About Matt Pope


I’m a Principal Research Associate in Palaeolithic archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

I teach early human archaeology for UCL’s Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology Masters programme as well as the Archaeology of Human Evolution and the Prim Tech undergraduate course.

My research interests are primarily with the archaeology of human origins, specifically with the adaption of early humans to northern latitudes, examining aspects of tools use, hunting behaviour and use of landscapes.

I see early human technology as more than merely tools. To me it represents the principle means by which humans extended themselves beyond the limits of anatomical biology to forge radical interactions with environment, consciousness and society.

I help coordinate three major research projects: The prehistoric use of the English Channel landscape, La Manche, analysis of hominin behaviour at Boxgrove and the reinvestigation of the Neanderthal site of La Cotte de St Brelade and other stone age sites in Jersey.

I am currently an Associate Member of the Calleva Foundation-funded Pathways to Ancient Britain team and a Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins (CAHO), where I carried out my doctoral research.


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