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 and ballistic performance of Middle Palaeolithic stone-tipped spears among Neanderthal populations in Europe. Currently, at the University of Manchester, I am involved in a NERC funded project investigating the co-evolution between the human hand and the production and utilisation of tools. My expertise focuses on technological and functional analyses of stone tools (use-wear, lithic technology), development of controlled experimental protocols (e.g. experimental archaeology), and kinematic analysis of specific human motions (e.g. control and change of physical variables). 

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow , University of Exeter

1 Sep 20201 Sep 2023

Areas of expertise

  • CC Archaeology - lithic technology, use-wear analysis, experimental archaeology, human evolution, Neanderthals

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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