Andrew Needham
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

Assistant Director, York Experimental Archaeology Research (YEAR) Centre

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
British Academy Early Career Research Fellow
Department of Archaeology
University of York
PalaeoHub
Wentworth Way
York
YO10 5NG

Tel: 01904 323287

External activities

Invited talks and conferences

Recent Invited Lectures and Workshops

Needham, A. (09/01/19) Making Mesolithic beads workshop, University of Chester.

Needham, A. (09/01/19) Making Art in the Magdalenian: The Object Biography of Engraved Plaquettes from Montastruc, France, University of Chester.

Needham, A. (12/12/18) Making Art in the Magdalenian: The Object Biography of Engraved Plaquettes from Montastruc, France, Palaeolithic Research Group, University of Durham.

Needham, A. (13/04/17) An Object Biography of Engraved Limestone Plaquettes from the Magdalenian Site of Montastruc, southern France. Royal Archaeological Institute Early Career Research Series, London, Royal Archaeological Institute.

 

Recent Conference Sessions Chaired

Needham, A. (15/02/19) Session 1: Fire and Light. Unravelling Human Origins Conference, University of York.

Charlton, S. and Needham, A. (18-19/12/18) Integrating Theory and Science in Archaeology. Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) Conference 40, University of Chester.

Lawton-Matthews, E. and Needham, A. (25/07/18)P32: The material correlates of kinship processes in hunter-gatherer societies. Twelfth International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS XII), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia.

Needham, A.and McNabb, J. (19/12/16) Session 8: Exploring the History of Prehistory. Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) Conference 38, University of Southampton.

 

Recent Conference Papers/Posters

Little, A., Needham, A. and Langley, A. (21/06/19) Reflections on an Archaeological Learning Community: Undergraduate Year 2 Experimental Archaeology Practical Skills and Team Project. Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 11, University of York.

Needham, A., Langley, A. and Little, A. (21/06/19) Inspiring Young Minds: The Role of Experimental Archaeology in Delivering the Key Stage 2 Stone Age Curriculum (2/2). Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 11, University of York. 

Needham, A., Little, A. and Langley, A. (21/06/19) Inspiring Young Minds: The Role of Experimental Archaeology in Delivering the Key Stage 2 Stone Age Curriculum (1/2). Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 11, University of York. 

Needham, A., Little, A., Milner, N., Bamforth, M., Beale, G., Carty, J., Chatzipanagis, K., Croft, S., Conneller, C., Elliott, B., Fitton, L., Knight, B., Kröger, R., Pomstra, D., Robson, H., Rowley, C., Taylor, B. (02-05/05/19) Making and using beads and pendants at Mesolithic Star Carr. Experimental Archaeology Conference 11, University of Trento.

Wisher, I. and Needham, A. (16/02/19) Painting a different picture: reconceiving Neanderthal art through a relational framework. Unravelling Human Origins, University of York.

Langley, A., Needham, A., Benton, H., Biggs, S., Cousen, J., Darlington, A., Derry, A., Hardman, M., Macy, K., Millar, D., Murray, E., Pock, F., Rowsell, J., Sandin Catacora, M., Van Oordt, G., Veitch-Scoggins, D. and Little, A. (16/02/18) Going around in circles? Exploring production and use of Magdalenian rondelles using experimental archaeology. Unravelling Human Origins Conference, University of York.

Amy, M., Needham, A., Langley, A. and Wisher, I. (16/02/18) Playing with fire: Exploring the role of Magdalenian limestone plaquettes in hearth structures using experimental archaeology, Unravelling Human Origins Conference, University of York.

Needham, A., Croft, S., Kröger, R., Robson, H., Rowley, C., Taylor, B., Gray Jones, A., Conneller, C. (25-26/10/18) The Earliest Mesolithic Ochre Artefacts in Britain? Results of Micro-Raman Spectroscopy and Microscopic Analysis of Ochre Artefacts from Palaeo-Lake Flixton, North Yorkshire, UK. Palaeolithic/Mesolithic Conference, British Museum. 

Spikins, P., Needham, A., Wright, B., Dytham, C. and Hitchens, G. (14/09/18) Healthcare provisioning in evolutionary context.European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE) 7, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal.

Needham, A. (19/12/18) Approaching hominin healthcare: Large- and small-scale approaches to Neanderthal healthcare. Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) 40, University of Chester.

Needham, A. (17/12/18) Relationality and early hominin hunter-gatherer worlds: A relational exploration of Neanderthal art. Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) 40, University of Chester.

Needham, A., Bamforth, M., Beale, G., Carty, J., Chatzipanagis, K., Croft, S., Conneller, C., Elliott, B., Fitton, L., Knight, B., Kröger, R., Little, A., Milner, N., Pomstra, D., Robson, H., Rowley, C., Taylor, B. (27/10/18) The life history of shale beads and pendants at the Mesolithic site of Star Carr. 1st Annual Experimental Archaeology Student Symposium, Newcastle University.

Needham, A. (25/07/18) The Lines That Bind? Exploring Kinship in Relation to the Production and Use of Engraved Limestone Plaquettes from the Upper Palaeolithic Site of Montastruc, France. Twelfth International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS XII), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia.

Needham, A. (11/02/17) Neanderthal Art: A Second Wave Progress Paradox?Unravelling the Palaeolithic, University of Liverpool.

Rowley, C., Zander, A., Knight, B., Nash, B., Conneller, C., French, C., Little, A., Needham, A., Taylor, B., Milner, N. (10-12/03/17) The Final Palaeolithic and Early Mesolithic site of Flixton Island II and its surrounding landscape in the Vale of Pickering, United Kingdom. 26thAnnual Meeting of the German Mesolithic Workgroup, Wuppertal, Germany.

Needham, A., Little, A., Pomstra, D. and Rowley, C. (10-12/03/17) Bead Working at Star Carr: Exploring Production through the Application of Actualistic Experimentation. 26thMeeting of the German Mesolithic Workgroup, Wuppertal, Germany.

Needham, A., Taylor, B. and Gray Jones, A. (10-12/03/17) Analysis of an Engraved Ochre Pebble from Flixton School House, Vale of Pickering, UK: A Contribution to the Understanding of Ochre Working in the British Mesolithic. 26thMeeting of the German Mesolithic Workgroup, Wuppertal, Germany.

Needham, A.(11-12/02/17) New Research on the British Museum Holdings of the Peccadeau de l’Isle Collection from the Magdalenian Site of Montastruc. Unravelling the Palaeolithic, University of Liverpool.