Dr Gilbert B Tostevin

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379 HHH Center

301 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2000.


  • human evolution
  • lithic technology
  • Old World archaeology
  • Paleolithic archaeology
  • cultural transmission theory
  • experimental archaeology
  • origins of modern humans
  • material culture
Courses Taught
  • Anth 1001 - Human Evolution
  • Anth 2006/3006 - Humans & Aliens: Learning Anthropology through Science Fiction
  • Anth 3008 - Introduction to Flintknapping
  • Anth 5008 - Advanced Flintknapping
  • Anth 5221 - Anthropology of Material Culture
  • Anth 5269 - Analysis of Stone Tool Technology
Research & Professional Activities


  • Three-dimensional Analysis & Modeling of Stone Tools: The exploration and testing of new analytical techniques for understanding stone tool variability through the analysis of 3D models of experimental flakes., February 2005 - current
  • Principle Investigator: Excavation of the Early Upper Paleolithic site of Tvarožná X (Moravia, Czech Republic) in collaboration with Dr. Petr Škrdla of the Institute of Archaeology, Brno. Funded by the NSF BCS-Archaeology Program ($162,432 for 2014-2017)) with co-PI Gilliane Monnier, 2008 - 2018
  • Principle Investigator : Excavation, Analysis, & Dating of the Early Upper Paleolithic site of Brno-Bohunice, Czech Republic. In collaboration with Petr Škrdla (Institute of Archaeology, Brno) & Daniel Richter (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig). Funded by Leakey Foundation & U of M Grant-in-Aid, 2002 - 2008


  • Invited Speaker: Public lecture for the Minnesota Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, Science Museum of Minnesota., Dec. 1, 2011
  • Flintknapping Instructor: Camp Goodall of the Science Museum of Minnesota, July 17, 2011 - July 18, 2011
  • Anthropology Consultant: Anthropological issues for engineers & advanced product development, Tennant Corporation, 2009 - 2010
  • Invited Speaker: Pleistocene Migrations and Human Evolution, for the John B. Coleman Lecture Series of the Mindstretch Group, St. Paul, MN., October 27, 2005
  • Tostevin, Gilbert B. "Chapter 20. Prospects and Challenges for Future Research at Crvena Stijena and in Montenegro." In Robert Whallon (ed.), Crvena Stijena in Cultural and Ecological Context: Multidisciplinary Archaeological Research in Montenegro (2017): 456-463.
  • Premo, Luke S., and G. Tostevin, 2016. Cultural Transmission on the Taskscape: Exploring the Effects of Taskscape Visibility on Cultural Diversity. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0161766. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161766.Download
  • Frahm, Ellery, Joshua M. Feinberg, Gilliane F. Monnier, G. Tostevin, Boris Gasparyan, Daniel S. Adler, 2016. Lithic raw material units based on magnetic properties: A blind test with Armenian obsidian and application to the Middle Palaeolithic site of Lusakert Cave 1. Journal of Archaeological Science 74: 102-123.
  • Mlejnek, Ondřej, Petr Škrdla, G. Tostevin, Lenka Lisá, Jan Novák, 2016. Želeč I (okr. Prostějov / CZ) –the Early Upper Palaeolithic Stratified Site: the Question of the Integrity of the Ondratice I / Želeč Surface Collection. Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt 46(1):1-14.
  • Shott, M., and G. Tostevin, 2015. Diversity Under the Bipolar Umbrella. Lithic Technology 40(4): 377-384.
  • Tostevin, G., 2012. Seeing Lithics: A Middle-Range Theory for Testing for Cultural Transmission in the Pleistocene. American School of Prehistoric Research Monograph Series, Peabody Museum, Harvard University, & Oxbow Books. ISBN 978-1-84217-527-9. See http://www.oxbowbooks.com/dbbc/catalog/product/view/id/62847/s/seeing-lithics/ AND https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/node/536 Image
  • Tostevin, Gilbert B., 2011. An Introduction to the Special Issue: Reduction Sequence, Chaîne Opératoire, and Other Methods: The Epistemologies of Different Approaches to Lithic Analysis. PaleoAnthropology 2011: 293-296. Download
  • Tostevin, Gilbert B., 2011. Levels of Theory and Social Practice in the Reduction Sequence and Chaîne Opératoire Methods of Lithic Analysis.PaleoAnthropology 2011: 351-375. Download
  • Nejman, L., E. Rhodes, P. Škrdla, G. Tostevin, P. Neruda, Z. Nerudová, K. Valoch, M. Oliva, L. Kaminská, J. A. Svoboda, and R. Grün, 2011. New Chronological Evidence for the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition in the Czech Republic and Slovakia: New Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating Results.Archaeometry 53(5):1044-1066.
  • Tostevin, Gilbert B., 2009. The Importance of Process and Historical Event in the Study of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition. In, J. Shea & D. Lieberman (eds.), Transitions in Prehistory: Papers in Honor of Ofer Bar-Yosef, pp. 166-183. Oxford: Oxbow Books. Download
  • Škrdla, P., G. Tostevin, D. Nývlt, L. Lisá, O. Mlejnek, A. Prichystal, D. Richter, 2009. Tvarožná-Za školou. The Results of 2008 Excavation Season.Prehled výzkumu 50(1-2):11-24. Download
  • D. Richter, G. Tostevin, P. Škrdla, W. Davies, 2009. New radiometric ages for the Early Upper Palaeolithic type locality of Brno-Bohunice (Czech Republic). Comparison of OSL, IRSL, TL, and 14C dating results.Journal of Archaeological Science 36(3):708-720.
  • D. Richter, G. Tostevin, P. Škrdla, 2008. Bohunician technology and the thermoluminescence dating of the type locality of Brno-Bohunice (Czech Republic). Journal of Human Evolution 55(5):871-885.
  • M. Penn, G. Laden, and G. Tostevin, 2008. Exhibit Review Essay: RACE: Are We So Different? Museum Anthropology 31(2):148-156. Download
  • Tostevin, Gilbert B., 2007. "Social Intimacy, Artefact Visibility, and Acculturation Models of Neanderthal-Modern Human Interaction." In, Rethinking the Human Revolution: New Behavioural and Biological Perspectives on the Origins and Dispersal of Modern Humans. P. Mellars, K. Boyle, O. Bar-Yosef, & C. Stringer (eds.), 341-357. MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research Monographs, Cambridge University, UK Download
  • Tostevin, Gilbert B., Škrdla, Petr (2006). "New Excavations at Bohunice and the Question of the Uniqueness of the Type-site for the Bohunician Industrial Type." Anthropologie (Brno), XLIV(1), 31-48. Download
  • P. Škrdla &G. Tostevin, 2005. Brno-Bohunice, Analysis of the Material from the 2002 Excavation. Prehled výzkumu 46: 35-61. Download
  • Tostevin, Gilbert B., 2003. "Attribute Analysis of the Lithic Technologies of Stránská skála II-III in their Regional and Inter-regional Context." In, Stránská skála: Origins of the Upper Paleolithic in the Brno Basin, Jiri Svoboda & Ofer Bar-Yosef (eds.), 77-118. American School of Prehistoric Research Bulletin 47, Peabody Museum Press, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Download
  • Tostevin, Gilbert B., 2003. "A Quest for Antecedents: A Comparison of the Terminal Middle Paleolithic and Early Upper Paleolithic of the Levant." In, More than Meets the Eye: Studies on Upper Palaeolithic Diversity in the Near East, Nigel Goring-Morris & Anna Belfer-Cohen (eds.), 54-67. Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK. Download
  • Tostevin, Gilbert B., 2000. "The Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition from the Levant to Central Europe: in situ development or diffusion?" In, Neanderthals and modern humans: discussing the transition. Central & Eastern Europe from 50,000-30,000 BP, Jörg Orschiedt & Gerd-Christian Weniger (eds.), 90-109. Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann, Germany. Download
  • Tostevin, Gilbert B., 2000. "It Happened Twice: Inter-regional Diffusion between 60 and 30 kya in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Levant." In, Vremya Poslednih Neandertaltsev (Time of the Last Neanderthals), 216-235. A Special Edition of Stratum Plus, pp. 216-235. High Anthropological School. St. Petersburg, Russia.