Professor Bruce Bradley

Research interests

Bruce's research has taken him to projects ranging from Stone Age digs in England, Ireland, Spain, France, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, and Russia.  He has also been involved with research at Paleoindian sites in North America, including Clovis, in Wyoming , Colorado and Texas; and he has conducted some of the research in the northern Southwest of the US that is redefining ancient Pueblo history. Bruce is also known throughout the world as a master flintknapper. His current research focus is on the possible Ice Age colonization of Eastern North America.  He has recently been appointed Co-principal Investigator of the Gault site in Central Texas.  While committed to evidence-based research, Bruce applies his anthropological training to his interpretations. He holds Research Associate appointments at the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Texas and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.  Highly respected in the professional archaeology community, he is also active in the amateur community and involves amateurs in excavations where ever he is working.  Since coming to Exeter he has also involved many students in his research and excavations in Russia, Ireland, France, the U.K. and Texas.  

Bruce has been featured in numerous documentaries and is frequently sought out by authors and filmmakers for technical advice. His current projects include contributions to a NOVA programme (American Public Broadcasting Service) that will be aired on November 16, 2010 (in North America).  This document an experiment into a revolutionary method of moving large monuments stones in the British Neolithic.  He is also contributing to a documentary for the Smithsonian Channel, examining the evidence for a trans-Atlantic connection during the Last Glacial Maxium, scheduled for next year. 

Bruce has received research support from the International Research Exchanges, National Science Foundation of America, and National Geographic, and worked for such prominent institutions as the Smithsonian, the University of Wyoming, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Institute of Material Culture History, St. Petersburg, and the Archaeological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Bruce is currently working on a book, with Dr. Dennis Stanford of the Smithsonian, about Ice Age colonization of eastern North America leading to the Clovis Culture.  This indicates that some early people in the Americas had historical connections to the Solutrean Culture of Southwest Europe.

Bruce has also been awarded a three-year Leverhulme Trust grant to support research into the learning of flintknapping and its relationship to the development of the modern human mind in a project called Learning to be Human. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Dietrich Stout, Emory University, Atlanta and Dr. James Steele, UCL, London.

Research collaborations

Bruce holds appointments in several positions in institutions in North America including the Smithsonian Institution and Augustana College.  He has also been appointed Adjunct Faculty in the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India and is actively collaborating with colleagues in Sao Paulo University, Brazil.