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Wei Chu

Name
Dr. W. Chu
Telephone
+31 71 527 2927
E-mail
w.chu@arch.leidenuniv.nl
ORCID iD
0000-0002-4595-388X

Wei Chu is a postdoc researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology

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Office days

Monday to Friday

Research

The overarching goal of my research is to document how culture and environment relate to our evolutionary foundations through the dual lenses of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology. I am particularly interested in determining how, despite common underlying motivations, material cultural diversity arises from the structural constraints of larger social/environmental systems. Methodologically, I focus on developing and testing new models of how artifacts, archaeological sites and fossilized behavior relate to past environments using data-driven techniques gathered from the field and laboratory. Recently, my scholarly focus has been to pinpoint the nature and timing of the Late Middle Palaeolithic and early Upper Paleolithic in the East-Central Europe and debunk the myth that climate was the main driver for the initial modern human settlement of Europe. Additionally, I maintain a separate research stream of experimentally detailing post-depositional changes to lithic artifacts.

Curriculum vitae

Education
2021 Habilitation, Prehistory; University of Cologne, DE
2013 Ph.D., Archaeology; University of Reading, UK
2008 M.A., Paleoanthropology; Leiden University, NL
2004 B.A., Cultural Anthropology (honors); Rutgers University, USA

Previous professorial appointments
2021–pres Privatdozent, Institute for Prehistory, University of Cologne, DE
2014–2021 Lecturer/Researcher, Institute for Prehistory, University of Cologne, DE
2019 Visiting Scholar, New York University
2007 Intern, American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Human Origins

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