Steven L. Kuhn (On Sabbatical Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

About Steven L. Kuhn (On Sabbatical Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

I am Professor  in the School of Anthropology. 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.  My research interests center on the evolution of human technological and social behavior. I am also director of the Center for Mediterranean Archaeology and the Environment (CMATE)

Selected Publications

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.
Li, F., S.L. Kuhn, Chen, F.Y., Gao, X.
2016    Raw material economies and mobility patterns at Shuidonggou locality 2, North China. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 43: 83–
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.
Kuhn, S.
2013    Roots of the Middle Paleolithic in Eurasia. Current Anthropology (special issue, 8), S255-268.


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

Turkey & Anatolia

Southwest Asia (Middle East)

Central Europe & Eastern Europe

North Africa

North China


Southeast Serbia Paleolithic project 

Excavations at Bizmoune Cave, Essaouira, Morocco

Research on Shuidonngou, Locality 1 , North China

Tabun cave analysis and publication 


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 (Center for Mediterranean Archaology and the Environment)
Telephone: 520.626.9135
Fax: 520.621.2088
Office: Emil W. Haury Building, Room 409C
Office Hours: Fall 2016: Tuesday, 10:00-12:00, Thursday, 1:00-3:00, or by appointment


Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1990