Early Village Societies Research Group
About this Group
From late Pleistocene hunter-gatherer societies to the development of early urban communities, the group’s research interests focus on the origin and evolution of human settlement.
The group’s research contributes to a broader understanding of both past and contemporary societies by investigating issues of global significance such as:
- The impact of environmental and climate change on human societies
- The evolution of human foodways
- The history of disease
- The history and development of prehistoric households
- The development of social complexity
- Processes of colonisation and settlement dispersals, e.g. the spread of farming and herding
- People’s impact on the environment
- The origin and evolution of anthropogenic landscapes and ecologies.
Projects in the community
The group’s work has an impact beyond academia, with the development of public education programmes and a Visitor Centre at Boncuklu (site of a British Academy-funded project in Anatolia, Turkey), displays in a new archaeological museum in Konya (Turkey), and a Visitor Centre at the Iron Age site of Castell Henllys in Wales.