Shape Hypothesis

The Ancestral Shape Hypothesis

Dr Kimberly Plomp, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, explores the ancestral source of a problem faced by many people today: back pain.

Posted on: 17 March 2020