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John J. Shea

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John J. Shea is a professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University and a research associate with the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1991 and has conducted research in Israel, Jordan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and Tanzania. Two of his key scientific articles are “The origins of lithic projectile point technology: evidence from Africa, the Levant, and Europe” (Journal of Archaeological Science, 2006) and “Stone age visiting cards revisited: A strategic perspective on the lithic technology of early hominin dispersal” (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology, 2010). His forthcoming book will be titled Paleolithic and Neolithic Stone Tools of the Near East: A Guide. Shea is a professional flintknapper whose work appears in numerous documentaries and in exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History. Address: Anthropology Department, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364. E-mail: john dot shea at sunysb dot edu


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