Steven L. Kuhn

About Steven L. Kuhn

I am a Professor  in the School of Anthropology. My research interests center on the evolution of human technological and social behavior. My primary research tool is the study of stone artifacts. I am currently involved in collaborative archaeological fieldwork and laboratory projects investigating Paleolithic sites and assemblages in Serbia, Morocco and China as well as the Levant.  I am also director of the Center for Mediterranean Archaeology and the Environment (CMATE)

I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1990. After a brief stint at Loyola University in Chigao I joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1994. I have been a visiting professor at the Institute for Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing (2015/2016), sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a resident  scholar at the University of Cologne in 2009/2010, funded by a Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. In 2017 I received the Award for Excellence in Archaeological Analysis (Lithics) from the Society for American Archaeology 


Selected Publications

Li, F., S. L. Kuhn, F. Chen, Y. Wang, J. Southon, F. Peng, M. Shan, C. Wang, J. Ge, X. Wang, L. T, X.Gao. 2018.    The easternmost Middle Paleolithic (Mousterian) from Jinsitai Cave, North China. Journal of Human Evolution 114: 76-84.

Buchnnan, B., M.L. Hamilton, J.C. Hartley, S.L. Kuhn. 2017.  Investigating the scale of prehistoric social networks using culture, language, and point types in western North America. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences DOI 10.1007/s12520-017-0537-y.

Kuhn, S., D. Raichlen and A.E. Clark. 2016. What moves us? How mobility and movement are at the center of human evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology 25(3) 86-97.
Kuhn, S. B. Dinçer, N. Balkan-Atlı, M. K. Erturaç. 2015. Paleolithic Occupations of the Göllü Dağ (Central Anatolia, Turkey). Journal of Field Archaeology  40th Anniversary Issue 40(5): 581-602.
Kuhn, S. and A. Clark. 2015. Artifact densities and assemblage formation in the Paleolithic: evidence from Tabun Cave. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 38:8-16.
Baykara, İ., S.M. Mentzer, M.C. Stiner, E. Güleç-Savaş, S.L. Kuhn. 2015. The Middle Paleolithic occupations of Üçağızlı II Cave (Hatay, Turkey). Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 4: 409-426.  
Kuhn, S. 2014. Signaling theory and technologies of communication in the Paleolithic. Biological Theory  DOI 10.1007/s13752-013-0156-5.


Courses Taught

Anth 562A            Archaeological Quantitative Methods

Anth 456/556A    Old World Prehistory

Anth 696A            Seminar in Hunter-Gather Ecology, Seminar in Lithic Analysis, 

Anth 637              Archaeological Research Methods

Anth 160D2         Origins of Human Diversity    

Areas of Study

Anatolia and Southwest Asia (Middle East)

Central Europe

North Africa

North China


Southeast Serbia Paleolithic project (with Prof. D. Mihailovic, University of Belgrade) 

Excavations at Bizmoune Cave, Essaouira, Morocco (with Prof. A. Bouzouggar, INSAP, Rabat, Morocco) 

Research on Shuidonngou, Locality 1 and Jinsitai Cave, North China (with Dr. Li Feng and Prof. Gao Xing, Institute for Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleonathropology, UChinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHina)

Tabun cave analysis and publication (with Dr. R. Shimelmitz and Prof. M. Weinstein-Evron, University of Haifa, Israel)


Research Interests

Paleolithic archaeology and human evolution; social and ecological contexts for evolutionary change in hominid technologies; lithic technology; ornaments and early "information technology";  hunter-gatherer ecology; mathematical methods and modeling.

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Contact Information

Fred A. Riecker Professor of Anthropology; Director of the Center for Mediterranean Archaeology and the Environment
Telephone: 520.626.9135
Fax: 520.621.2088
Office: Emil W. Haury Building, Room 409C
Office Hours: Tues. 10:00-12:00; Thu. 10:00-12:00


Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1990

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