Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic
Bridging the European
and Anatolian Neolithic
Demography, migration, and lifestyle
at the advent of civilisation

Stephen Shennan

Ceramic assemblages as evidence of social interaction in the Early Neolithic Balkans

Stephen Shennan is currently Professor of Theoretical Archaeology and Director of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. His main interests concern the processes of cultural evolution and the archaeology of early farming societies. He is currently the holder of an ERC Advanced Grant, EUROEVOL, focusing on the cultural evolution of European Neolithic societies

Selected Publications


Conolly J, Colledge S, Dobneyc K, Vigne JD, Peterse J, Stopp B, Manning K and Shennan S. 2011. Meta-analysis of zooarchaeological data from SW Asia and SE Europe provides insight into the origins and spread of animal husbandry. Journal of Archaeological Science 38, 538–545. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2010.10.008.

Shennan SJ. 2009. Evolutionary demography and the population history of the European Early Neolithic. Human Biology 81, 339–355. 

Shennan SJ. and Bentley RA. 2008. Style, Interaction, and Demography among the Earliest Farmers of Central Europe. In O’Brien MJ (ed), Cultural Transmission and Archaeology: Issues and Case Studies, pp. 164–177. Washington DC: SAA Press.

Supervised projects

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