Dr Tomos Proffitt

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Primate Archaeology Group

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Fax: +44 (0)1865 285220

E-mail: tomos.proffitt@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests

My main research interest is in the Early Stone Age archaeology and lithic technology of East Africa. My Current research focuses, as a member of the ERC funded Primate Archaeology Group, on conducting lithic analyses of non-human tool using primate lithic assemblages (chimpanzee, capuchin and macaque), to better understand inter-species tool use and production variability, as well as developing insights into the emergence of hominin lithic technology. I am also interested in the application of experimental archaeological methods in the study of Plio/Pleistocene stone tool assemblages.

Lithic Technology, Experimental Archaeology, Human Evolution, Primate stone tool production and use, African Prehistory, 3D Modelling of archaeological data.

Primary Geographic Areas

East Africa

Brazil

Ivory Coast

Education

2012-2016: PhD in Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Thesis Title: “A technological analysis of the Oldowan and Developed Oldowan assemblages from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania”

2011-2012: MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Thesis Title: “A lithic analysis of level N31C of the Magdalenian rock shelter of Buendia, Spain”

Publications

2015

de la Torre, I., Arroyo, A., Proffitt, T., Martin Ramos, C., Theodoropoulou, A. 2015. Archaeolgoical fieldwork techniques in Stone Age sites: some case studies. Treballs d’Arqueologia: Mètodes i tècniques per a la recuperació del registre arqueològic: una mirada des del present. 20: 21-40

Byrne, F., Proffitt, T., Arroyo, A., de la Torre, I. 2015. A comparative analysis of bipolar and freehand experimental knapping products from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Quaternary International.

Arroyo, A., Proffitt, T., Harmand, S. 2015, An interdisciplinary approach to percussive technology, International conference Institute of Archaeology (UCL) September 18-19, 2014. Journal of Evolutionary Anthropology.

Key, A., Stemp, J., Morozov, M, Proffitt, T., de la Torre, I., 2015. Is loading a significantly influential factor in the development of lithic microwear? An experimental test using LSCM on basalt from Olduvai Gorge. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

2014

Proffitt, T. de la Torre, I. 2014. The effect of raw material on inter-analyst variation and analyst accuracy for lithic analysis: a case study from Olduvai Gorge. Journal of Archaeological Science, 45, 270-283

2013

de la Torre, I., Benito-Calvo, A., Arroyo, A; Zupancich, A., Proffitt, T. 2013. Experimental protocols for the study of battered stone anvils from Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania). Journal of Archaeological Science, 40:1; 313-332

Proffitt, T, Zupancich, A. 2011. Macro and Microscopic wear analysis of the non-worked lateral edge of a large biface. www.archaeologicaltraces.org

Conference Presentations

Proffitt, T., Arroyo, A., de la Torre, I. 2015. The use of quartzite in the Early Stone Age at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Experimental Palaeolithic and Mesolitihc One-Day Conference. University of Reading. (Presented)

Proffitt, T., Arroyo, A., Byrne, F., de la Torre, I. 2014. Percussive activities at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Percussive Technology and Human Evolution. UCL. (Presented)

Proffitt, T., Arroyo, A., de la Torre, I. 2014. The use of quartzite in the Early Stone Age at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. International Union of the Prehistoric and Protohistoric Science (UISPP), XVII World UISSP Congress 2014. (Presented)

Byrne, F., Proffitt, T., Arroyo, A., de la Torre, I. 2014. Bipolar Experiments with Quartzite from Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania). Society of American Archaeology 79th Annual Meeting.

Proffitt, T., de la Torre, I., Arroyo, A., Zupancich, A. 2011. Current research at Olduvai Gorge. African Archaeology Research Day. UCL. (Presented)

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