Jonathan Paige


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    Affiliated Researcher

    Jonathan studies the evolution of technologies and the role they play in human evolution. His research funded by the Leakey foundation, focuses on tracing the evolution of cumulative culture in the Hominin lineage, and how reliable lithic technologies are for reconstructing prehistoric migrations, and population histories. To address those problems, he takes a theoretically informed comparative approach, and performs quantitative comparisons of thousands of archaeological assemblages spanning the past 3 million years of hominin evolution. These comparisons include cases in the American Southwest, and Oceania, where population histories are well understood.

    Jonathan has performed fieldwork in the Southern Levant, American Southwest, and Texas as well as archaeological research across Oceania, the Levant, and Americas since 2010. His other interests are in testing new archaeological dating techniques, experimental archaeology, Bayesian statistics, computational archaeology, and hunter-gatherer mobility.


    • Ph.D.Institute of Human Origins, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
    • MA School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
    • BA Department of Anthropology, Baylor University


    Ranhorn, K., Pargeter, J., Premo, & PaST Network Collaborators
    2020 “Investigating the evolution of human social learning through collaborative experimental archaeology”. Evolutionary Anthropology. Vol. 29, issue 2. Pp. 53-55

    Chase, A. and J. Paige.
    2020 Local Chert Reduction, Maintenance, and Toolmaking: Terminal Classic Chert Use at Nohmul, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. Vol 17. pp. 67-79

    Paige, J., K. Michelaki, C. Campisano., C. M. Barton, A. Heimsath.
    2017 Are the intensities and durations of small-scale pottery firings sufficient to completely dehydroxylate clays? Testing a key assumption underling ceramic rehydroxylation dating”. Journal of Archaeological Science. Vol. 79, pp. 44-52

    Smith, S., J. Paige, C. Makarewicz.
    2016 “Further Diversity in the Early Neolithic of the Southern Levant: A First Look at the PPNA Chipped Stone Tool Assemblage from el-Hemmeh, Southern Jordan”. Paléorient. Vol. 42.1, pp. 7-25


    J. Paige and C. Perreault.
    2022 “The Evolution of Cumulative Culture in the Hominin Lineage”, American Association of Biological Anthropologists meeting, Denver, Colorado.

    C. Hsin-Yee Huang, Murray, J., James, S., Ithxayana Ferrer, A., Paige, J., Hansen, N., Ranhorn, K.
    2022 “Flake it ‘Til You Make It: Raw Material Quality, Skill and Variation in Stone Tool Production”, Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

    J. Paige
    2020 “Measuring the reliability of stone tools for reconstructing cultural relationships”, CLIOARCH webinar series, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

    J. Paige, D. Dytchkowskyj and C. Perreault.
    2020 “Measuring the complexity of stone tool technologies from the Lower Paleolithic through the Late Holocene”. Society for American Archaeology 84th annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    L. Carpenter and J. Paige.
    2019 “Tools for Change: Food Preparation Techniques during State Formation at the Tilcajete Sites”. Society for American Archaeology annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    J. Paige and C. Perreault.
    2018 “Was Acheulean technology genetically constrained? Comparing variation in Acheulean tools to variation in North American bird nests”. Society of American Archaeology 2018 meeting, Washington D.C.

    J. Paige and D. Miltimore,
    2016 “Intergroup variation in flake attributes and consequences for reconstructing cultural interactions”. Southwestern Association of Biological Anthropologists 2016 meeting, Tempe, Arizona. session.