Dr. Eleanor Scerri

Dr. Eleanor Scerri

Liese Meitner Pan-Ev Research Group
+49 3641 686-971

Main Focus

I am an archaeological scientist interested in exploring the articulation between material culture, genetics, and biogeography to further theoretical, methodological and scientific advances in the field of human evolution. I am the Lise Meitner Professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH), where I am leading the Pan African Evolution Research Group (Pan-Ev). I was formerly the first Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funded fellow at the MPI-SHH, where I set up and led the aWARE project. This project continues as the fieldwork dimension of the Pan-Ev group, and is exploring West Africa's place in recent human evolution. Prior to my move to the MPI-SHH, I was a British Academy Fellow in Archaeology at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford where I was also a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College. This position followed by my first, Fyssen Foundation funded postdoctoral fellowship which I held at the University of Bordeaux. I obtained my PhD in Archaeology from the University of Southampton, jointly funded by the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Sutasoma Trust.


Curriculum Vitae


Publications

2020

Stewart, M.,  Louys, J., Breeze, P.S.,  Clark-Wilson, R.,  Drake, N.A., Scerri, E.M.L., Zalmout, I.S., Al-Mufarreh, Y.A.S., Soubhi, S.A., Haptari, M.A., Alsharekh, A.M., Groucutt, H.S., Petraglia, M.D. A taxonomic and taphonomic study of Pleistocene fossil deposits from the western Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia. Quaternary Research 1-22.  doi:10.1017/qua.2020.6

 

2019

Scerri, E.M.L. Cultural Taxonomy for the European Upper Palaeolithic: A Wide Ranging Problem. Antiquity 93 (371), 1362-1364.

Scerri, E.M.L., Chikhi, L., Thomas, M.G. Beyond Multiregional and Simple Out of Africa Models of Human Evolution. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3, 1370–1372. (PDF)

Scerri, E.M.L. & Spinapolice, E.E.A. Lithics of the North African Middle Stone Age. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 97, 1-36. (PDF)

Groucutt, H.S., Scerri, E.M.L., Stringer, C., Petraglia, M.D. Skhul lithic technology and the dispersal of Homo sapiens into Southwest Asia. Quaternary International 515, 30-52.

Will, M., Tryon, C., Shaw, M., Scerri, E.M.L., Ranhorn, K., Pargeter, P., McNeil, J., Mackay, A., Leplongeon, A., Groucutt, H.S., Douza, A., Brooks, A. Comparative analysis of Middle Stone Age artifacts in Africa (CoMSAfrica). Evolutionary Anthropology 28, 57-59. (PDF)

Groucutt, H.S., Scerri, E.M.L., Drake, N., Zahir, M., Louys, J., Armitage, S., Petraglia, M.D., Al-Omari, A., Al-Fageri, S., Al Murayyi, K.S.M., Alsharekh, A., and the SGS. Palaeodeserts Project Nefud Fieldwork report, 2016. Atlal: Journal of Saudi Arabian Archaeology 27, 115-140.

 

2018

Scerri, E.M.L., Shipton, C., Clark-Balzan, L., Frouin, M., Schwenninger, J.-L., Groucutt, H.S., Breeze, P.S., Parton, A., Blinkhorn, J., Drake, N.A., Jennings, R., Cuthbertson, P., Al Omari, A., Alsharekh, A.M., Petraglia, M.D. The expansion of later Acheulean hominins into the Arabian Peninsula. Scientific Reports 8, 17165.

Roberts, P., Stewart, M., Aziz, N., Breeze, P., Drake, N., Groucutt, H.S., Scerri, E.M.L., Lee-Thorp, J., Louys, J., Zalmout, I., Zech, J., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M.D. Fossil herbivore stable isotopes reveal Pleistocene hominin palaeoenvironment in ‘Green Arabia’. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2, 1871–1878.

Scerri, E.M.L., Guagnin, M., Groucutt, H.S., Armitage, A.J., Parker, L.E., Drake, N.A., Louys, J., Breeze, P., Zahir, M., Alsharekh, A., Petraglia, M.D. 2018. Neolithic pastoralism in extreme marginal environments during the mid-Holocene wet phase, northern Saudi Arabia. Antiquity 92 (365), 1180-1194.

Scerri, E.M.L., Thomas, M.G., Manica, A., Gunz, P., Stock, J., Stringer, C.B., Grove, M., Groucutt, H.S., Timmermann A., Rightmire, G.P., d’Errico, F., Tryon, C., Drake, N.A.,  Brooks, A., Dennell, R., Durbin, R., Henn, B., Lee-Thorpe, J., deMenocal, P., Petraglia, M.D., Thompson, J., A., Scally, A., Chikhi, L. Did Our Species Evolve in Subdivided Populations across Africa, and Why Does It Matter? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33, 582-594.

Shipton, C., Blinkhorn, J., Breeze, P.S., Cuthbertson, P., Drake, N., Groucutt, H.S., Jennings, R.P., Parton, A., Scerri, E.M.L., Alsharekh, A., Petraglia, M.D. 2018. Acheulean technology and landscape use at Dawadmi, central Arabia. PLoS ONE 13(7): e0200497.

Groucutt, H.S., Grün, R., Zalmout, I.S.A., Drake, N.A., Armitage, S.J., Candy, I., Clark-Wilson, R., Louys, J., Breeze, P.S., Duval, M., Buck, L.T., Kivell, T., Pomeroy, E., Stephens, N., Stock, J.T., Stewart, M., Price, G.J., Kinsley, L., Sung, W.W., Alsharekh, A., Al-Omari, A., Zahir, M., Memesh, A.M., Abdulshakoor, A.J., Al-Masari, A.M., Bahameem, A.A., Al Murayyi, K.S.M., Zahrani, B., Scerri, E.M.L., Petraglia, M.D. 2018. Homo sapiens in Arabia 85 thousand years ago. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2, 800–809.

 

2017

Scerri, E.M.L. The West African Stone Age. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History.http://africanhistory.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.001.0001/acrefore-9780190277734-e-137

Scerri, E.M.L. The North African Middle Stone Age and its place in recent human evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology 26 (3), 119-135.

Scerri, E.M.L., Blinkhorn, J., Niang, K., Bateman, M., Groucutt, H.S. Persistence of Middle Stone Age technology to the Pleistocene/Holocene transition supports a complex hominin evolutionary scenario in West Africa. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 11, 639-646.

Scerri, E.M.L. Le contexte démographique de la première dispersion des hommes modernes : une perspective de la Middle Stone Age de l’Afrique du Nord. Annales de la Fondation Fyssen 30161-171.

Scerri, E.M.L. Bridges and barriers: the Late Pleistocene demography of the Saharo-Arabian belt. In D. Agius, E. Khalil and E.M.L. Scerri (eds.), Proceedings of the Red Sea VI Conference. Brill Publishing: Leiden. pp. 69-88.

Groucutt, H.S., Scerri, E.M.L., Amor, K., Shipton, C., Jennings, R.P, Parton, A., Clark-Balzan, L., Alsharekh, A., Petraglia, M.D. Middle Palaeolithic raw material procurement and early stage reduction at Jubbah, Saudi Arabia. Archaeological Research in Asia 9, 44-62.

Breeze, P.S.,  Groucutt, H.S.,  Drake, N.A.,  Louys, J.,  Scerri, E.M.L.,  Armitage, Zalmout, I.S.A., Memesh, A.M., Haptari, M.A., Soubhi, S.A., Matari, H.A.,  Zahir, M.,  Al-Omari, A., Alsharekh, A.M., Petraglia, M.D. Prehistory and palaeoenvironments of the western Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia. Archaeological Research in Asia 10, 1-16.

Campmas, E., Stoetzel, E., Oujaa, A., Scerri, E.M.L. Introduction to the special issue ‘The Role of North Africa in the Emergence and Development of Modern Behaviors: An Integrated Approach. ‘African Archaeological Review 34, 447–449.

 

2016

Scerri, E.M.L., Blinkhorn, J., Gravina, B., Delagnes, A. Can lithic attribute analyses identify discrete reduction trajectories? A quantitative study using refitted lithic constellations. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 23, 669–691.

Scerri, E.M.L., Blinkhorn, J., Groucutt, H.S., Niang, K. The Middle Stone Age of the Senegal River Valley. Quaternary International 408, 16–32.

Groucutt, H.S., Scerri, E.M.L., Lewis, L., Clark-Balzan, L., Blinkhorn, J., Jennings, R.P., Parton, A., Petraglia, M.D. Stone tool assemblages and models for the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa. Quaternary International 382, 8-30. 

Stimpson, C.M., Lister, A., Parton, A., Clark-Balzan, L., Breeze, P.S., Drake, N.A., Groucutt, H.S., Jennings, R., Scerri, E.M.L., White, T.S., Zahir, M., Duval, M., Grün,  R., Al-Omari, A., Sultan, K., Al Murayyi, M., Zalmout, I.S., Mufarreh, Y.A., Memesh, A.M., Petraglia, M.D. Middle Pleistocene vertebrate fossils from the Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia: implications for biogeography and palaeoecology. Quaternary Science Reviews 143, 13-36.

 

2015

Scerri, E.M.L., Breeze, P., Parton, A., Groucutt, H.S., Stimpson, C., White, T.S., Clarke-Balzan, L., Jennings, R., Petraglia, M.D. Middle to Late Pleistocene human habitation in the western Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia. Quaternary International 382, 200-214.

Groucutt, H.S, Shipton, C., Scerri, E.M.L., Alsharekh, A., Petraglia, M.D. Late Pleistocene lakeshore settlement in northern Arabia: Middle Palaeolithic technology from Jebel Katefeh, Jubbah. Quaternary International 382, 215-236.

Breeze, P.S., Drake, N.A., Groucutt, H.S., Parton, A., Jennings, R.P., White, T.S., Clark-Balzan, L., Shipton, S., Scerri, E.M.L., Stimpson, C.M., Crassard, R., Hilbert, Y., Alsharekh, A., Al-Omari, A., Petraglia, M.D. Remote sensing and GIS techniques for reconstructing Arabian palaeohydrology and identifying archaeological sites. Quaternary International 382, 98-119.

Stimpson, C.M., Breeze, P., Clarke-Balzan, L., Groucutt, H.S., Jennings, R.P, Parton, A., Scerri, E.M.L, White, T., Petraglia, M.D. Preliminary observations of stratified Pleistocene vertebrates with a new record of Panthera gombaszogensis (Kretzoi, 1938) from northern Saudi Arabia. Quaternary International 382, 169-180.

Groucutt, H.S , Petraglia, M.D, Bailey, G., Scerri, E.M.L., Thomas, M.G, Parton, A., Clark-Balzan, L., Jennings, R., Lewis, L., Blinkhorn, J., Drake, N.A., Breeze, P., Boivin, N., Inglis, R.H., Devèsc, M.H., Meredith-Williams, M., Scally, A. Rethinking the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa. Evolutionary Anthropology 24, 149-164. doi:10.1002/evan.21455

Groucutt, H. S., Clark-Balzan, L., Crassard, R., Shipton, C., Parton, S., Jennings, R., Parker, A.G., Breeze, P., Scerri, E.M.L., Alsharekh, A., Petraglia, M. D. Human occupation of the Arabian Empty Quarter during MIS 5: evidence from Mundafan al-Buhayrah, Saudi Arabia. Quaternary Science Reviews 119, 116-135.

 

2014

Scerri, E. M. L., Drake, N., Groucutt, H. S., Jennings, R. Earliest Evidence for the Structure of Homo sapiens Populations in Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews 101, 207-216

Scerri E.M.L., Groucutt H. S., Jennings, R., Petraglia, M. D. Unexpected technological heterogeneity in northern Arabia indicates complex Late Pleistocene demography at the gateway to Asia. Journal of Human Evolution 75, 125-142.

Groucutt, H.S., Scerri E.M.L. Lithics of the late Middle Palaeolithic: Post MIS 5 technological variability and its implications. Quaternary International 350, 1-6.

 

2013

Scerri, E. M. L. On the spatial and technological organisation of hafting modifications in the North African Middle Stone Age. Journal of Archaeological Science 40, 4234-4248.

Scerri, E. M. L. The Aterian and its place in the North African Middle Stone Age. Quaternary International 300, 111-130.

 

2012

Scerri, E. M. L. A New Stone Tool Assemblage Revisited: reconsidering the ‘Aterian’ in Arabia. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 42, 357-370.

 

2000

2000 N.Vella, K. Borda, J.M. Briffa, K. Fenech, K. Grinde, E. Scerri, M. L. Sisk, H. Stoeger and M. E. Zammit. Preliminary Report of an Archaeological Survey at Għajn Klieb, Rabat (Malta). Malta Archaeological Review 4, 10-16.

 

Edited Volumes & Books

2017 Aġius, D., Khalil, E. and Scerri, E.M.L. (Eds.). Proceedings of the Red Sea IV Conference. Brill Publishing, Leiden.

2014 Campmas, E, Stoetzel, E., Oujaa, A., Scerri, E.M.L (Eds.). The role of North Africa in the emergence and development of modern behaviours: an integrated approach. African Archaeological Review 34.

2014 Groucutt, H.S. and Scerri, E.M.L. (Eds.). Lithics of the Late Middle Palaeolithic: Post MIS 5 Technological Variability and its Implications. Quaternary International 350.

 

Book Reviews

2019    Scerri, EM.L. Review of the book The Middle Stone Age of Nigeria in its West African context by Philip Allsworth-Jones. Oxford Archaeopress. Published in Azania doi.org/10.1080/0067270X.2019.1676052

2010    Scerri, E.M.L. Review of the book La Grotte d’Ifri n’Ammar: le Paleolithique moyen by M. Nami and J. Moser. Forschungen zur Archäologie Außereuropäischer Kulturen 9. Published in Antiquity 86, 933.

 

Popular Science Writing

2018    Scerri, E.M.L. Human evolution: secrets of early ancestors could be unlocked by African rainforests. The Conversation September 6th, https://theconversation.com/human-evolution-secrets-of-early-ancestors-could-be-unlocked-by-african-rainforests-101636

2018    Scerri, E. M. L. The origin of our species. New Scientist 238, 34-37.


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