Andrew Needham
Associate Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology

Profile

Biography

Andy completed an undergraduate degree in (BSc) Archaeology in 2008 from the University of York, a Masters degree in (MSc) Early Prehistory and Human Origins in 2010 from the University of York, and a PhD specialising in Palaeolithic art in 2017 from the University of York.

Andy was appointed an Associate Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology in 2017 and concurrently a Post-Doctoral Researcher on the Hidden Depths: The Ancestry of Our Most Human Emotions project (PI, Dr Penny Spikins), funded by the Templeton Foundation. As of September 2018, Andy will be a Humanities Research Centre Post-Doctoral fellow at the University of York.

Andy has previously worked as a Research Assistant on the Lost in Translation: Personal Material Culture and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) project (PI, Dr Penny Spikins and Dr Katie Slocombe), funded by the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders.

Departmental roles

Departmental Safety Advisor

Assistant Director, York Experimental Archaeology Research Group 

Research

Overview

Andy’s research primarily focuses on early prehistoric art, most recently Palaeolithic engraved limestone plaquettes from Montastruc, Mesolithic beads and engraved pendants from Star Carr, and Mesolithic ochre processing at Palaeo-lake Flixton. Andy is interested in the analysis of objects and their production and use more broadly, and frequently uses experimental archaeology to facilitate understanding through replication. In addition, Andy studies aspects of cognition in Palaeolithic humans and Neanderthals, including the evolution of emotion, which is a central theme of his ongoing post-doctoral research. 

Projects

2017-2018: Hidden Depths: The Ancestry of Our Most Human Emotions. Principal Investigator: Dr Penny Spikins.

 

2012-2013: Lost in Translation: Personal Material Culture and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Principal Investigators: Dr Penny Spikins and Dr Katie Slocombe.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Year 1

Contributor to Prehistory to the Present

 

Undergraduate Year 2

Themes in Prehistory: Middle Palaeolithic

Themes in Prehistory: Upper Palaeolithic

 

Undergraduate Year 3

Special Topic: Human Evolution

Assessed Seminar: Neanderthals

Dissertation Supervision

Postgraduate

Director of Studies, MSc Early Prehistory and Human Origins

Becoming Human: Evolving Minds and Societies

Hunting and Gathering Societies

Experimental Archaeology Design and Practice

Dissertation Supervision

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Contact details

Dr Andrew Needham
Associate Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor
York
YO1 7EP

Tel: 01904 323287

External activities