Dr. Stephen Shennan is Professor of Theoretical Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where he was Director from 2005 to 2014. He did his undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, where he also did his PhD, supervised by David Clarke, author of Analytical Archaeology. After Cambridge he held teaching positions at the University of Southampton before moving to University College London in 1996. He is a specialist in European prehistory but since the late 1980s his interests have been mainly focussed on exploring the use of method and theory from the study of biological evolution to understanding cultural stability and change, with a particular focus on the role of demographic factors. He has published over 120 papers and over 20 authored and edited books, including Quantifying Archaeology (2nd edition 1997), Genes, Memes and Human History (2002), Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution (edited, 2009), and Connecting Networks: characterising contact by measuring lithic exchange in the European Neolithic (2015, co-edited with Tim Kerig). From 2010 to 2015 he held a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for the project Cultural Evolution of Neolithic Europe. This provided the foundation for his latest single-authored book, The First Farmers of Europe: an Evolutionary Perspective (Cambridge University Press 2018). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Academia Europaea; he received the Rivers Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2010 and a Shanghai Archaeological Forum Research Award in 2015 for his ERC project.
As a member of the advisory board, Dr. Shennan will provide BAP researchers with external strategic guidance about both the academic and administrative aspects of running the project.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Cultural evolution, Prehistoric demography, Human behavioural ecology, European Neolithic and Bronze Age, Evolutionary approaches to the study of social and economic changeRecent BAP-related Publications & News