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Stephen Lycett

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 Edited Books

Lycett, S.J. & Chauhan, P.R. (Eds.) (2010). New Perspectives on Old Stones: Analytical Approaches to Palaeolithic Technologies. Springer: New York.  Front matter

Ellen, R.F. Lycett, S.J., & Johns, S.E. (Eds.) (2013). Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology: A Critical Synthesis. Berghahn: New York/Oxford. Cover  Preface  Link
Journal articles and book chapters
  • 2019/In Press

Lycett, S.J. & Keyser, J.D. (In press). Dating Crow rock art through multivariate statistical comparison with biographic artworks. American Antiquity

Lycett, S.J. & Keyser, J. (2019). Time’s arrow: Toward a social history of Crow biographic art using seriation and multivariate statistics. American Anthropologist 121 (2): 363–375. Link

Lycett, S.J. (2019). Cultural transmission in the post-contact Plateau region and beyond: insights from funerary practices, fishing practices, clothing, and languages. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 54 (2): 207217. Link 

Lycett, S.J. & Eren, M.I. (2019). Built-in misdirection: on the difficulties of learning to knap. Lithic Technology 44 (1): 821. Link

Lycett, S.J. (2019). Confirmation of the role of geographic isolation by distance in among-tribe variations in beadwork designs and manufacture on the High Plains. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11 (6): 2837–2847. Link

Key, A.J.M. and Lycett, S.J. (2019). Biometric variables predict stone tool functional performance more effectively than tool-form attributes: a case study in handaxe loading capabilities. Archaeometry 61 (3): 539–555. Link

Schillinger, K. & Lycett, S.J. (2019). The flow of culture: Assessing the role of rivers in the inter-community transmission of material traditions in the Upper Amazon. Journal of Archaeological Method & Theory  26 (1): 135–154. Link

Keyser, J.D. & Lycett, S.J. (In press). Blackfoot artists on the Kevin Rim, Montana. American Indian Rock Art

Lycett, S.J. (2019). Cultural transmission from the last common ancestor to the Levallois reducers: what can we infer? In: Squeezing Minds from Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind. Edited by Karenleigh A. Overmann and Frederick Coolidge, pp.251–277. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • 2018

Lycett, S.J. & Shennan, S.J. (2018). David Clarke's Analytical Archaeology at 50. World Archaeology 50 (2): 210220.  Link

Lycett, S.J. & Keyser, J.D. (2018). Beyond oral history: a 19th century Blackfoot warriors’ biographic robe in comparative and chronological context. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 22 (4): 771–799. Link

Lycett, S.J. (2018) Cultural evolution. In: Callan, H. (eds) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Link

Key, A.J.M. and Lycett, S.J. (2018). Investigating interrelationships between Lower Palaeolithic stone tool effectiveness and tool-user biometric variation: implications for technological and evolutionary changes. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10 (5):989–1006. Link

von Cramon-Taubadel, N. & Lycett, S.J. (2018). Assessing the relative impact of historical divergence and inter-group transmission on cultural patterns: a method from evolutionary ecology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 373: 20170054. Link

Lycett, S.J. & Eren, M.I. (2018). Levallois technique. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior, edited by J. Vonk & T. Shackelford. Springer Press, New York. Link

  • 2017

Lycett, S.J. (2017). Cultural patterns within and outside of the post-contact Great Plains as revealed by parfleche characteristics: implications for areal arrangements in artifactual data. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48 (1): 87–101.  Link 

Key, A.J.M. & Lycett, S.J. (2017). Form and function in the Lower Palaeolithic: history, progress, and continued relevance. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 95: 67108. PDF

Lycett, S.J. & Keyser, J.D. (2017). Assessing the chronology of post-contact rock art on the northern Plains via multivariate statistical comparison with Blackfoot biographic art. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 45 (1): 69–80. Link

Lycett, S.J. (2017). A multivariate and phylogenetic analysis of Blackfoot biographic art: Another look at the Deadmond robe. Plains Anthropologist 62 (243): 201–218.  PDF

Key, A.J.M. & Lycett, S.J. (2017). Reassessing the production of handaxes versus flakes from a functional perspective. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9 (5): 737–753. Link  PDF

Bebber, M., Lycett, S.J. & Eren, M.I. (2017). Developing a stable point: Evaluating the temporal and geographic consistency of Late Prehistoric unnotched triangular point functional design in Midwestern North America. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 47 (1): 72–82.  Link

Schillinger, K., Mesoudi, A. & Lycett, S.J. (2017) Differences in manufacturing traditions and assemblage-level patterns: the origins of cultural differences in archaeological data. Journal of Archaeological Method & Theory 24 (2): 640–658.  Link  PDF

Key, A.J.M. & Lycett, S.J. (2017). Influence of handaxe size and shape on cutting efficiency: a large-scale experiment and morphometric analysis. Journal of Archaeological Method & Theory 24 (2): 514–541. Link
  • 2016

Lycett, S.J. & von Cramon-Taubadel, N. (2016). Transmission of biology and culture among post-contact Native Americans on the western Great Plains. Scientific Reports 6: 25695. Link  PDF 

Lycett, S.J., Schillinger, K., Eren, M.I., von Cramon-Taubadel, N., & Mesoudi, M. (2016). Factors affecting Acheulean handaxe variation: experimental insights, microevolutionary processes, and macroevolutionary outcomes. Quaternary International 411: 386–401.  Link 

Lycett, S.J. (2016). The importance of a “quantitative genetic” approach to the evolution of artifact morphological traits. In Cultural Phylogenetics: Concepts and Applications in Archaeology (edited by L. Mendoza-Straffon), pp.73-93. New York: Springer Press. PDF

Eren, M.I., Lycett, S.J., Patten, R.J., Buchanan, B., Pargeter, J., O’Brien, M.J. (2016). Test, model, and method validation: the role of experimental stone tool replication in hypothesis-driven archaeology. Ethnoarchaeology 8 (2):103–136.  PDF 

Key, A.J.M., Proffitt, T., Stefani, E., & Lycett, S.J. (2016). Looking at handaxes from another angle: assessing the ergonomic and functional importance of edge form in Acheulean bifaces. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 44 (4): 43–55.  Link 

Lycett, S.J., von Cramon-Taubadel, N., Eren, M.I. (2016). Levallois: potential implications for learning and cultural transmission capacities. Lithic Technology 41 (1): 19-38.  Link  PDF 

Schillinger, K., Mesoudi, A. & Lycett, S.J. (2016). Copying error, evolution, and phylogenetic signal in artifactual traditions: an experimental approach using “model artifacts.” Journal of Archaeological Science 70: 23-34. Link 

Eren, M.I. & Lycett, S.J. (2016). A statistical examination of flake edge angles produced during experimental lineal Levallois reductions and consideration of their functional implications. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 23 (1): 379–398.  Link  PDF

  • 2015

Lycett, S.J. (2015). Differing patterns of material culture intergroup variation on the High Plains: a quantitative analysis of parfleche characteristics vs. moccasin decoration. American Antiquity 80 (4): 714-731.  PDF 

Lycett, S.J. (2015). Cultural evolutionary approaches to artifact variation over time and space: basis, progress, and prospects. Journal of Archaeological Science 56: 21-31. Link  

Lycett, S.J. & von Cramon-Taubadel, N. (2015). Toward a “quantitative genetic” approach to lithic variation. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 22 (2): 646-675. Link  PDF  

Lycett, S.J., Schilllinger  K., Kempe, M. & Mesoudi, A. (2015). Learning in the Acheulean: insights from experiments using handaxe form as a “model organism.” In Learning Strategies and Cultural Evolution during the Paleolithic (edited by A. Mesoudi & K. Aoki) pp.155-166. New York: Springer. PDF 

Schillinger, K., Mesoudi, A. & Lycett, S.J. (2015). The impact of imitative versus emulative learning mechanisms on artifactual variation: implications for the evolution of material culture. Evolution and Human Behavior 36 (6): 446-455. Link  

Key, A.J.M. & Lycett, S.J. (2015). Edge angle as a variably influential factor in flake cutting efficiency: An experimental investigation of its relationship with tool size and loading. Archaeometry 57 (5): 911-927. Link  PDF 

Betti, L., Lycett, S.J., von Cramon-Taubadel, N., Pearson, O. (2015). Are human hands and feet affected by climate? A test of Allen’s Rule. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158 (1): 132-140. Link  PDF 

  • 2014

Betti, L., von Cramon-Taubadel, N., Manica, A. & Lycett, S.J. (2014). The interaction of neutral evolutionary processes with climatically-driven adaptive changes in the 3D shape of the human os coxae. Journal of Human Evolution 73: 64-74. Link  

Eren, M.I., Roos, C.I., Story, B., von Cramon-Taubadel., N. & Lycett, S.J. (2014). The role of raw material differences in stone tool shape variation: an experimental assessment. Journal of Archaeological Science 49: 472–487. Link  

Kempe, M., Lycett, S.J. & Mesoudi, A. (2014). Cultural differences and cumulative culture: parameterizing the differences between human and nonhuman culture. Journal of Theoretical Biology 359: 29–36.  Link

Key, A.J.M. & Lycett, S.J. (2014). Are bigger flakes always better? An experimental assessment of flake size variation on cutting efficiency and loading. Journal of Archaeological Science 41 (1): 140-146. Link 

Lycett, S.J. (2014). Dynamics of cultural transmission in Native Americans of the High Great Plains. PLoS ONE 9 (11 / e112244): 1–8.  Link  PDF  

Schillinger, K., Mesoudi, A. & Lycett, S.J. (2014). Considering the role of time budgets on copy-error rates in material culture traditions: an experimental assessment. PLoS ONE 9 (5) e97157: 1–10. Link  PDF

Schillinger, K., Mesoudi, A. & Lycett, S.J. (2014). Copying error and the cultural evolution of "additive" vs. "reductive" material traditions: an experimental assessment. American Antiquity 79 (1): 128-143. Link PDF


von Cramon-Taubadel, N. & Lycett, S.J. (2014). A comparison of catarrhine genetic distances with pelvic and cranial morphology: implications for determining hominin phylogeny. Journal of Human Evolution 77: 179–186.  Link  

  • 2013
Lycett, S.J. & Eren, M.I. (2013). Levallois lessons: The challenge of integrating mathematical models, experiments and the archaeological record. World Archaeology 45 (4): 519-538. Link  PDF
Lycett, S.J. (2013). Cultural transmission theory and fossil hominin behaviour: A discussion of epistemological and methodological strengths. In: Ellen, R.F., Lycett, S.J. & Johns, S.E. (Eds.), pp.102-130. Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology: A Critical Synthesis. Berghahn: New York/Oxford. PDF

Lycett, S.J. & von Cramon-Taubadel, N. (2013). Understanding the comparative catarrhine context of human pelvic form: a 3D geometric morphometric analysis. Journal of Human Evolution 64 (4): 300-310. Link  

Lycett, S.J. & Eren, M.I. (2013). Levallois economics: an examination of ‘waste’ production in experimentally produced Levallois reduction sequences. Journal of Archaeological Science 40 (5): 2384-2392. Link  

Lycett, S.J. & von Cramon-Taubadel, N. (2013). A 3D morphometric analysis of surface geometry in Levallois cores: Patterns of stability and variability across regions and their implications. Journal of Archaeological Science 40 (3): 1508-1517.  Link  

Betti, L., von Cramon-Taubadel, N., Manica, A. & Lycett, S.J. (2013). Global geometric morphometric analyses of the human pelvis reveal substantial neutral population history effects, even across sexes. PLoS ONE 8 (2)/e55909: 1-10.  Link   PDF

  • 2012

Betti, L., von Cramon-Taubadel, N. & Lycett, S.J. (2012). Human pelvis and long bones reveal differential preservation of ancient population history and migration out of Africa.  Human Biology 84 (2): 139-152.  PDF

Eren, M.I. & Lycett, S.J. (2012). Why Levallois? A morphometric comparison of experimental 'preferential' Levallois flakes versus debitage flakes. PLoS ONE  7 (1)/e29273: 1-10.  Link   PDF 

Eriksson, A., Betti, L., Friend, A.D., Lycett, S.J., Singarayer, J.S., von Cramon-Taubadel, N., Valdes, P.J., Balloux, F., Manica, A. (2012). Late Pleistocene climate change and the global expansion of anatomically modern humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109 (40): 16089-16094. Link 

Kempe, M., Lycett, S.J. & Mesoudi, A. (2012). An experimental test of the accumulated copying error model of cultural mutation for Acheulean handaxe size. PLoS ONE  7 (11)/e48333: 1-7. Link  PDF 

Wang, W., Lycett, S.J., von Cramon-Taubadel, N., Jin, J.J.H., Bae, C.J. (2012). Comparison of handaxes from Bose Basin (China) and the western Acheulean indicates convergence of form, not cognitive differences. PLoS ONE  7 (4)/e35804: 1-7.  Link   PDF 

  • 2011

Lycett, S.J. (2011).  “Most beautiful and most wonderful”: those endless stone tool forms.  Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 9 (2): 143-171.  Link   PDF

Lycett, S.J., Collard, M. & McGrew, W.C. (2011). Correlations between genetic and behavioural dissimilarities in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) do not undermine the case for culture. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: 278 (1715): 2091-2093.

Eren, M.I. Lycett, S.J., Roos, C.I, Sampson, C.G. (2011). Toolstone constraints on knapping skill: Levallois reduction with two different rock types. Journal of Archaeological Science 38 (10): 2731-2739. Link   

Key, A.J.M. & Lycett, S.J. (2011). Technology based evolution? A biometric test of the effects of handsize versus tool form on efficiency in an experimental cutting task. Journal of Archaeological Science 38 (7): 1663-1670.  Link   

  • 2010
Lycett, S.J. & Bae, C.J. (2010). The Movius Line controversy: the state of the debate. World Archaeology 42 (4):  521-544.   Link   PDF
Lycett, S.J. & Norton, C.J. (2010). A demographic model for Palaeolithic technological evolution: the case of East Asia and the Movius Line. Quaternary International 211 (1): 55-65.  Link 
Lycett, S.J., Collard, M. & McGrew, W.C. (2010). Are behavioral differences among wild chimpanzee communities genetic or cultural? An assessment using tool-use data and phylogenetic methods. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 142 (3): 461-467.  Link   PDF
Lycett, S.J., von Cramon-Taubadel, N. & Gowlett, J.A.J. (2010). A comparative 3D geometric morphometric analysis of Victoria West cores: implications for the origins of Levallois technology. Journal of Archaeological Science 37 (5): 1110-1117. Link  
Lycett, S.J. (2010). The importance of history in definitions of 'culture': implications from phylogenetic approaches to the study of social learning in chimpanzees. Learning & Behavior 38 (3): 252-264. Link  PDF

Lycett, S.J. (2010). Cultural transmission, genetic models, and lithic variability: integrative analytical approaches. In, New Perspectives on Old Stones: Analytical Approaches to Palaeolithic Technologies (Edited by Stephen J. Lycett & Parth R. Chauhan), pp.207–234. Springer: New York.


Lycett, S.J. & Chauhan, P.R. (2010). Analytical approaches to Palaeolithic technologies: An introduction. In, New Perspectives on Old Stones: Analytical Approaches to Palaeolithic Technologies (Edited by Stephen J. Lycett & Parth R. Chauhan) pp.1–22. Springer: New York. Link  PDF

  • 2009

Lycett, S.J. (2009). Understanding ancient hominin dispersals using artefactual data: a phylogeographic analysis of Acheulean handaxes. PLoS ONE 4 (10)/e7404: 1–6. PDF

Lycett, S.J. (2009). Are Victoria West cores 'proto-Levallois'? A phylogenetic assessment. Journal of Human Evolution 56 (2): 175–191.  Link
Lycett, S.J., Collard, M. & McGrew, W.C. (2009). Cladistic analyses of behavioral variation in wild Pan troglodytes: exploring the chimpanzee culture hypothesis. Journal of Human Evolution 57 (4): 337–349.
Lycett, S.J. (2009). Quantifying transitions: morphometric approaches to Palaeolithic variability and technological change. In, Sourcebook of Palaeolithic Transitions: Methods, Theories, and Interpretations (Edited by Marta Camps & Parth R. Chauhan), pp.79–92. New York: Springer.  Link   PDF 
Collard, M. & Lycett, S.J. (2009). An assessment of the likely impact of strain-related phenotypic plasticity on hominin fossil species identification. South African Journal of Science 105 (7/8): 312–316. Link

Mesoudi, A. & Lycett, S.J. (2009). Random copying, frequency-dependent copying and culture change. Evolution and Human Behaviour 30 (1): 41–48. Link 

  • 2008

Lycett, S.J. (2008). Acheulean variation and selection: does handaxe symmetry fit neutral expectations? Journal of Archaeological Science 35 (9): 2640–2648.  Link 

Lycett, S.J. & Gowlett, J.A.J. (2008). On questions surrounding the Acheulean 'tradition'. World Archaeology 40 (3): 295–315. Link  PDF 

Lycett, S.J. & von Cramon-Taubadel, N. (2008). Acheulean variability and hominin dispersals: a model-bound approach. Journal of Archaeological Science 35 (3): 553–562. Link  

Collard, M. & Lycett, S.J. (2008). Does phenotypic plasticity confound attempts to identify hominin fossil species? An assessment using extant Old World monkey craniodental data. Folia Primatologica 79 (3): 111–122.  Link

von Cramon-Taubadel & Lycett, S.J. (2008). Human cranial variation fits iterative founder effect model with African origin. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 136 (1): 108–113. Link   PDF 

  • 2007
Lycett, S.J., Collard, M. & McGrew, W.C. (2007) Phylogenetic analyses of behavior support existence of culture among wild chimpanzees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104: 17588–17592.   Link   PDF    Commentary  (Prof. A.Whiten) 

Lycett, S.J. (2007). Why is there a lack of Mode 3 Levallois technologies in East Asia? A phylogenetic test of the Movius-Schick hypothesis. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 26 (4): 541–575. Link    

Lycett, S.J. (2007). Is the Soanian techno-complex a Mode 1 or Mode 3 phenomenon? A morphometric assessment. Journal of Archaeological Science 34 (9): 1434-1440.  Link  

  • 2006

Lycett, S.J., von Cramon-Taubadel, N. & Foley, R.A. (2006). A crossbeam co-ordinate caliper for the morphometric analysis of lithic nuclei: a description, test and empirical examples of application. Journal of Archaeological Science 33 (6): 847-861. Link 

  • 2005

Lycett, S.J. & Collard, M. (2005). Do homoiologies impede phylogenetic analyses of the fossil hominids? An assessment based on extant papionin craniodental morphology. Journal of Human Evolution 49 (5): 618-642.  Link 


Short papers, comments, book reviews, etc.

Lycett, S.J. (2017). Social learning from the last common ancestor: a long-term (cultural) evolutionary perspective is needed. Current Anthropology 58 (5): 657–658. PDF

Lycett, S.J. (2014). Invited review of L. Malafouris "How Things Shape the Mind: A Theory of Material Engagement", MIT Press. American Antiquity 79 (2): 371-372. PDF

O’Brien, M.J. & Lycett, S.J. (2014). Comment on "An evolutionary developmental approach to cultural evolution" by Andersson et al. Current Anthropology 55 (2): 167. PDF

Lycett, S.J. (2013). Review of R.W. Shumaker, K.R. Walkup & B.B. Beck’s (2011) "Animal Tool Behavior: The Use and Manufacture of Tools by Animals (Revised and Updated Edition)". Lithic Technology, 38 (1): 73-76. PDF
Lycett, S.J.  Topic editor: (2011-present). Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution (Edited by Bernard Wood). New York: Blackwell. (Online edition).
Lycett, S.J. (2011). Review of M.J O'Brien & S. Shennan (Eds.) “Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology” (2010, MIT Press). Quarterly Review of Biology 86 (2): 138.
Norton, C.J. & Lycett, S.J. (2010). The Movius Line. Yearbook of Science and Technology. New York: McGraw Hill.  Link
Lycett, S.J. (2009). Review of S. Shennan’s “Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution” (2009, University of California Press). PaleoAnthropology: 2009: 263-265.

Lycett, S.J. (2009). Review of C.J. Cela-Conde & F.J. Ayala's “Human Evolution: Trails from the Past” (2007, Oxford University Press). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 138 (2): 241-242.

Lycett, S.J. (2007). Review of S. Cachel’s “Primate and Human Evolution” (2006, CUP). PaleoAnthropology: 31-33.

Collard, M. & Lycett, S.J. (2005). Comment on Reno et al. "Plio-Pleistocene hominid limb proportions: evolutionary reversals or estimation errors?" Current Anthropology 46 (4): 581-582.
Lycett lithics