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Lauren M. Franklin

About Lauren M. Franklin

I am an archaeologist interested in the evolution and cultural transmission of human technological and social behavior. I study Pleistocene and Early Holocene stone tool technologies from the Levant, Western Europe, and North America. I incorporate three dimmensional analysis and modeling of stone tools to study technological variability and identify tool making lineages. 

Selected Publications

Franklin, Lauren M. (2021). Scraper blank morphology and artifact use-life in the Acheulo-Yabrudian of Tabun Cave, Israel. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology. Submitted.

Tune, Jesse, Jay D. Franklin and Lauren M. Franklin (2021). The First Tennesseans: A Review of the Last 20 Years, 1996-2016 in The American Southeast at the End of the Ice Age. University of Alabama Press Edited Volume. In press.

Franklin, Lauren M. and Jay D. Franklin (2021) Reconstructing Forager Lifeways at the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition. University Press of Florida Edited Volume. In press.



Tabun Cave analysis and publication (MA thesis)

Gravettian Truncated Element analysis (with Jay D. Franklin, Jean-Philippe Rigaud, and Jan Simek)

Bedrock mortar site analysis on Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee (with Jay D. Franklin)

Transitional Pleistocene/Early Holocene stone tool research and publications (with Jay D. Franklin and Jesse Tune)


Research Interests

lithic technology, cultural transmission, human evolution, 3-D artifact analysis and modeling, Pleistocene and Early Holocene hunter-gatherer ecology, paleoenvironments

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Contact Information


B.A. Anthropology, East Tennessee State University

M.A. Anthropology, University of Arizona