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Kathleen A. Sterling

Associate Professor



Kathleen Sterling's research is centered in the French Pyrenees, where she is currently co-director of Peyre Blanque, an open-air late Paleolithic site. This project grew out of a long-term pedestrian survey project that has collected thousands of lithic objects spanning the Paleolithic. Her interests include lithic technology, learning and identity, communities of practice, Paleolithic visual imagery, hunting and gathering groups, gender and feminist science, Black feminist theory, landscape archaeology, and the sociopolitics of archaeology. The themes of her work are concerned with dispelling myths about human ancestors as violent, primitive, and limited. She is also concerned with equal opportunity in anthropology and science in general, particularly in the ways in which this has an impact on knowledge production.


  • PhD, MA, University of California at Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Lithic Analysis
  • Feminism and Gender
  • Communities of Practice
  • Sociopolitics of Archaeology
  • Ethics of Archaeology
  • Prehistoric Europe