Date(s) - March 23, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room C-249, Clark
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Department of Anthropology Spring 2017 Guest Lecturer
Patrick Cuthbertson, PhD Student of Archaeology, University of Oxford
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Location: Clark C249 (Bone Lab)
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Asia has been largely absent from discussions of the timing and nature of early Pleistocene dispersals. The record in the region is sparse compared to other areas of Palaeolithic Asia, but a lot more can be done to bring together the information that does currently exist. The focus of my thesis project has been a landscape-based approach to assess the nature of dispersal and occupation in Lower-Middle Pleistocene Central Asia. In particular, I’ve focused on mapping resources that would have made particular environments amenable to hominin occupation. The results from this project are beginning to build a framework for understanding the earliest sites in Central Asia, and also provide an opportunity to bring the Central Asian record back into discussions of hominin dispersal.
About the Speaker
Patrick Cuthbertson is a doctoral student in his final year at the University of Oxford. His thesis project focuses on assessing Lower-Middle Pleistocene dispersal and occupation in Central Asia using a Landscape-based approach. For his first two degrees he completed thesis topics on the subject of lithic analysis and cognitive archaeology. He has conducted his own experimental archaeological work, and helped others organise and execute experimental Stone Age projects. He co-founded and helped run the Oxford Palaeotechnology Society at the University of Oxford. Patrick’s primary research interests are Lower Palaeolithic technologies, Geographic Information Systems, lithic analysis, early hominin dispersals, experimental approaches to stone tools, and Palaeolithic Asia. He has also specialised in geomatic survey and geospatial data collection in the field.