Dr Iain Morley

Iain Morley

Dr Iain Morley is Academic Coordinator of the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, and is a Palaeoanthropologist and Archaeologist.

His research and publications have focused particularly on the evolutionary origins and Palaeolithic archaeology of music, ritual and religious behaviours, including the book The Prehistory of Music, published by Oxford University Press. He welcomes enquiries from potential researchers interested in these fields.

He frequently contributes to television, radio and popular science writing, and is an expert guide lecturer to the Palaeolithic sites and cave art of the Dordogne for Andante travels. He has also excavated at prehistoric and classical archaeology sites in Britain, Croatia, Czechia, Libya, Italy and Greece. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and previously held a Hunt Fellowship of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

Before taking up his current role he was Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology and Human Sciences in the School of Anthropology, Oxford, teaching for the MSc in Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology and the BA degrees in Human Sciences and Archaeology & Anthropology. He came to Oxford from Cambridge where he was a researcher and lecturer in the Faculty of Archaeology & Anthropology and a Fellow of Darwin College; he completed his PhD at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 2003.

For the award-winning Ashmolean Museum Living in the Stone Age film shorts see: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEXVZtyk7EYVQAaCsd87eBA7HQzHbcuAO

For the Origins of Music film and trailers, see: http://www.theoriginsofmusic.com/

For more details of research and publications please see below and at https://oxford.academia.edu/IainMorley

For an overview of books, see: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iain-Morley/e/B00EECWJRC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_5?qid=1476461367&sr=8-5

 

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

 

Monograph:

Morley, I. (2013) The Prehistory of Music: Human Evolution, Archaeology, and the Origins of Musicality. Oxford University Press, Oxford (Paperback 2018).

 

Edited volumes:

Renfrew, C., Morley, I. & Boyd, M. (2018) Ritual, Play and Belief, in Evolution and Early Human Societies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

 

Renfrew, C., Boyd, M. & Morley, I. (2016) Death Rituals, Social Order and the Archaeology of Immortality in the Ancient World: Death Shall Have No Dominion. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

 

Morley, I. & Renfrew, C. (eds.) (2010) The Archaeology of Measurement: Comprehending Heaven, Earth and Time in Ancient Societies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

 

de Rond, M. & Morley, I. (eds.) (2010) Serendipity: Fortune and the Prepared Mind. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

 

Renfrew, C. & Morley, I. (eds.) (2009) Becoming Human: Innovation in Prehistoric Material and Spiritual Culture. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

 

Renfrew, C. & Morley, I. (eds.) (2007) Image and Imagination: A Global Prehistory of Figurative Representation. McDonald Institute Monographs, Cambridge.

 

 

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

 

Merker, B., Morley, I. & Atema, W. (2018) Five fundamental constraints on theories of the origins of music. In H. Honing (ed.): The Origins of Musicality. MIT Press, Cambridge (MA).

 

Trehub, S., Becker, J. & Morley, I. (2018) Cross-cultural perspectives on music and musicality. In H. Honing (ed.): The Origins of Musicality. MIT Press, Cambridge (MA).

 

Morley, I. (2018) The Pentagram of Performance: Ritual, play and social transformation. In C. Renfrew, I. Morley & M. Boyd (eds.), Ritual, Play and Belief, in Evolution and Early Human Societies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, p. 321-332.

 

Morley, I. (2018) Pretend play, cognition and life history in human evolution. In C. Renfrew, I. Morley & M. Boyd (eds.), Ritual, Play and Belief, in Evolution and Early Human Societies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, p. 66-86.

 

Morley, I. (2018) Introducing Ritual, Play and Belief, In Evolution and Early Human Societies. In C. Renfrew, I. Morley & M. Boyd (eds.), Ritual, Play and Belief, in Evolution and Early Human Societies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, p.1-8.

 

Merker, B., Morley, I. & Atema, W. (2015) Five fundamental constraints on theories of the origins of music. In H. Honing, C.ten Cate, I. Peretz & S. Trehub (eds.): Biology, Cognition and Origins of Musicality, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Theme Issue, Feb. 2015.

 

Trehub, S., Becker, J. & Morley, I. (2015) Cross-cultural perspectives on music and musicality. In H. Honing, C.ten Cate, I. Peretz & S. Trehub (eds.): Biology, Cognition and Origins of Musicality, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Theme Issue, Feb. 2015.

 

Morley, I. (2014) A multi-disciplinary approach to the origins of music: perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, cognition and behaviour. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 92, p. 147-177.

 

Cross, I, & Morley, I. (2014) Muzyka i ewolucja: natura dowodów naukowych (Music and evolution: the nature of the evidence) in P. Podlipniak & P. Przybysz  (eds.), Laboratorium mysli muzycznej II: Neuroestetyka muzyki (The Musical Thought Laboratory, Vol. II: Neuroaesthetics of Music). Poznań Society for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences, Poland.

 

Morley, I. (2012) Hominin physiological evolution and the emergence of musical capacities, in N. Bannan (ed.), Music, Language and Human Evolution. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 109-141.

 

Morley, I. (2012) A Grand Gesture: vocal and corporeal control in melody, rhythm and emotion, in P. Rebuschat, P. Rohrmeier, J. Hawkins & I. Cross (eds.) Language and Music as Cognitive Systems. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 110-120.

 

Morley, I. (2010) Conceptualising quantification before settlement: issues and activities underlying the conception and use of measurement, in I. Morley & C. Renfrew (eds.) The Archaeology of Measurement: Comprehending Heaven, Earth and Time in Ancient Societies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

 

Renfrew, C. & Morley, I. (2010) Measure: towards the construction of our world, in I. Morley & C. Renfrew (eds.) The Archaeology of Measurement: Comprehending Heaven, Earth and Time in Ancient Societies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

 

Morley, I. & de Rond, M. (2010) Fortune and the prepared mind, in M. de Rond & I. Morley (eds.) Serendipity: Fortune and the Prepared Mind. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1-9.

 

Barker, G., Antoniadou, A., Barton, H., Brooks, I., Candy, I., Drake, N., Farr, L., Hunt, C., Ibrahim, A., Inglis, R., Jones, S., Morales, J., Morley, I., Mutri, G., Rabett, R., Reynolds, T., Simpson, D., Twati, M. & White, T. (2009) The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2009: the third season of excavations of the Haua Fteah cave and its landscape, and further results from the 2007-2008 fieldwork. Libyan Studies 40, 55-94.

 

Morley, I. (2009) Ritual and music – parallels and practice, and the Palaeolithic, in C. Renfrew & I. Morley (eds.) Becoming Human: Innovation in Prehistoric Material and Spiritual Culture. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 159-75.

 

Cross, I. & Morley, I., (2009) The evolution of music: theories, definitions and the nature of the evidence, in S. Malloch & C. Trevarthen (eds.), Communicative Musicality. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 61-82

 

Barker, G, Basell, L. Brooks, I., Cartwright, C., Cole, F., Davison, J., Farr, L., Grün, R., Hamilton, R., Hunt, C., Inglis, R., Jacobs, Z., Legge, T., Leitch, V., Morales, J., Morley, I., Morley, M., Pawley, S., Pryor, A., Roberts, B.,Reynolds, T., el-Rishi, H., Simpson, D., Twati, M. & van der Veen, M. (2008) The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2008: the second season of investigations of the Haua Fteah cave and its landscape, and further results from the initial (2007) fieldwork. Libyan Studies 39, 175-222.

 

Morley, I. (2007) New questions of old hands: outlines of human representation in the Palaeolithic, in C. Renfrew & I. Morley (eds.) Image and Imagination: a Global Prehistory of Figurative Representation. McDonald Institute Monographs, Cambridge, 69-81.

 

Morley, I. (2007) Material Beginnings: Introducing Image and Imagination, in C. Renfrew & I. Morley (eds.) Image and Imagination: a Global Prehistory of Figurative Representation. McDonald Institute Monographs, Cambridge, xvii-xxii.

 

Morley, I. (2007) Time, cycles and ritual behaviour, in D. Barrowclough & C. Malone (eds.), Cult in Context: Reconsidering Ritual in Archaeology. Oxbow Books, Oxford, 205-209.

 

Morley, I. (2007) Hunter-gatherers and early farmers, in A. Cremin (ed.) Archaeologica. Frances Lincoln, London, 128-141.

 

Morley, I. (2006) Mousterian musicianship? The case of the Middle Palaeolithic Divje babe I bone, Oxford Journal of Archaeology Vol. 25, No. 4, 317-333.

 

Morley, I. (2006) Hunter-gatherer music and its implications for identifying intentionality in the use of acoustic space, in C. Scarre, & G. Lawson (eds.) Archaeoacoustics. McDonald Institute Monographs, Cambridge, 95-105.

 

Morley, I. (2005) The long-forgotten melody? Music in the Mesolithic, in N. Milner & P. Woodman (eds.), Mesolithic Studies at the beginning of the 21st Century. Oxbow, Oxford, 212-224.

 

Morley, I. (2002). Evolution of the physiological and neurological capacities for music, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Vol.12, No. 2, 195-216.

 

Morley, I. (2002). A cross-continental chorus: commonalities in the music of hunters and gatherers, in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies.

 

Cross, I. & Morley, I. (2002). Music and evolution: the nature of the evidence, in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference On Music Perception and Cognition, eds. C. Stevens, D. Burnham, G. McPherson, E. Schubert, & J. Renwick. Adelaide: Causal Productions, 416-419.

 

FEATURE ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

 

Morley, I. (2011) A review of Religion in the Emergence of Civilization: Çatalhöyük as a Case Study by Ian Hodder (ed.), Times Literary Supplement 5651, 22 July 2011.

 

Morley, I. (2008) Materialising the Transcendent: the “Roots of Spirituality” project, Material Religion: the Journal of Objects, Art and Belief Vol. 4, No. 1, 117-118.

 

Morley, I. (2006) Name that tune: a review of The Singing Neanderthals by Steven Mithen, Cambridge Archaeological Journal Vol. 16, No. 1, 101-103.

 

Morley, I. (2005) A review of Braindance by Dean Falk, Archaeological Review from Cambridge Vol. 20, No. 1, 153-155.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL REPORTS

 

Morley, I. & Murrel, K. (2009). Bronze Age and Iron Age at the Fen Edge – Padholme Flood Protection: An Archaeological Watching Brief. Cambridge Archaeological Unit Report.

 

Armour, N. & Morley, I. (2009). A Romano-British Settlement and Cemetery – Knobbs Farm, Somersham, Phase 5A Investigations. Cambridge Archaeological Unit Report.

 

 

 

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