Robert Whallon

Robert Whallon


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  • Phone: 734.764.7570
  • Office: 3010 School of Education Bldg, 610 E. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259
  • Ph.D. 1966, University of Chicago

Research Interests


  • Origins of human culture
  • Hunter-gatherer ecology and adaptation


  • Europe

Research Projects

Research Description

Robert Whallon's current research focuses on understanding critical adaptive strategies of Middle Paleolithic people (Neanderthals) in southeastern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean. His present field project involves long-term excavations at a major Middle Paleolithic rock shelter in Montenegro. On more theoretical and methodological planes, he is interested in the origins of human culture in the course of the Paleolithic, the ecology and adaptive strategies of hunter-gatherers, and quantitative method of archaeological analysis. Previously, he has carried out field projects in Italy, Yugoslavia, Turkey, and the Netherlands, covering periods from the Upper Paleolithic, through the Epipaleolithic and Mesolithic, to the Eneolithic. He founded the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, and was editor of this journal for more than a decade. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.