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Professor William Davies

Professor William Davies

Professor of Palaeoanthropology

Research interests

  • Modelling mobility/dispersal, interaction and creativity/innovation in late Neanderthals and in early Homo sapiens.
  • Relating Palaeolithic hunter-gatherer ecologies to climatic frameworks.
  • Assessing inequalities in resource acquisition and development of skills in the Palaeolithic.

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.

Connect with William


William is Professor of Palaeoanthropology at the University of Southampton, and is currently Director of Programmes for Archaeology.  His teaching and research focus on how we can explore multiple aspects of human life 120-10 thousand years ago, using diverse lines of evidence and contrasting approaches.  His research combines the social and physical environments of our early ancestors with the evidence we have for their behaviours, economies and ecologies.  William is also very interested in how we can use experimentation in teaching and research to explore the choices available to our ancestors in deep history, and also potential constraints that they had to face.  He is happy to supervise doctoral research on a wide variety of topics related to Neanderthals and early Homo sapiens.