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Mx India McDermott BA, MA

Postgraduate research student

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India McDermott is a Postgraduate Research Student in the Archaeology department of the University of Southampton.

India completed their integrated MA in Archaeology from the University of Southampton in 2020. After competing their undergraduate dissertation on French cave art (titled The Art of Social Bonding: Did cave art help construct and maintain social bonds in the French Upper Palaeolithic (40,000 – 10,000 BP)?) they moved away from the Upper Palaeolithic and turned to symbolic behaviours in Middle Palaeolithic. The focus of their Masters dissertation (Symbolic signs as signs of symbolism? The autonomous development of symbolic behaviour in Neanderthals prior to the arrival of AMH in Europe: A study of non-utilitarian objects from the European Middle Palaeolithic) interested them so much they returned to Southampton to continue their research at a postgraduate level in 2021, at which point they also got involved with CAHO.

Research interests

Symbolic behaviours in Middle Paleolithic Neanderthals; experimental archaeology.

My research aims to use experimental archaeology to investigate practical methods of transmission of symbolic behaviours by and between Middle Paleolithic Neanderthals. I aim to use an experimental approach to recreate specific behaviours using volunteers, including mapping out what grip postures and hand movements are used in each behaviour and when.

PhD supervisors

Prof. Will Davies.

Dr. Cheryl Metcalf.

PhD research

The transmission of symbolic behaviours by and between Middle palaeolithic Neanderthals: an exploratory experimental investigation of methods of information transfer.

Research group

Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins

Affiliate research groups

Social prehistory, Centre for Archaeology of Human Origins Contracting

CAHO seminar organisation.

Mx India McDermott
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom
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