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D2X3543_WEB (1)Sebastian Scheiffele is an archaeologist and Ph.D. student in the Center. His major research interest focuses on the interdependence and coevolution of techno-cultural traits and related cognitive abilities. He uses behavioral patterns observable in the archaeological record as proxies for his inferences. For his doctoral study, Mr. Scheiffele examines late Middle Stone Age archaeological assemblages from eastern Africa. He is interested in understanding technological/behavioral dynamics that may have been decisive in the successful adaptation and dispersal of Late Pleistocene Homo sapiens.

Academic Background
2016 - presentPh.D. student, DFG Center for Advanced Studies, University of Tübingen 2007 – 2014: Magister Artium in Prehistoric Archaeology, Palaeoanthropology and Ethnology, University of Tübingen
Academic Positions
2015 - 2016Research assistant at “The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans”, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tübingen, and Senckenberg Nature Research Society, Frankfurt am Main
Fieldwork Experience
2010Paleolithic Excavation in Irikaitz (Zestoa), Basque Country, Spain
2009Medieval Excavation in Oberbalzheim, Bavaria, Germany
2008Paleolithic Excavation in Germolles, Burgundy, France
2008Archaeological field school of the University of Tübingen at the medieval site of Oberbalzheim, Bavaria, Germany
Under reviewHaidle, Miriam Noël, Duilio Garofoli, Sebastian Scheiffele, Regine Stolarczyk. Fooling around with a piece of scoria – Inventions, innovations, and their relation to human cultural evolution. In Klimscha, Florian et al. (Ed.), Contextualising technical innovations in prehistory.
In preparationScheiffele, Sebastian, Miriam Noël Haidle. The complexity of making and maintaining fire: cognitive demands and chronological signification (working title).
Scheiffele, Sebastian. Die Herstellung von Feuer – Die zugrunde liegende Problem-Lösung-Distanz und kognitive Implikationen. Cognitive perspectives in tool behaviour Vol. 4, http://tobias-lib.uni-tuebingen.de.

Contact Information

  • Position Title: Former Doctoral Candidate, Junior Research Group
  • Location: DFG Center for Advanced Studies, Rümelinstrasse 23, Room 604a, Tübingen, 72074
  • E-mail address: sebastian.scheiffele[at]ifu.uni-tuebingen.de
  • ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sebastian_Scheiffele

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