My research interests are lithic technology and landscape use in the southern African Stone Age, with a particular focus on Middle Stone Age behavioural variability and past human adaptations to arid environments. I am especially interested in using surface lithic evidence from open-air sites to understand past behaviour from a landscape perspective. My current research project uses new digital methods to record lithics in the field and generate 3D models to compare assemblages at a global scale, specifically applied to Nubian Levallois technology.
I completed my PhD in 2018 at the University of Cambridge and now hold a Marie-Skłodowska Curie post-doctoral fellowship at ICArEHB. I have led two survey-based projects in South Africa studying surface lithic assemblages. My MPhil at the University of Cape Town (2011-2013, supervised by Prof. John Parkington) focused on the Olifants River Valley (Western Cape), and my PhD (2013-2018, supervised by Dr Philip Nigst and funded by an AHRC Doctoral Award) studied the adjacent Tankwa Karoo region. My current EU-funded project, TANKwA, builds on this research by using geometric morphometric techniques to study a new late Middle Stone Age technological variant featuring Nubian Levallois technology. More information can be found on the project website: https://emilyhallinan.com/.
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• Hallinan, E. (2019) Variation and modernity in Middle Stone Age landscape use in the Western and Northern Cape. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 54(1): 136-137. (PhD abstract) Link
• Mackay, A., Hallinan, E. & Steele, T. (2018) Provisioning responses to Environmental change in South Africa’s Winter Rainfall Zone, MIS 5-2. In: E. Robinson & F. Sellet (eds.) Lithic technological organization and palaeoenvironmental change: Global and diachronic perspectives: 13-36. New York: Springer. Link
• Hallinan, E. & Parkington, J. (2017) Stone Age landscape use in the Olifants River Valley, Clanwilliam, Western Cape, South Africa. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 52(3): 324-372. Link
• Hallinan, E. & Shaw, M. (2015) A new Middle Stone Age industry in the Tankwa Karoo, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Antiquity Project Gallery 89(344). Link
• Hallinan, E. (2013) Stone Age landscape use in the Olifants River Valley, Western Cape, South Africa. MPhil thesis, University of Cape Town. Link