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Dr Kevan Edinborough
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS

My objective is to develop robust explanatory models for cultural change through time.

My research focuses on understanding how human cultural complexity evolved. In essence I ask the question why "what happened when", in past populations around the world, by examining the role of demography, environment and technology from the period of the Late Pleistocene to the Mid Holocene.

Taking a scientifically grounded population-level stance, I aim for a much better understanding of the evolution of cultural complexity. My methodological approach involves securely dating key cultural traits within the long-term material record, often with radiocarbon dates, resulting in cultural models that account for the (often ignored) role of demography in human evolution.

Research Summary
  • Archaeology of cultural complexity

  • Evolution of technology

  • Pacific Basin and Old World archaeology and chronologies

  • First farmers and last hunter-gatherers

  • Chronometric methods

  • Archaeological theory

    Teaching Summary


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