Nolan Ferar

Doctoral Student, ICArEHB

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
FCHS, University of Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro

(+351) 289 800 988

Research Interests

What makes us human? How did we evolve into a species with uniquely complex capacities for cumulative culture and symbolic thought? I am interested in how the archaeological record can contribute to answering these questions. My research is focused on lithic technology and how it can shed light on the evolution of hominin behavior, culture and cognition. In my PhD, I am analyzing expedient Middle and Upper Paleolithic stone tool assemblages from Southwest Iberia using a variety of approaches, including technological analysis and geometric morphometrics

Short Bio

I obtained my B.A. in 2013 from Pomona College, where I studied cultural anthropology, history and French. In 2014, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the Universidade Federal do Acre, Brazil. I received an M.Sc. in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Tübingen in 2021 and joined ICArEHB as an FCT-funded PhD candidate in 2022. Here, I will analyze expedient MP and UP stone tool assemblages from southern Iberia, in the aim of informing upon the authorship of transitional assemblages in the region.