Ella Assaf Shpayer

Ella is a PhD student in the field of Prehistoric Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. Her research investigates aspects of knowledge transmission and learning processes relating to stone tools production (which were essential for the survival of mankind in ancient societies) and their identification in the archaeological record (starting from half a million years ago). In the prehistoric past, much like today, learning processes were probably very significant in children’s lives. However, we know very little about this issue. Ella's research aims to provide a broader perspective on learning processes among prehistoric human societies and to deepen our understanding regarding the cognitive abilities of our ancestors, hoping to shed light on our understanding of the origins of our modern way of life and modern learning processes.