Research Group: Social prehistory
Within the theme of social prehistory we have begun to approach the ‘big questions’ of humanity and social organisation, in part through a fundamental integration of interpretive theory and science.
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This is manifested in our work on ethno-archaeology, material culture, memory and the body, and also in theorised applications of scientific techniques and craft skills to areas such as diet, ceramics, osteology, and the visualisation of landscape and the built environment.
In the context of later prehistory we have a strong European focus, stretching from early Neolithic to the end of the Iron Age. This includes work stretching from Bronze Age Hungary, Minoan Crete, through ongoing Andalucían Chalcolithic fieldwork, to research across the UK. Our human origins teaching and research is structured around the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins (CAHO). Here research is global in extent, and focused on aspects of material culture, dispersal and colonisation, human/animal interactions, primate studies and feminist theory, and the discipline of Palaeolithic archaeology itself.
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