Current Projects 

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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
Project supported by: European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020

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

Project supported by: The Wellcome Trust

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

  • Nathan Wales

Project supported by: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

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

Exploring the origin of food production in the Atlantic Forest

The emergence of food production is one of the most debated and controversial subjects in South American Archaeology. Our understanding of the nature, timing and place of early plant cultivation is fragmented and biased towards archaeological evidence from Amazonia and the Andes. This project will address this imbalance by exploring the earliest evidence of plant cultivation in the Atlantic Forest of South America, an area viewed as peripheral to this broad continental narrative.

  • Andre Carlo Colonese

Project support by: National Geographic Explorer Grant

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

Project supported by: European Research Council

Landscapes of (Re) Conquest

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

Project supported by: AHRC

NEOMEDIS: Neolithic Mediterranean Diet Through Stable Isotope Analysis

NEOMEDIS: NEOlithic MEDiterranean Diet Through stable ISotope Analysis

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

Project supported by: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship 

SCRIBE: Reading the genetic history of parchment manuscripts

  • Matthew Teasdale

Project supported by: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

SeaChanges: Thresholds in human exploitation of marine vertebrates

Supporting 15 PhD students, SeaChanges is an international doctoral training network spanning archaeology and marine biology

  • David Orton

Project supported by: European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020

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 

Project supported by: European Research Council

The Medium is the Message”: Understanding Manuscript Production through Molecular Codicology

  • Sarah Fiddyment

Project supported by: The British Academy 

TURKEY: Uncovering the transatlantic history of turkey husbandry and breeding using a multidisciplinary approach

Find out more about the project here.

  • Aurélie Manin
Project supported by: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

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

Project supported by: The Leverhulme Trust

 

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 

Must Farm

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

  • Oliver Craig
  • Miriam Cubas 

Lead Institution: Cambridge Archaeological Unit/University of Cambridge

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

Project supported by: European Research Council

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

Project supported by: European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020

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. 

  • Andre Colonese

Host institution: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Project supported by: ERC Consolidator Grant

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