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Prof James Steele
Appointment
  • Professor of Archaeology
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Research Groups
Research Summary

My research focuses on the evolution of speech, and on large-scale human population dispersals. I am currently working on experimental approaches to cultural transmission, and am collaborating on models of population dispersal and innovation diffusion in several case studies.

Recent Projects

Learning to be Human (Leverhulme Trust funded project, 2010-2013; Co-PI, lead PI BruceBradley)

AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity (2006-2011; Centre Director; see Project pages linked from my Person Profile)

HANDTOMOUTH (2006-2009; Co-ordinator; EC FP6 Nest Pathfinder project)

Teaching Summary

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL1017 People and Environments

Course Co-ordinator: ARCLG183 Evolution of Human Cognition

Current Research Students:

Fabio Silva, Ph.D. (Astrophysics) - 'Modeling anatomically modern human dispersals by fitting analytical and numerical predictions to the archaeological and fossil records'

Past Research Students:

Thembi Russell (PhD awarded 2002, Uni. of  Southampton)

James Carey (MPhil awarded 2003, Uni. of Southampton)

Katharine MacDonald (PhD awarded 2003, Uni. of Southampton)

Chris Duke (PhD awarded 2004, Uni. of Southampton)

Carina Buckley (PhD awarded 2006, Uni. of Southampton)

Hilary Snelling (PhD awarded 2008, Uni. of  Southampton)

Natalie Uomini (PhD awarded 2008, Uni. of Southampton)

Stuart Page (PhD awarded 2015, UCL)

Appointments
01-JUL-2005 – 31-DEC-2005 Reader in Archaeology Archaeology University of Southampton, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2003 – 30-JUN-2005 Senior Lecturer in Archaeology Archaeology University of Southampton, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1998 – 30-JUN-2003 Lecturer in Archaeology Archaeology University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1993 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Archaeology University of Southampton
1986 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Archaeology University of Southampton
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