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Being trained both as an archaeologist and paleoanthropologist, Dr. Manuel Will’s main research interests lie in the study of human evolution from a joint bio-cultural perspective that takes evidence from artifacts and fossils into consideration. His current research projects focus on aspects of the biological, behavioral and cultural evolution of our genus (Homo) and species (Homo sapiens) in Africa and their dispersal to the rest of the world. He has been part of archaeological fieldwork in Europe, the Near East and Africa, with a particular focus on South Africa. He is also interested in theoretical archaeology and evolutionary biology, including evolutionary archaeology, gene-culture co-evolution, niche construction and cultural transmission theory.

Publications (Edited Volumes)
2017
Wragg-Sykes, R., Will, M., (editors). 2017. Silcrete as a lithic raw material in global context: geology, sourcing and prehistoric techno-economics. Special Issue Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports., Vol. 15.
Publications (Articles & Book Chapters)
In press
Will, M., Kandel, A.W., Conard, N.J. (in press). Midden or molehill: the role of coastal adaptations for human evolution and dispersal. Journal of World Prehistory.
2018Will, M., Conard, N. J. (2018). Assemblage variability and bifacial points in the lowermost Sibudan layers at Sibudu, South Africa. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10, 389-414.
2017
Will, M., Pablos, A., Stock, J.T. (2017). Long-term patterns of body mass and stature evolution within the hominin lineage. Royal Society Open Science 4(11), 171339.
Bader, G.D., Will, M. (2017). Recent Research on the MSA in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte 23, 79-108.
Will, M., Mackay, A. (2017). What factors govern the procurement and use of silcrete during the Stone Age of South Africa? Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports, 15, 630-645.
Wragg-Sykes, R., Will, M., (2017). Silcrete as a lithic raw material in global context: geology, sourcing and prehistoric techno-economics. Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports, 15, 422-499.
2016
Will, M., Kandel, A.W., Kyriacou, K., Conard, N.J. (2016). An evolutionary perspective on coastal adaptations by modern humans during the Middle Stone Age of Africa. Quaternary International 404, 68-86.
2015
Bader, G.D., Will, M., Conard, N.J. (2015). The lithic technology of Holley Shelter, KwaZulu-Natal, and its place within the MSA of southern Africa. South African Archaeological Bulletin 70, 149-165.
Will, M., Mackay, A., Phillips, N. (2015) Implications of Nubian-Like core reduction systems in southern Africa for the identification of early modern human dispersals. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0131824.
Will, M., Stock, J.T. (2015). Spatial and temporal variation of body size among early Homo. Journal of Human Evolution 82, 15-33.
Conard, N.J., Will, M. (2015). Examining the causes and consequences of short-term behavioral change during the Middle Stone Age at Sibudu, South Africa. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0130001.
Kyriacou, K., Parkington, J.E., Will, M., Kandel, A.W., Conard, N.J. (2015). Middle and Later Stone Age shellfish exploitation strategies and coastal foraging at Hoedjiespunt, Saldanha Bay, South Africa. Journal of Archaeological Science 57, 197-206.
Will, M., Kandel, A.W., Conard, N.J. (2015). Coastal adaptations and settlement systems on the Cape and Horn of Africa during the Middle Stone Age. In: N.J. Conard & A. Delagnes (Eds.) Settlement Dynamics of the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age, Vol. IV, pp. 61-89. Tübingen: Kerns Verlag.
2014
Conard, N.J., Bader, G.D., Schmid, V., Will, M. (2014). Bringing the Middle Stone Age into clearer focus. Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte 23, 121-128.
Will, M., Bader, G.D., Conard, N.J. (2014). Characterizing the Late Pleistocene MSA Lithic Technology of Sibudu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. PLoS ONE 9(5): e98359.
Will, M., Parkington, J.E., Kandel, A.W., Conard, N.J. (2013). Coastal adaptations and the Middle Stone Age lithic assemblages from Hoedjiespunt 1 in the Western Cape, South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution 64, 518-537.
 

Contact Information

  • Position Title: Former Visiting Teaching Professor
  • Personal Title: Dr.
  • Location: DFG Center for Advanced Studies, Rümelinstr. 23, 72070 Tübingen
 

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