Eleanor Scerri

Dr Eleanor Scerri

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Institute of Archaeology
36 Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PG

Tel: +44 (0)1865 278240

Fax: +44 (0)1865 278254

E-mail: eleanor.scerri@rlaha.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests

  • The Middle Palaeolithic/Middle Stone Age of the mid latitude arid belt (West Africa, North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula)
  • Lithic technology and refitting
  • Development of integrated quantitative techniques of analysis
  • Early Homo sapiens intra African dispersals
  • Hominin population dispersal from Marine Isotope Stages 7 to 3.
  • The relationship between hominin demography and biogeography.

Primary Geographic Areas

  • North Africa 
  • West Africa (Senegal)
  • Saudi Arabia.
  • Elsewhere in southwest Asia (particularly Jordan, Oman, Iran).

Current main projects

  • The North African MSA (British Academy Project)
  • Palaeodeserts (Saudi Arabia).
  • Senegal Prehistory Project (Senegal, www.senegalprehistoryproject.moonfruit.com)

Selected publications

Volumes and theses

In preparation

Groucutt, H.S., Scerri, E.M.L., (eds.). Lithics of the Late Middle Palaeolithic: Post MIS-5 technological variability and its implication. Special volume of Quaternary International.

Agius, D., Scerri, E.M.L., Khalil, E., (eds.). Proceedings of the Red Sea IV Conference. Brill Publishing, Leiden.


Scerri, E.M.L. The Aterian and its place in the North African Middle Stone Age. Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Southampton.

Journal articles

In press

Scerri, E.M.L., Breeze, P., Parton, A., Groucutt, H.S., Stimpson, C., White, T.S., Clarke-Balzan, L., Jennings, R., Petraglia, M.D. Landscape archives and Middle to Late Pleistocene human habitation in the Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia. Quaternary International. 

Stimpson, C.M., Breeze, P., Clarke-Balzan, L., Groucutt, H.S., Jennings, R.P, Parton, A., Scerri, E.M.L, White, T., Petraglia, M.D. Preliminary observations of stratified Pleistocene vertebrates with a new record of Panthera gombaszogensis (Kretzoi, 1938) from northern Saudi Arabia. Quaternary International

Scerri E. M. L., Groucutt H. S., Jennings, R., Petraglia, M. D. Unexpected technological heterogeneity in northern Arabia indicates complex Late Pleistocene demography at the gateway to Asia. Journal of Human Evolution  


Scerri, E. M. L., Drake, N., Groucutt, H. S., Jennings, R. Earliest Evidence for the Structure of Homo sapiens Populations in Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews 101, 207-216 


Scerri, E. M. L. On the spatial and technological organisation of hafting modifications in the North African Middle Stone Age. Journal of Archaeological Science 40, 4234-4248. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.06.011 

Scerri, E. M. L.The Aterian and its place in the North African Middle Stone Age. Quaternary International 300, 111-130. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.09.008


Scerri,E. M. L.A New Stone Tool Assemblage Revisited: reconsidering the ‘Aterian’ in Arabia. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 42, 357-370.


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