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Professor Alex Bentley

Professor Alex Bentley

Professor Alex Bentley
BSc(Bowdoin), MA(C'nell), MSc(C'nell), PHd(Wis)


Honorary Professor

Area of research

Culture evolution, past and present

Office 2N06
43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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+44 (0) 117 331 1191


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Alex Bentley’s research concerns modelling and understanding collective ``herding’’ behaviour in society, and testing these models against real-world phenomena -- the subject of his 2011 book with MIT press. A second, distinct area of research explores community diversity, kinship and social complexity in prehistoric societies. Recent isotopic results in PNAS (June 2012) report the oldest evidence for hereditary inequality in Neolithic Europe.


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  • PhD. University of Wisconsin, Anthropology
  • M.S. Cornell University, Geology/Geochemistry
  • M.A. Cornell University, Archaeology
  • B.A. Bowdoin College, Physics (Magna Cum Laude)

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