Dr. David Braun is an Archaeologist working on the earliest part of human prehistory in Africa. He is based out of the Centre for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology at George Washington University. He has conducted field research in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique and Guinea. Dr. Braun is particularly interested in investigating how humans transfer information between individuals.
Dr. Braun has begun to investigate how this can be measured in humans and our closest living relatives, chimpanzees. During his British Academy Visiting Fellowship, Dr. Braun will be working with his colleagues at the University of Oxford that study the origins of tool use and their correlates in primates. He will also be investigating some of the earliest known tool use amongst our earlies ancestors from sites in Kenya and Ethiopia. Ultimately, Dr. Braun hopes to understand how the uniquely human trait of high fidelity information transfer evolved.