Welcome to the excd.lab!

The excd.lab investigates how the startling (yet not infinite!) variety in human culture has evolved. Led by Professor Fiona Jordan and based at the University of Bristol Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, we are interdisciplinary researchers and bring together methods and ideas from across anthropology, biology, and the cognitive and language sciences. Much of the work in the group uses computational evolutionary methods, particularly phylogenetics, but we also use experimental, field, linguistic, and elicitation approaches.

Our current research projects include:

Other recently-finished projects have included:

For more details, see our research, people, and publication pages.

Why “excd.lab”?

Because we EXplore Cultural Diversity and we use Evolutionary and Cross (X) – Cultural methoDs. It’s pronounced “exceed”.