Postgraduate Research Student
Christopher was awarded a BSc in Archaeology from Sheffield University. Christopher attained his MSc in Palaeoanthropology whilst studying at the University of Liverpool.
"Deconstructing a stone age icon"
Christopher's research examines the hand-axe, which is perhaps the most iconic tool of early human evolution. Despite this, very little is known about how they functioned and what they were used for. The very term “hand-axe” also presumes that they were only ever hand held and never hafted onto a handle. This ability to haft a lithic and make a composite tool, while simple to the modern mind, represents a qualitative difference in technology and cognition which represent the emergence of the human adaptation – culture. An experimentally informed microscopic use-wear approach is proposed to determine whether the later Middle Pleistocene hand-axes from Kalambo Falls, Zambia and Beeches Pit, UK, were hafted.
Christopher's wider research interests include the evolution of pedagogy in humans, the origins of fire use and the evolution of technology through time.
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).