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The CECD is an AHRC funded research group dedicated to examining the evolutionary underpinnings of human cultural behaviour, past and present. more>

   
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Research Fellows Profile
Dr Peter Schauer
Institute of Archaeology, University College London

31-34 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0PY
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7495
Email: p.schauer@ucl.ac.uk

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Funding
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Research and Teaching interests
My research explores processes of cultural evolution, especially in relation to the production and consumption of stylistic artefacts such as figure painted Greek pottery. This involves the application of cultural transmission theory (Boyd and Richerson 1985) and the neutral model developed by Neiman (1995) and expanded by Bentley et. al. (2004).

My research is grounded in the principles of human behavioural ecology and informed by several years of work in London's contemporary art market (1996-2002). In addition to the neutral model, I am interested in theories of art production related to prestige, status negotiation and sexual selection.
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Educational Background
BA Art History, University of Missouri, Columbia (Bright Flight scholarship)
MSc Human Evolution and Behaviour, University College, London (Distinction)
MPhil/PhD underway at Institute of Archaeology (AHRB funded)
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Associated Continuing AHRC CEACB Projects (Phase 1):
Project 041
Art and Constant Change: An Analysis of Two Case Studies


Associated Publications - AHRC CECD - phase 2:
Schauer, P (2007).
Cultural evolution in the age of Athens: drift and selection in Greek pottery motifs.EHBES 2007 Conference. London.
Associated Publications - AHRC CEACB - phase 1:
Schauer, P (2007).
Cultural evolution in the age of Athens: drift and selection in Greek pottery motifs.EHBES 2007 Conference. London.