Stephen Lycett


Stephen Lycett.

Stephen Lycett


Stephen Lycett


Research Topics

Evolutionary Anthropology; Physical Anthropology; Cultural Transmission; Human Evolution; Social Learning; Lithic Analysis; Experiments


Dr. Lycett is an Evolutionary Anthropologist and Anthropological Archaeologist who investigates interactions between the cultural and biological aspects of our evolution. His main research interests are in cultural transmission, social learning, and the how these factors influence long-term and short-term patterns in cultural data.

He has an active research focus in experimental archaeology and the investigation of cultural transmission and evolution through experimental approaches. He has published on a wide range of issues, covering topics in both archaeology and biological anthropology.He is especially interested in questions concerning cultural variation and change in archaeological and anthropological data. This work has covered data ranging from the Palaeolithic through to ethnographically documented communities. Most recently, he has applied this theoretical and methodological approach to the post-contact (historical) period of the Great Plains.

He is the Director of the Laboratory for Evolutionary Anthropology and Anthropological Archaeology. You will find further details about Dr. Lycett’s work at his publications webpage.

Dr. Lycett currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Archaeological Science, the Journal of Human Evolution, and Evolutionary Anthropology. He also serves on the editorial board of Science and Technology of Archaeological Research.


  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • MSc, University College London
  • BA, University of Sheffield

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Courses

  • APY 107 | Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • APY 356 | Cultural Evolution
  • APY 494 | Our Stone Age Heritage: The Evolution of Hominin Behavior

Graduate Courses

  • APY 613 | Social Transmission & Cultural Evolutionary Approaches in APY
  • APY 614 | A Science of Hominin Behavior

Selected Publications