Jayson Gill

Advisor: Daniel Adler


Introduction

I am an anthropologically trained digital archaeologist interested in understanding human behaviors and evolution during the Pleistocene epoch. The focus of my doctoral work is the application of cultural evolutionary theories alongside 3D scanning, statistical shape analysis, and traditional modes of lithic analysis to answer questions regarding behavioral change during the Lower to Middle Palaeolithic transition in Eurasia. Since 2014 I have been excavating Pleistocene-aged sites in the Republic of Armenia as part of an international team of archaeologists, geologists, and volcanologists. Outside of Armenia, I work with Pleistocene collections from the United Kingdom that are housed at the British Museum. My experience in archaeology also includes cultural resource management work in the American Southwest and New England.

Research Interestest

Digital preservation, paleoanthropology, human evolution, palaeolithic archaeology, Lower Palaeolithic, Middle Palaeolithic, lithic analysis, 3D scanning, cultural evolution, social transmission, human behavioral ecology, technological transitions, mobility, hominin migrations, geometric morphometrics, quantitative methods, geographic information systems.

Cultural Areas

Armenia, United Kingdom

Publications

Gill, J.P., D.S. Adler, Y. Raczynski-Henk, E. Frahm, J.E. Sherriff, K.N. Wilkinson, and B. Gasparyan. 2021. The Techno-typological and 3D-GM Analysis of Hatis-1: A Late Acheulian Open-Air Site on the Hrazdan-Kotayk Plateau, Armenia. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology 4(29):1-49. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41982-021-00105-5

Gill, J.P. 2017. Book Review: Drawing Lithic Artifacts. Journal of Lithic Studies 4(1): 50-51.

Invited Professional Presentations

Gill, J.P., D.S. Adler, and B. Gasparyan. Metropolitan State University of Denver Anthropology Club (A.L.P.A.C.A.) Lecture Series. September 27, 2016. Invited Speaker. The Hrazdan Gorge Paleolithic Project: Current and Future Research.

Gill, J.P. Indian Peaks Chapter—Colorado Archaeology Society Lecture Series. March 2021. Invited Speaker. The Transcaucasian Expedition: Exploring the Archaeological Record of the Armenian Pleistocene.

Submitted Professional Presentations

Gill, J.P., D.S. Adler, K. Wilkinson, A. Barun, B. Gasparyan. 3rd Annual Workshop for Archaeology Graduate Students in the Northeast (WAGS: NE), University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT. April 2019. A 3D Morphometric Evaluation of Evolutionary Relationships between Biface and Core Technology in Central Armenia.

Gill, J.P., D.S. Adler, K. Wilkinson, A. Barun, B. Gasparyan. Paleoanthropology Society, 2019 annual meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico. April 2019. Nothing from Nothing Ever yet was Born: A Morphometric Exploration of Evolutionary Relationships between Bifaces and Levallois Technology at Nor Geghi I, Armenia.

Gill, J.P., D.S. Adler, K. Wilkinson, A. Barun, B. Gasparyan. Society for American Archaeology, 84th annual meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico. April 2019. Rocks Through the Ages: A 360° Geometric Morphometric Approach to Middle Pleistocene Bifacial Technological Variability in Central Armenia.

Adler, D.S., K. Wilkinson, S. Blockley, E. Frahm, D. Mark, C. Mallol, S. Nahapetyan, E. Beverly, J.P. Gill, M. Knul, R. Timms, and B. Gasparyan. The Lower to Middle Paleolithic boundary: A view from the Near East. University of Haifa. November 2017. Behavioral and Technological Evolution of Late Middle Pleistocene Hominins in the Southern Caucasus.

Adler, D.S., K. Wilkinson, S. Blockley, E. Frahm, D. Mark, C. Mallol, S. Nahapetyan, E. Beverly, P. Glauberman, Y. Raczynski-Henk, O. Jöris, J.P. Gill, M. Kul, R. Timms, and B. Gasparyan. 7th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution. The Relevance of Nor Geghi 1 (Armenia) to the Behavioral and Technological Evolution of Middle Pleistocene Hominins in the Southern Caucasus.

Gill, J.P. Metropolitan State University of Denver Research Conference, Denver, CO. May 2012. Macroscopic Heat-Alteration Attribute Analysis of Lithic Material and Interobserver Error.

Funding

National Science Foundation (April 2020)
Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award: Factors Which Underlie Long Term Cultural Change. $25,142.

University of Connecticut Doctoral Student Travel Award. (April 2019)

Conference Travel Funding $750. Paleoanthropology Society Travel Grant. (April 2019) Conference Travel Funding $250.

Department of Anthropology (UCONN) Summer Research Fellowship. (April 2018) Matters of Shape: Exploratory 3D Analysis of Middle Pleistocene Stone Tools. $2,000.

Department of Anthropology (UCONN) Summer Research Fellowship. (April 2017) Exploratory 3D Analysis of Middle and Late Pleistocene Stone Tools. $3,000.

Department of Anthropology (UCONN) Summer Research Fellowship. (April 2016) Exploratory Archaeological Excavation of Mushakan Pleistocene Deposits. $2,000.

Colorado Archaeological Society Alice Hamilton Award. (June 2012) Exploratory Survey of BLM Land in Northern New Mexico: In Search of Late Paleoindian Occupations. $700.

Contact Information
Emailjayson.gill@uconn.edu
Office LocationBeach Hall 450