BA (Hons), MA, PhD
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Junior Research Fellow in Archaeology

Academic Background

II read a BA (Hons) in Archaeology at the University of Malta, and left shortly afterwards to read for an MA in Palaeolithic Archaeology and Human Origins at the University of Southampton. I remained in Southampton to complete my PhD with Professor Clive Gamble, where I was funded by a Teaching Assistantship from the University and a grant from the Royal Anthropological Institute. I obtained a six-month postdoctoral position at the University of Oxford, shortly after submitting my PhD. This position was followed by a Fyssen Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Bordeaux. During this time I was elected a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Undergraduate Teaching

Archaeology of human evolution, lithic analysis, statistics, research skills.

Graduate Teaching

Archaeology of human evolution, Palaeolithic archaeology in arid regions, modern human dispersals, Pleistocene demography, statistics, lithic analysis.

Research Interests

Archaeology of human evolution, human responses to climate change and biogeographic boundaries, Palaeolithic demography and population structure, hominin interactions, niche construction and material culture, statistical applications and computational modelling of ancient human demography and evolution, statistical applications for stone tool (lithic) artefact analysis, experimental archaeology.

Regions: North Africa, West Africa, the Sahel, East Africa, Arabian Peninsula.

Other Information

I am the principal investigator of the Senegal Prehistory Project, which is conducting the first focused investigation of the West African Middle Stone Age, the period when Homo sapiens first emerged. I am also a research associate of the Palaeodeserts Project (University of Oxford), a European Research Council funded project investigating one million years of human evolution in the Arabian Peninsula. My British Academy Fellowship at Oxford is investigating the Middle Stone Age of North Africa and its connections with sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, in order to understand the early history of our species and their interactions with archaic Homo sapiens, such as Neanderthals.

Selected Publications

  • Scerri, E.M.L., Blinkhorn, J., Groucutt, H.S., Niang, K. (In Press). The Middle Stone Age of the Senegal River Valley. Quaternary International
  • Scerri, E.M.L., Breeze, P., Parton, A., Groucutt, H.S., Stimpson, C., White, T.S., Clarke-Balzan, L., Jennings, R., Petraglia, M.D. (In Press). Middle to Late Pleistocene human habitation in the western Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia. Quaternary International
  • Scerri, E.M.L., Blinkhorn, J., Gravina, B., Delagnes, A. (In Press). Can lithic attribute analyses identify discrete reduction trajectories? A quantitative study using refitted lithic constellations. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Groucutt, H.S , Petraglia, M.D, Bailey, G., Scerri, E.M.L.,Thomas, M.G, Parton, A., Clark-Balzan, L., Jennings, R., Lewis, L., Blinkhorn, J., Drake, N.A., Breeze, P., Boivin, N., Inglis, R.H., Devèsc, M.H., Meredith-Williams, M., Scally, A. 2015. Rethinking the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa. Evolutionary Anthropology 24, 149-164.
  • Scerri E.M.L., Groucutt H. S., Jennings, R., Petraglia, M. D. 2014 Unexpected technological heterogeneity in northern Arabia indicates complex Late Pleistocene demography at the gateway to Asia. Journal of Human Evolution 75, 125-142.
  • Scerri, E.M.L., Drake, N., Jennings, R., Groucutt, H. S. 2014, Earliest Evidence for the Structure of Homo sapiens Populations in Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews 101, 207-216
  • Scerri, E.M.L. 2013 On the spatial and technological organisation of hafting modifications in the North African Middle Stone Age. Journal of Archaeological Science 40, 4234-4248.
  • Scerri, E.M.L. 2013 The Aterian and its place in the North African Middle Stone Age. Quaternary International 300, 111-130.
  • Scerri, E.M.L. 2012 A New Stone Tool Assemblage Revisited: reconsidering the ‘Aterian’ in Arabia. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 42, 357-370.


See also the School of Archaeology website.