Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Phone:  (+61 7) 336 52922
Fax:  (+61 7) 336 51544

Room 414, Level 4,
Michie Building (#9), St Lucia Campus


PhD (Biological Anthropology) University of Cambridge (UK)
MPhil (Anthropological Science) University of Cambridge (UK)
BA Hons (Archaeology and Anthropology) University of Cambridge (UK)


2010 – 2011: Research Associate, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford
2010: Curatorial Researcher, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford
2009 – 2010: Excavation Director, PNG LNG Project, Monash University
2008 – 2009: Fieldwork Director, Toba Project, University of Oxford
2008: Field Archaeologist, L-P Archaeology, London

Research Interests:
  • The evolution of human cognition and sociality
  • The behaviour of Acheulean hominins
  • The early dispersals of Homo sapiens
  • The prehistory of India, Arabia and East Africa
  • Lithic technology
  • The nature of cultural evolution

Please follow this link to find out more about Dr Shipton’s research profile.

Research Projects:

2003 – Present: The Toba Super-eruption, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.
2004 – Present: The South Deccan Prehistory Project, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.
2010 – Present: The Sealinks Project, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.
2011 – Present: Palaeodeserts, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.


Weisler, M.I., Collins, S.L., Feng, Y., Zhao, J.-X., Shipton, C. & Wei, X. (In press) A New Major Adze Quarry from Nānākuli, O‘ahu: Implications for Interaction Studies in Hawai‘i.  Journal of Pacific Archaeology

Crassard, R., Petraglia, M.D., Parker, A.G., Parton, A., Roberts, R.G., Jacobs, Z., Alsharekh, A., Al-Omari, A., Breeze, P., Drake, N.A., Groucutt, H., Jennings, R., Regagnon, E. & Shipton, C. (In press) Beyond the Levant: first evidence of a Pre-Pottery Neolithic incursion into the Nefud Desert of Saudi Arabia.  PLoS One

Shipton, C., Clarkson, C., Pal, J.N., Jones, S.C., Roberts, R.G., Harris, C., Gupta, M.C., Ditchfield, P.W. & Petraglia, M.D. (In press) Generativity, hierarchical action and recursion in the Acheulean to Middle Palaeolithic transition: a perspective from the Son Valley, India.  Journal of Human Evolution

Jennings, R.P., Shipton, C., Al-Omari, A., Alsharekh, A.M., Crassard, R., Groucutt, H., & Petraglia, M. (In press) A spatial rock art survey of four jebels at Jubbah Oasis, Saudi Arabia.  Antiquity

Shipton, C. & Petraglia, M. (In press) Lower Palaeolithic of the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent: Geography and Culture.  In: Smith, C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology.  New York: Springer.

Shipton, C. (2013) Kenyan Stone Age: The Louis Leakey Collection.  In Hicks, D. & Stevenson, A. (eds.) The Museum as Field Site: Characterizing the World Archaeology Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, pp. 35-51.  Oxford: Archaeopress,

Shipton, C.  (2013) A million years of hominin sociality and cognition: Acheulean bifaces in the Hunsgi-Baichbal Valley, India.  Oxford: Archaeopress (British Archaeological Reports).

Petraglia, M., Alsharekh, A., Breeze, P., Clarkson, C., Crassard, R., Drake, N., Groucutt, H., Jennings, R., Parker, A., Parton, A., Roberts, R., Shipton, C., Matheson, C., al-Omari, A., Veall, M. (2012) Hominin Dispersal into the Nefud Desert and Middle Palaeolithic Settlement along the Jubbah Palaeolake, Northern Arabia.  PLoS One 7: e49840

Haslam, M., Harris, C., Pal, J.N., Clarkson, C., Shipton, C., Crowther, A., Koshy, J., Janardhana, B., Prasad-Ram, H., Price, K., Dubey, A.K., & Petraglia, M. (2012) Dhaba: an initial report on an Acheulean, Middle Palaeolithic and microlithic locality in the Middle Son Valley, north-central India.  Quaternary International 258: 191-199

Helm, R., Crowther, A., Shipton, C., Tengeza, A. & Boivin, N. (2012) Exploring the emergence of agriculture, interaction and trade on the East African littoral: preliminary results from Kenya.  Azania 47: 39-63

Shipton, C., Petraglia, M.D., Koshy, J., Janardhana, B., Boivin, N., Brumm, A., Fuller, D.Q, Risch, R. & Korisettar, R. (2012) Lithic technology and social transformations in the South Indian Neolithic: the evidence from Sanganakallu-Kupgal.  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31: 156-173

Shipton, C.
(2011) Taphonomy and behaviour at the Acheulean site of Kariandusi. African Archaeological Review 28: 141-155

Haslam, M., Roberts, R., Shipton, C., Pal, J.N., Fenwick, J., Ditchfield, P., Boivin, N., Dubey, A.K., Gupta, M.C., & Petraglia, M.  (2011) Late Acheulean hominins at the Marine Isotope Stage 6/5e transition in north-central India. Quaternary Research 75: 670-682

Shipton, C., Janardhana, B., Koshy, J. & Petraglia, M.D. (2010) ‘Systematic transect survey of the Jurreru valley, Kurnool district, Andrha Pradesh’, Man and Environment.

Haslam, M., Clarkson, C., Petraglia, M., Korisettar, R., Jones, S., Shipton, C., Ditchfield, P. & Ambrose, S. (2010) ‘The 74,000 BP Toba super-eruption and southern Indian hominins: archaeology, lithic technology and environments at Jwalapuram locality 3’ Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 3370-3384

Eren, M.I., Durant, A., Neudorf, C., Haslam, M., Shipton C., Janardhana, B., Korisettar, R. & Petraglia, M., (2010) ‘An experimental examination of animal trampling in dry and saturated substrates: a test case from South India’ Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 3010-3021

Shipton, C. & Petraglia, M. (2010) ‘Inter-continental variation in Acheulean bifaces’. In Norton, C. & Braun, R. (eds.) Asian Palaeoanthropology, pp. 49-56. Springer, London

Shipton, C. (2010) ‘Imitation and shared intentionality in the Acheulean’ Cambridge Archaeological Journal 20: 197-210

Haslam, M., Petraglia, M.D., Korisettar, R., Smith, T., Shipton, C. & Koshy, J. (2010) ‘In Foote’s steps: the significance, history and recent archaeological investigation of the Billa Surgam caves in southern India’, Journal of South Asian Studies 26: 1-19

Shipton, C., Petraglia, M. & Paddayya, K. (2009) ‘Stone tool experiments and reduction methods at the Acheulean site of Isampur Quarry, India’. Antiquity 83: 769-785

Shipton, C., Petraglia, M. & Paddayya, K. (2009) ‘Inferring aspects of Acheulean Sociality and Cognition from Lithic Technology’ in Adams, B. & Blades, B.S. (eds.) Lithic Materials and Palaeolithic Societies, pp. 219–231, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester

Shipton, C., Petraglia, M. & Paddayya, K. (2009) ‘Acheulean biface refinement in the Hunsgi-Baichbal Valley, Karnataka, India’ in Muscio, H.J. & Lopez, G.E.J. (eds.) Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Evolutionary Archaeology: Towards a Unified Darwinian Paradigm, pp. 95–102, Archaeopress, Oxford

Petraglia, M.D. & Shipton, C. (2008) ‘Large cutting tool variation West and East of the Movius Line’, Journal of Human Evolution 55: 962-966.

Petraglia, M.D., Shipton, C. & Paddayya, K. (2005) ‘Life and mind in the Acheulean: a case study from India’ in Gamble, C. & Porr, M. (eds.) The Hominid Individual in Context: Archaeological investigations of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic landscapes, locales and artefacts, pp. 197-219, Routledge, London

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