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Dr James Cole

Senior Lecturer

Environment and Technology

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 644132



  • Human Origins / Evolution
  • Survey techniques and Archaeological Practice


  • Origins of complex hominin behaviour including language and symbolism.
  • Pleistocene environmental change in southern and eastern Africa
  • Lithics analysis – including looking at 3D reconstructions of material culture.
  • Modelling and reconstructing past Palaeo-landscapes.


  • 2013 – Present Lecturer University of Brighton.
  • 2013 – Present Part-time Lecturer Bournemouth University
  • 2013 – Present Guest Lecturer Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2012 – 2013 Lecturer, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford
  • 2011 – 2012 Part-time Lecturer at Bournemouth University and the University of Southampton
  • 2007 – 2011 Ph.D. Archaeology, University of Southampton funded by the British Academy Centenary Research Project “Lucy to Language: the archaeology of the social brain”
  • 2007 Geophysics Surveyor, Archaeology South East, University College London.
  • 2004 – 2007 M.A. Human Origins, University of Southampton
  • 2001 – 2004 B.A. (Hons) Archaeology, University of Southampton.

Research Publications

Number of items: 8.

McNabb, John and Cole, James (2015) The mirror cracked: Symmetry and refinement in the Acheulean handaxe Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 3. pp. 100-111. ISSN 2352-409X

Cole, James (2015) Hominin language development: a new method of archaeological assessment Biosemiotics, 8 (1). pp. 67-90. ISSN 1875-1342

Cole, James (2015) Handaxe symmetry in the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic: implications for the Acheulean gaze In: Coward, F., Hosfield, R., Pope, M. and Wenban-Smith, F.F., eds. Settlement, Society and Cognition in Human Evolution: Landscapes in Mind. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 234-257. ISBN 9781107026889

Cole, James (2014) The Identity Model: a theory to access visual display and hominin cognition within the Palaeolithic In: Dunbar, R.I.M., Gamble, C. and Gowlett , J.A.J., eds. Lucy to Language: Benchmark Papers. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 90-107. ISBN 9780199652594

Galanidou, Nena, Cole, James, Iliopoulos, Giorgos and McNabb, John (2013) East meets West: The Middle Pleistocene site of Rodafnidia on Lesvos, Greece Antiquity, 87 (336). ISSN 0003-598X

Cole, James (2012) The Identity Model: a theory to access visual display and hominin cogntition within the Palaeolithic Human Origins, 1. pp. 24-40. ISSN 2041-403X

Cole, James and Ruebens, Karen (2012) Papers from the British Academy Lucy to Language: the Archaeology of the Social Brain Seminar Series on Visual Display in the Palaeolithic [Edited Collections]

McNabb, John, Hosfield, Robert, Dearling, Kevin, Barker, Dominic, Strutt, Kristian, Cole, James, Bates, Martin and Toms, Phillip (2012) Recent work at the Lower Palaeolithic site of Corfe Mullen, Dorset, England Proceedings of The Prehistoric Society, 78. pp. 35-50. ISSN 0079-497X

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