Alice Williams
PhD Student


I am interested in human culture and why we live in the vastly complex societies that we do today. My background is in archaeology and has included studying the archaeology of China, India, Southeast Asia, North and South America and Mesoamerica, as well as excavation at sites in Europe, Peru and Kazakhstan. I have also worked as an archaeobotanist (studying ancient plant remains) at sites in Turkey and Kurdistan. More recently, I have worked as a research assistant on SESHAT: The Global History Databank ( coding social complexity and warfare variables for polities from the Konya Plain (Turkey) and Kachi Plain (Pakistan). My current interest is in trying to understand archaeological patterns of state formation using evolutionary theory.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Cultural evolution
  • Archaeology


(2013) MSt Archaeology, University of Oxford
(2012) BA (Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Contact details

AddressPeter Lanyon Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Treliever Road
TR10 9FE

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