Biography Alfred Pawlik

Research Interest:

My area of research includes the Archaeology of hunters and gatherers and the expansion of early and modern hominins in Europe and Asia. I am especially interested in the development and reconstruction of prehistoric technology and human behaviour, the development of stone tool technology and the identification of tool use and function with optical and electron microscopy and X-ray microprobes. Triggered by several academic cooperations with universities in Asia and a number of visiting professorships, I developed a keen interest in Southeast Asian Prehistory. Especially, the earliest expansion of archaic and modern hominids into Island Southeast Asia and searching for traces of early modern hominin behaviour is in the focus of my research. Currently, I am a project leader of the multi-disciplinary project “Palaeoenviromental and Biodiversity study of Mindoro Island: An Archaeological Science Initiative”, supported by an EIDR Research Grant of the University of the Philippines and chief investigator of the field project “In Search of the Earliest Human Colonists of the Philippine Archipelago. Surveys and Excavations on Ilin Island, Mindoro Occidental”, supported by the National Geographic Global Exploration Fund.

Maintaining an academic interaction between the Prehistory of SE-Asia and Europe, I am actively participating in several research projects in Europe. With regards to the development of international academic links of the Archaeological Studies Program, I am coordinating partnerships with archaeological institutes in Europe as well as exchange programs within Erasmus Mundus. Aside from my work in Southeast Asia and Europe, I have conducted fieldwork and research in Oman, Jemen, Turkey and Egypt.

Area of Specialization:

Prehistoric Technology and Human Behaviour, Microwear and Residue Analysis, Palaeolithic of Europe and Southeast-Asia, Geoarchaeology

Current Projects:

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Palaeoenviromental and Biodiversity study of Mindoro Island: An Archaeological Science Initiative

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In Search of the Earliest Human Colonists of the Philippine Archipelago. Surveys and Excavations at Ilin Island, Mindoro Occidental

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Neandertal Man and his Technology - Analysis of the lithic assemblage from the Neandertal type locality Feldhofer Grotto

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The earliest evidence for the deliberate human production of a synthetic adhesive during the Eemian in the Lower Rhine Valley, Germany. A 120,000 year old device for the production of birch pitch in the Micoquien site of Inden-Altdorf.

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Prehistoric utilization and archaeological significance of adzes made of giant clam in the Philippines

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Microwear and Residue Analysis of Lithic Artefacts from Vito Cave, Peñablanca, Cagayan and the Reconstruction of Prehistoric Technology, Cave Function and Site Activities

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The Mesolithic of Ullafelsen, Tyrol: Early Holocene Alpine Archaeology

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The Mesolithic of Friesack 4. Microwear and residue analysis

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Aurignacien burins busqueés: bladelet cores or spear points?

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Modern traits in the Philippine Palaeolithic

Education

1995

PhD in Prehistory, University of Tübingen, Faculty of Geosciences

1992

M.A. in Prehistory, University of Tübingen, Faculty of Geosciences

Archaeology Courses Taught

Archaeology 2

Introduction to Archaeology (undergraduate course)

Archaeology 202

History of Archaeology

Archaeology 204

Scientific Archaeological Analysis

Archaeology 205

Scientific Illustration and Photography for Archaeology

Archaeology 210

Statistics in Archaeology

Archaeology 211

Computers in Archaeology

Archaeology 220

Philippine Prehistoric Archaeology

Archaeology 221

The Stone Ages

Archaeology 243

Lithic Analysis

Archaeology 297

Special Topics in Archaeology

Archaeology 298

Special Topics in Regional Archaeology (European Prehistory)

Special Awards

University of the Philippines 2012-2014 Scientific Productivity Award

University of the Philippines 2012 Centennial Professorial Chair Award

University of the Philippines 2011 Centennial Professorial Chair Award

University of the Philippines 2010 Centennial Professorial Chair Award

University of the Philippines 2009 Centennial Professorial Chair Award

University of the Philippines Diliman 2008 Centennial Professorial Chair Awards