Seriation stratigraphy and index fossils the backbone of archaeological dating
In the late 1990s, I began concentrating on the use of phylogenetic methods, especially cladistics, in archaeology.
This was extremely controversial, as was the application of evolutionary principles to cultural phenomena generally.
Radiocarbon dating, for example, tells us when a plant or an animal died—it is up to the archaeologist to relate the event being dated to a behavioral (cultural) event of interest.(p.
I also collaborate with Kevin Laland (St Andrews University) on niche-construction theory as it applies to the archaeological record and with Alex Bentley (Bristol University) and Buz Brock (University of Missouri) on a wide range of topics, especially human learning and decision making in the face of unclear risks and payoffs.
Our new paper, "Mapping collective behavior in the big-data era," came out earlier this year in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
Today, however, evolutio My main areas of research focus on the integration of evolutionary theory into the social sciences, in particular archaeology and anthropology.
Today, however, evolutionary theory is well at home in archaeology, and studies employing phylogenetic methods appear routinely.