Tomos Proffitt

Researcher, 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

ORCID: 0000-0003-1428-2013

Associated Researcher – Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Research Interests

I am a Palaeolithic archaeologist interested in technology and how it shapes behaviour. Specifically my research focuses on how and when the first technology emerged in our linegae, how and why it developed and varied over time and how it was made and used. To these ends, I focus on traditional archaeological techniques such as excavation, lithic analysis and GIS, as well as experimental archaeology and primate archaeology  I am currently invovled in research in Brazil, East and West Africa, the United Kingdom and Thailand, I am also interetsed in how new technological advancemnts can help us better interogate the archaeological record.

Short Bio

I completed my PhD at University College London (UCL) in 2016, where I studied the Oldowan archaeological assemblages from Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. After my PhD I have worked as a postdoctral researcher at the University of Oxford, where I was fortunate to be able to study primate stone tool use. After than I moved back to UCL as a British Academy Fellow and in 2020 as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.