Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Philip R. Nigst

Philip R Nigst is a Palaeolithic archaeologist with an enthusiasm for fieldwork. His research covers the archaeology of human evolution and focuses currently on Neanderthal and modern human behaviour and adaptations in Central and Eastern Europe. Philip’s key research themes include the ecology of Neanderthal and modern human technological organisation, mobility, horizontal cultural transmission, lithic technology, chronostratigraphy, use of space and site formation processes at Neanderthal and modern human sites in western Eurasia. He is currently engaged in field projects focussing on Neanderthal and modern human adaptations in Central and Eastern Europe.

 

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Contact details and teaching

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Key Research Topics

  • Neanderthal and modern human behaviour and adaptations in Central and Eastern Europe (NEMO-ADAP Project)
  • Ecology of Neanderthal and modern human technological organisation and mobility
  • Behavioural Approach to Cultural Transmission
  • Lithic technology
  • Site formation processes and stratigraphy

 

Key Fieldwork Sites

  • Willendorf II, Austria
  • Middle Dniester valley, Ukraine
  • Neporotovo 7, Ukraine
  • Korman 9, Ukraine
  • Beregovo I, Ukraine
  • Korolevo II, Ukraine
  • Mitoc-Malu Galben, Romania
  • Ollersdorf-Heidenberg, Austria
  • Grub-Kranawetberg, Austria
  • Kostenki 14, Russia

 

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Academic Career

2021–present  Assistant Professor, Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology, University of Vienna, Austria

2015–2021  Lecturer (post-probation) in Palaeolithic Archaeology, Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK

2015–2017  Director of Studies in Archaeology & Biological Anthropology, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, UK

2011–2015  Lecturer (pre-probation) in Palaeolithic Archaeology - Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK

2010–2016  Post-Doctoral Researcher - Department of Human Evolution, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

2009  Research Assistant, Department of Human Evolution, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

2009  Research Assistant, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, University of Vienna, Austria

2005–2009  Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Human Evolution, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

2004–2010  Part-time Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, University of Vienna, Austria

2004  Teaching Assistant, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, University of Vienna, Austria

 

Academic Education

2005–2009  PhD, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and University of Leipzig, Germany

1995–2003  MA, University of Vienna, Austria