jg1103 [at] york.ac.uk
Early prehistory, cognitive evolution, landscape archaeology
Having undertaken a degree in archaeology at the University of York, I am now studying an MSc in Early Prehistory here. This course covers the Palaeolithic, moving from the evolutionary origins of the homo genus to hunter-gatherer life among humans living in glacial Europe. When I started my BA, I was new to archaeology, having applied for history, but I soon realised that it is actually more the sort of thing what I wanted to do. As well as the Palaeolithic, I am generally interested in the whole of prehistory. My main area of interest is in the evolution of human ways of thinking, especially the development of our unique sociality. My dissertation will focus on the evolution of self-restraint, while my undergraduate dissertation used GIS to look at the development of mass-gathering practices in the Neolithic-Iron Age Fens.