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ArchSci2020 Initial Training Network

ArchSci2020 supports 15 PhD students working at four leading research institutes addressing the complex interactions between the  peoples, cultures and environments of Northern Europe situated within the broader east-west interaction zones of the Circumpolar World.

  • Manon Bondetti
  • Özge Demirci
  • Alison Harris
  • Mariana Muñoz-Rodriguez
  • Jonas Niemann
  • Anne Katharine Runge
  • Eden Slidel
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 676154.

 

A Taste Of Hard Work: Assessing The Utility Of Ancient Tartar To Track Exposure To Respiratory Irritants Of Occupational Origin In Ancient Skeletal Remains

  • Anita Radini

This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust, grant agreement No. 209869/Z/17/Z.

DREGS: Deciphering archaeological residues to understand the history of European grape cultivation and winemaking societies

  • Nathan Wales

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 842577.

Exploring pottery use across the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition

The transition from hunting and foraging to farming had far reaching consequences for our economic, social and ideological development and is a major theme in prehistoric research. In the circum-Baltic, the reasons for this change at circa 4000 cal BCE are unclear since much of the region was occupied with highly successful hunter-fisher-gatherers who were well adapted to the resource rich coastal and inland ecosystems. The project will question the value of wild and domesticated foods in the region through the novel lens of changing
culinary practices. Find out more about the project here

  • Harry Robson

Project supported by: The British Academy

EQuaTe | Bridging Europe: A Quaternary Timescale For The Expansion And Evolution of Humans

The ‘EQuaTe’ project will apply two independent but complementary dating techniques, AAR (York) and TL (Aberystwyth), to commonly-occurring Pleistocene fossils with the aim of providing a secure chronological framework for the first appearance of human populations at sites across Europe and their repeated expansions and contractions in response to climate and environmental change over the last two million years. Find out more on the project website, here

  • Kirsty Penkman
  • Dustin White
  • Marc Dickinson
  • Sam Presslee
  • Sheila Taylor

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 865222).

 

INDUCE: The Innovation, Dispersal and Use of Ceramics in NE Europe

The Innovation, Dispersal and Use of Ceramics in NE Europe

  • Manon Bondetti
  • Oliver Craig
  • Carl Heron (Honorary Professor)
  • Alexandre Lucquin
  • Harry Robson

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695539.

 

Landscapes of (Re) Conquest

In collaboration with the University of Reading, read more about the project here

Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. The Arts and Humanities investigate the values and beliefs which underpin both who we are as individuals and how we undertake our responsibilities to our society and to humanity globally.

 

NEOMEDIS: Neolithic Mediterranean Diet Through Stable Isotope Analysis

NEOMEDIS: NEOlithic MEDiterranean Diet Through stable ISotope Analysis. Find out more about the project here.

  • Maria Fontanals-Coll
  • Andre Carlo Colonese
  • Oliver Craig

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 792130.

 

PATHWAY Pastoralism, TransHumance in the Western Alps

PATHWAY aims to study the development of long-distance pastoral transhumance (the management and movement of animals between lowland to high altitude pasture) in the Western Alps, from the Iron Age to the Medieval Period. Read more about the project here. 

  • Katharine Dulias
  • Juliette Knockaert
  • Kevin Walsh
  • David Orton 

Project supported by: AHRC

Preservation of Food Proteins on Pottery

Dietary proteins associated with food storage and cooking processes can persist on archaeological pottery for thousands of years. Successful analysis of these informative biomolecules can reveal past diets and culinary practices with the potential for excellent taxonomic and tissue specificity. Proteins are thought to have a high survival timeframe due to the complex chemical bonds that they form with the ceramic matrix of pottery, however, these strong bonds also mean that protein extraction can be problematic. This project aims to explore methods of protein extraction in pottery to maximise yield and minimise destructive sampling, whilst looking for clues as to why certain proteins survive over others.
  • Virginia Harvey
  • Jessica Hendy
  • Miranda Evans
  • Richard Hagan 

This project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust through a Philip Leverhulme Prize. 

SeaChanges: Thresholds in human exploitation of marine vertebrates

SeaChanges is an international doctoral training network spanning archaeology and marine biology, Led from York, the network supports 15 PhD students across 7 institutions, with 29 partner organisations in a toal of 15 countries.

SeaChanges website  

  • David Orton
  • Michelle Alexander
  • Eleanor Booker
  • Liz Quinlan
  • Katrien Dierickx

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 813383

SICTRANSIT: Sicily In Transition: Exploring the Archaeology of Regime Change

Sicily In Transition: Exploring the Archaeology of Regime Change

  • Martin Carver
  • Oliver Craig
  • Jane Thomas-Oates (Chemistry)
  • Léa Drieu
  • Jasmine Lundy
  • Michelle Alexander
  • Alice Ughi
  • Nathan Wales
  • Aurore Monnereau
  • Veronica Aniceti
  • Malin Holst
  • Helen Goodchild
  • Neil Gevaux
  • Madeleine Hummler 

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 693600.

 

Urban Ecology and Transitions of the Zanzibar Archipelago

An archaeological investigation of the landscapes, economy, and resource use of urban sites on the Swahili Coast (7th-15th centuries CE). Find out more about the project here.

  • Stephanie Wynne-Jones
  • Michelle Alexander
  • Tom Fitton
  • Mik Lisowski

This work was funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant.

 

Wisdom Teeth: refining our understanding of human evolution through enamel dating

The Wisdom Teeth project aims to extend the recent advances made using protein to date tooth enamel to provide a well-dated record for the African Pleistocene and Late Pliocene, unlocking insights into our evolutionary history. Find out more about the project here
  • Marc Dickinson
  • Kirsty Penkman
  • Samantha Presslee
  • Sheila Taylor
This project is funded by NERC. 

 

Collaborations

 

ENCOUNTER: Demography, Cultural Change, And The Diffusion Of Rice And Millet During The Jomon-Yayoi Transition In Prehistoric Japan

Demography, Cultural Change, And The Diffusion Of Rice And Millet During The Jomon-Yayoi Transition In Prehistoric Japan

  • Oliver Craig
  • Shinya Shoda 

Lead Institution: University of Cambridge

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 801953. 

 

Must Farm

Must Farm: A Bronze Age settlement site in Flag Fen, Cambridgeshire

  • Oliver Craig
  • Miriam Cubas 

Lead Institution: Cambridge Archaeological Unit and Historic England.

Plantcult: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Plant Ingredients, Culinary Transformation and Evolution Through Time

PlantCult: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Plant Ingredients, Culinary Transformation and Evolution Through Time

  • Oliver Craig
  • Edward Standall (British Museum)
  • Jessica Hendy

Lead Institution: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 682529.

 

TEMPERA: Teaching Emerging Methods in Palaeoproteomics for the European Research Area

TEMPERA is a Marie Skłodowska Curie European Training Network (ETN) aiming at providing international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary state-of-the-art doctoral training to prepare the next generation of specialists in mass spectrometry-based ancient protein residues analysis for biomolecular diagnostics and conservation of cultural heritage material.

  • Carla Soto Quintera
  • Miranda Evans
  • Jessica Hendy

Lead Institution: University of Copenhagen

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 722606.

 

Tracking the origins of an adaptive trait syndrome with ancient DNA

Investigation of the domestication of sunflower using ancient DNA to find the pace and targets of selection in the past 3000 years. Find out more about the project here.
  • Nathan Wales
Lead Institution: University of California, Berkeley
 
Project supported by: National Science Foundation of USA
 

TRADITION

TRADITION will explore the origin and development of small-scale fisheries in the south and southeastern rainforest coast of Brazil, from pre-Columbian to present day. It will investigate how human interacted with coastal resources during the i) transition from foraging to farming, the ii) European colonisation and iii) during major environmental changes in coastal areas of Atlantic rainforest. With this knowledge we TRADITION will assess the legacy of small-scale subsistence fisheries in the tropics, particularly with regards to shaping the socio-economic and cultural profile of contemporary coastal society. Find out more on the project website

  • Andre Colonese

Host institution: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 817911.

 

VINICULTURE: Grapes and wines in France from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages

Integrated archaeological study of past winemaking, including geometric morphometric and palaeogenomic analysis of ancient grape seeds.  Find out more about the project here
  • Nathan Wales
Lead Institution: Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution Montpellier
 
Project supported by: National Agency for Research (ANR) of France

The Visborg shell midden and the transition to agriculture in Denmark

  • Harry Robson
Project support by: National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration Grant
 
Lead institution: University of Durham