Dr Sam Lin
My research focuses on examining the changing technological capacities of our human ancestors through flaked stone artefacts. To understand the interaction between past human behaviour and the shifting environmental conditions, I employ experimentation and modelling to understand the range of decisions involved in the production, selection and transport of Palaeolithic stone artefacts by past mobile groups. I am also interested in exploring the effects of socio-cultural processes, such as mobility, territoriality and cultural transmission, on stone artefact variability. Prior to joining CAS, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. I undertake field research in north China and Indonesia, and lab-based analysis of stone artefacts from Western Europe.
- Human evolution and human-environment interaction
- Neanderthal behaviours and adaptation
- Late Pleistocene archaeology of Western Europe and East Asia
- Stone artefact technology
- Experimentation and modelling
- Archaeological field methods and theory