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Tilahun Asefa Abrha

Doctoral student

Abteilung für Menschliche Ursprünge
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

E-Mail: tilahun_asefa_abrha@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interest

I am interested in the study of the evolutionary history of stone tool production: where, when, and how it began to emerge and evolve. I am also interested in stone tool use-wear and residue studies to address questions related to stone tool function during the prehistoric period. 
Under the supervision of Dr. Shannon McPherron and Dr. Lydia Luncz, my PhD project focuses on investigating the origin of intentional flake production in the lineage of our ancestral species through a typo-technological comparative analysis of experimental, archaeological, and non-human primate manufactured lithic assemblages. 

Curriculum vitae


2019-PresentLecturer, Mekelle University, Ethiopia
2016-2018  Lecturer, Samara University, Ethiopia


2023-PresentPhD candidate, Dep. of Human Origins, Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
2021- 2023MSc. in Archaeological Materials Science, University of Evora (Portugal), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)
2014-2016MA in Archaeology and Heritage Management, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Research Experience

2022Excavation at Pech de l’Azè IV project, France 
2018 & 2019Survey and excavation at Mille- Logya Project, Afar, Ethiopia
2013, 2018 & 2019Survey and excavation at Ledi-Geraru Project, Afar, Ethiopia 
2012Survey and excavation at Kesem Kebena Dulecha Project, Afar, Ethiopia and Koobi Fora, Kenya