Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor
Timothy Taylor
Archaeologist, Professor of the Prehistory of Humanity, University of Vienna; Author, The Artificial Ape

TIMOTHY TAYLOR  is the Professor of the Prehistory of Humanity, University of Vienna.

He was previously Reader in Archaeology at the University of Bradford, UK, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of World Prehistory (New York: Springer; 2008-2017). He read Archaeology and Anthropology at St John's College, Cambridge (1979-82; MA 1985) before specializing in the later prehistoric cultures of central and southeastern Europe (Christ Church, Oxford 1984; Kliment Okhridski University, Sofia 1985; The Queen's College, Oxford, 1985-8, King's College, Cambridge, 1988-1990) and serving as Assistant Editor of Antiquity (1990-2). He received his PhD from Bradford for Publications in Eastern European Archaeology (1994), was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2002), Visiting Professor, University of Vienna (2003), Reader (2004), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2008), and member of the Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK (2009-12).

Taylor’s broad cultural interests extend into art history, poetry and performance. Along with his skeuomorphic alter Krysztina Tautendorfer, he/she is a recognized contemporary artist with collaborations with the photographer Cairn Raider including Artificial Ape: Artifice (Royal Geographic Society, London 2010) and A Portrait of Giulio Camillo (Serpentine Gallery, London 2012). Taylor’s translation of Rilke’s Leichen-Wäsche into English was runner up in The Times/Stephen Spender poetry translation competition 2009.

Taylor’s archaeological research, including archaeological theory, the archaeology of human origins and identity, social control, and the later prehistory of Eurasia, are reflected in contributions to international journals and cross-disciplinary publications including Nature, PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA), Scientific American, Current Anthropology, World Archaeology, Mitt. Anthop. Ges. Wien, Architectural Review, Sciences et Avenir, New Humanist, Prospect Magazine and Antiquity, as well as many standard reference works and regular contributions to the internet salon Edge. He is the author of The Prehistory of Sex: Four Million Years of Human Sexual CultureThe Buried Soul, and The Artificial Apewhich have so far been translated into five languages and which are unified by the attempt to integrate cultural and biological understandings in a long-term perspective. Taylor has advised the UK police (NPIA) on cases involving ritual killing/witchcraft and has also contributed to public archaeology through radio and television in UK, US and Canada (including History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, BBC Timewatch). 

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