Cultural Evolution Lab

The Cultural Evolution Lab studies the evolution of social complexity and social cohesion. The massive and ground breaking Seshat: Global History Databank flagship project, founded by CEL members Peter Turchin, Harvey Whitehouse and Pieter François, covers very long timescales that run from the Neolithic age until the present day. Other, smaller projects focus on shorter timescales and specific geographic areas, including the Neolithic transition in the Levant, traditional pre-colonial societies and post-1945 civil war armed groups. The Cultural Evolution Lab also constitutes a centre of expertise on workflow and data quality issues for humanities and social science projects.

CELhome.pngCULTURAL EVOLUTION LAB HEADQUARTERS, THE PAULING CENTRE, 58A BANBURY ROAD, OXFORD

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Our goal is to test rival social scientific hypotheses with historical and archaeological data

 SESHAT: GLOBAL HISTORY DATABANK ➞

If you would like to participate in any of the projects run by the Cultural Evolution Lab, including the Seshat project, please email us at evolab@anthro.ox.ac.uk to find out more.