John Murray

IHO Affiliated Graduate Student
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

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Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


John Murray is a graduate student interested in Paleolithic archaeology, paleoanthropology, hominin behavioral variability, lithic technology, experimental archaeology, human-environment interaction, Niche Construction Theory, and the interaction between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens.

John's research has primarily focused on the Paleolithic of the Near East, but he has interests in the archaeology of Africa and eastern Asia. He has conducted field work on the Azraq Marshes Archaeological and Paleoecological Project (AMAPP) at the late Lower Paleolithic site Shishan Marsh - 1 in al-Azraq, Jordan. More recently, he has worked at the Upper Paleolithic cave site Mughr el-Hamamah in the Jordan Valley. For his MA research, John tested the hypothesis that handaxes were multi-functional tools in the past using a combination of experimental archaeology and the edge damage distribution method.

Currently, John is working at the Later Stone Age site, Knysna in South Africa. His dissertation research will investigate the role of pyrotechnology in human adaptations during the late Middle Stone Age and Later Stone Age of South Africa.


2017 - M.A., Anthropology, and Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Victoria
2015 - Graduate Certificate in GIS, Johns Hopkins University 
2014 - B.A., Anthropology, Stony Brook University 

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