My name is Benjamin Utting and I am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, and an Explorer with the National Geographic Society. My research broadly involves reconstructing prehistoric human behavior through the lens of lithic technology. My other research interests include palaeoanthropology, data science, and archaeological theory.

I am also passionate about science communication. As a researcher, I consider public engagement to be a professional responsibility (as well as a great deal of fun). My goal is to help people understand that science isn't a profession, but a way of thinking. To this end, I have spent time at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, where I learned about how to best connect with a wide variety of people of all ages and backgrounds.

My website is divided into five main subsections, including a description of my research, a list of my publications/dissertations, a copy of my curriculum vitae, some resources that I've found useful in my studies, and ways to contact or connect with me. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions!


  • PhD Candidate in Archaeology (U of Cambridge, 2017-Present)

  • MPhil in Archaeological Research (U of Cambridge 2017)

  • BA in Anthropology (Stony Brook 2016)

    • Semester at University College London (Spring 2015)

Research Interests

  • Palaeolithic archaeology

  • Lithic technology

  • Experimental archaeology

  • Palaeoanthropology

  • Bayesian statistical modeling

  • Causal inference


  • 8 June 2021: New paper in Quaternary Science Reviews: Kahlert, R., O'Donnell, S., Stimpson, C., Nguyen, T.M.H., Hill, E., Utting, B., Rabett, R. 2021. Mid-Holocene coastline reconstruction from geomorphological sea level indicators in the Trang An World Heritage Site, Northern Vietnam. Quaternary Science Reviews 263(1)

  • 20-27 April: Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19)

  • 14 February: PalMeso Seminar Series at University of Cambridge

  • 25 November: Presentation and workshop on 2D photogrammetry at the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology (Hanoi)

  • 20 November to 11 December: Fieldwork at Tràng An, geological sourcing expedition to the Pù Luông Nature Reserve

  • 30 October 2019: New paper in Vietnam Archaeology: Rabett, R., Coward, F., Holmes, R., Bachtsevanidou-Strantzali, I., Green, E., Hill, E., Kahlert, T., Kelly, C., McAllister, M., O'Donnell, S., Pyne-O'Donnell, S., Redmond, A., Stimpson, C., Nguyen, D.T., Tan, T.V., Bui, M.V., Ludgate, N., Macleod, R., Utting, B., Tan, N.C., Nguyen, T.H., Nguyen, T.M.H., Nguyen, N.T., Nguyen, Khanh, S.P., Truong, T.Q.T., Vu, D.L., Vu, T.L., Vu, L.T., Tran, T.K.Q., Verhoeven, M. 2019. Human Adaptation to Coastal Evolution: Late Quaternary Evidence from Southeast Asia (SUNDASIA) - A Report on the Second Year of the Project. Vietnam Archaeology 13, pp. 23-49.

  • 17 September: My research featured in a Vietnamese television program (20:44)

  • 7 September - 28 September: On research visit to Tràng An

  • 13 March 2019: New paper in Royal Society Open Science: Stimpson C.M., Utting B., O’Donnell, S, Huong, N.T.M., Kahlert T., Manh B.V., Khanh P.S., Rabett R.J. 2019 An 11 000-year-old giant muntjac subfossil from Northern Vietnam: implications for past and present populations. Royal Society Open Science 6: 181461. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.181461

  • 28 February 2019: PalQuat seminar series at University of Oxford

  • 8 January 2019: Scientist Is In program at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) - canceled due to government shutdown

  • 14 November - 7 December: Field work season to Tràng An

  • 15 August 2018: Early Career Grant (National Geographic Society) awarded to support PhD research.

  • 18 May 2018: Dissertation title provisionally approved: "Exploring prehistoric technology at the Tràng An Landscape Complex, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam"

  • 15 May 2018: Evans Fellowship (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge) awarded to support research in Cambridge as well as two fieldwork seasons in Vietnam

  • 14 May 2018: Presentation for Asian Archaeology Group, University of Cambridge:" Crude and Colorless or Expedient and Enduring? Identifying, Describing, and Interpreting Variability in Prehistoric Southeast Asian Stone Tool Technology"

Photo: Utting 2016

Favicon: T. Kahlert 2019