Ceri
Shipton
Researcher

Australian National University

Ceri Shipton is an archaeologist specializing in stone tool technology.  He has worked on sites from over a million years old to the last few hundred years, in countries all around the Indian Ocean.  His research is looking at whether there are signatures of early Homo sapiens stone tool technology that can be traced from Africa and Asia into Wallacea and Australia.  Ceri’s long-term research agenda concerns the evolution of human cognition so he is also looking at how new ways of thinking might have aided people as they entered the novel environments of remote Wallacea and Australia.

An essential item in Ceri’s toolkit:

“A sharp sturdy trowel to dig through indurated sediments, and a well-oiled pair of calipers to measure hundreds of stone artefacts.”

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