Dr Alice La Porta

Research Associate

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I am a Palaeolithic archaeologist interested in the production and utilisation of stone tools as expressions of human evolution and cultural behaviours. 

My previous research investigated the evidence, use, and performance of stone-tipped spear technologies among Neanderthal populations in the European Middle Palaeolithic. Currently, at the University of Manchester, I am investigating the coevolution of the human hand as a possible adaptation to the production and utilisation of stone tools. 

My research expertise involves technological and functional analysis of stone tools, development of controlled experimental protocols (e.g. experimental archaeology), and kinematic analysis of human motions (e.g. control and change of physical variables). 

Areas of expertise

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Doctor of Philosophy, Neanderthal stone-tipped spear technology: an experimental and archaeological investigation. , University of Exeter
  • 2013 - Master of Arts Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle

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