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Department of Archaeology



Benjamin received a BA in anthropology from Stony Brook University in 2016, and an MPhil in Archaeological Research from Cambridge in 2017. He is broadly interested in human palaeoecology, or the relationship between ancient humans and the environments that they lived in. He currently conducts research in northern Vietnam, where he studies prehistoric adaptation to climate change.


  • Lithic Technology and Raw Material Utilization
  • Palaeoecology
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Statistics

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Rabett, R., Coward, F., Holmes, R., Bachtsevanidou-Strantzali, I., Green, E., Hill, E., Kahlert, T., Kelly, C., McAllister, M. O'Donnell, S., Pyne-O'Donnell, S., Redmond, A., Stimpson, C., Nguyen, D.T., Tan, T.V., Bui, M.V., Ludgate, N., Macleod, R., Utting, B., Tan, N.C., Nguyen, T.H., Nguyen, T.M.H., Nguyen, N.T., Nguyen T.L., Khanh, S.P., Truong, T.Q.T., Vu, D.L., Vu, T.L., Vu, L.T., Tran, T.Q.T., Verhoeven, M. (2019) 'Human Adaptation to Coastal Evolution: Late Quaternary Evidence from Southeast Asia (SUNDASIA) - A Report on the Second Year of the Project', Vietnam Archaeology 13, pp. 23-49

Stimpson, C.M., Utting, B., O'Donnell, S., Huong, N.T.M., Kahlert, T., Manh, B.V., Khanh, P.S., Rabett, R.J. (2019) 'An 11 000-year-old giant muntjac subfossil from Northern Vietnam: implications for past and present populations', Royal Society Open Science 6: 181461.

Pargeter, J., Shea, J.J., & Utting, B. (2016) 'Quartz backed tools as arrowheads and hand-cast spearheads: Hunting experiments and macro-fracture analysis', Journal of Archaeological Science, 73, pp. 145-157

Teaching and Supervisions


I am involved in the teaching of the following courses:

  • BAN3 (Human Evolution)
  • A22 (Palaeolithic Archaeology)
  • B2 (Human Ecology and Behavior)
Research supervision: 

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member of the Society for American Archaeology

Job Titles

PhD student in Archaeology

General Info

Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Human Evolution
Artefact Analysis & Technology
Computational and Quantitative Archaeology

Contact Details

The Henry Wellcome Building
Fitzwilliam Street
bju23 [at]


Biological Anthropology
Science, Technology and Innovation
Human Evolutionary Studies
Geographical areas: 
Southeast Asia
Periods of interest: