Associate professor of anthropology Stephen Lycett

Stephen Lycett

Associate Professor
Office: Spaulding Bldg 4, Room 377
Phone Number: 716-645-8969
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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

Research Interests

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

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Courses
APY 107 | Introduction to Physical Anthropology
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

For a list of Dr. Lycett's publications, please see his CV.