Steven Mithen is a professor of early prehistory and pro vice chancellor (International & External Engagement) at the University of Reading, UK. Having studied for a BA (hons) Archaeology at the University of Sheffield and an MSc Biological Computation at the University of York, Steven took his PhD in archaeology from the University of Cambridge in 1987. He has been at the University of Reading since 1992. His research has involved survey and excavation projects in western Scotland and southern Jordan concerning Mesolithic and Neolithic communities, the evolution of human intelligence, art and music, and the role of water in ancient civilizations. His books include The Prehistory of the Mind (1996), The Singing Neanderthals (2005), and Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World (2012).