Dr Sam Smith

Reader in Anthropology

School of Law and Social Sciences

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught


Module Leader for:

  • U20103 Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology
  • U21185 Dawn of Civilisation

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Sophie Edwards A Comparison of Craniodental Morphology of Hominoids of the Late Miocene and Early Pliocene in relation to Contemporary Climate Change and Paleoecological Shifts Active
Jon Gorrie Does culture evolve? Testing evolutionary theories of culture through a case study of El Khiam points from three sites in the Pre Pottery Neolithic A of the Southern Levant 2021


Sam is an archaeologist who specialises in the study of the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene archaeology of South West Asia, with a focus on the origin and development of sedentary, food producing societies in the region. Sam is an expert in the study of chipped stone tools and his work includes typological, technological and use wear analysis of stone tool assemblages from many regions and periods. Sam also works closely with geographers, hydrologists and meteorologists to develop multi disciplinary approaches to the study of human-climate interactions in semi arid regions. As an experienced field archaeologist Sam has worked on sites in many areas of the world including the UK, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.



Projects as Co-investigator

  • sedaDNA, Environmental Changes and Demography In Oman(01/09/2019 - 31/07/2024), funded by: Society of Antiquities of London, funding amount received by Brookes: £14,907, funded by: Society of Antiquities of London
  • On the Trail of Arabia’s Early Ancestors(01/09/2019 - 01/10/2022), funded by: Royal Geographical Society, funding amount received by Brookes: £8,000, funded by: Royal Geographical Society


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