Professor John J. Shea

Left: At Field Lab in Omo Kibish, Ethiopia, January 2014 
(I. Wallace Photo)
Right:  Flintknapping at Stony Brook (Justin Pargeter photo).

Professor John J. Shea
Anthropology Dept. and Turkana Basin Institute
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364 USA
Tel. 631-632-7665


2014 State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Sigma XI Distinguished Lecturer (2012-2014).

B.A. 1982 Boston University (Archaeology, Anthropology).
Ph.D. 1991 Harvard University (Anthropology).

Archaeology of human evolution (Paleolithic archaeology), the Pleistocene prehistory of Southwest Asia and Eastern Africa.
Stone tools, lithic analysis, experimental archaeology, flintknapping , complex projectile technology.
Paleoanthropology, origin and dispersal of Homo sapiens, extinction of the Neandertals, evolution of human behavioral variability.

  • Analysis of an Early Upper Paleolithic stone tool assemblage from Mughr el-Hamamah, Jordan (2013-present).
  • Archaeological survey and excavation of Holocene sites in West Turkana Kenya (2007-present).  Co-PI with Elisabeth Hildebrand.
  • The Middle Stone Age archaeology of the Lower Omo Valley Kibish Formation, Ethiopia (2000-2003, 2014).  Co-PI with John Fleagle.
  • Experimental and morphometric investigations into the origins of complex projectile weaponry (2001-present).
  • Excavations of Ar Rasfa, a Middle Paleolithic Site in Northwest Jordan (1996-1999, 2008-2009).
  • Excavations at 'Ubeidiya, an Early Pleistocene site in Israel (1992-1999). Co-PI with Ofer Bar-Yosef, Eitan Tchernov & Claude Guérin.
Mathew L. Sisk (Ph.D. 2010) GIS-Assisted Analysis of Contrast between Middle and Upper Paleolithic Settlement Patterns in the Perigord, France.
Amanuel Beyin Yoseif (Ph.D. 2009) Archaeological Investigation of the Buri Peninsula and Gulf of Zula, Red Sea Coast, Eritrea.
Ghufran Sabri Ahmad (MA, 2009) The Middle Paleolithic Stone Tool Assemblage from Ar Rasfa: Reconstructing Late Pleistocene Human Behavior in the Jordan Valley.
Kyle S. Brown (MA, 1999) Raw Material Selection and Flake Production in the Middle Stone Age of South Africa: Die Kelders Cave 1 and Montagu Cave, South Africa