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Marie Curie fellow among top 30 promising researchers

Posted on 10 May 2017

Eve Rannamäe selected as one of the 30 faces of the Marie Curie actions to represent the over 100,000 fellows over the last two decades

A York researcher has been selected to represent promising research celebrating the one hundred thousandth fellow benefiting from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

Eve Rannamäe is one of 30 highly promising researchers showcasing the EU's actions dedicated to excellence and worldwide mobility in research. Since the launch of the programme 20 years ago, the share of female participants has been exceptionally high and 18 of the selected researchers are women.

Eve's archaeological research and interest in animal husbandry has brought her to the history of domestic sheep (Ovis aries). In her Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funded project "OVinE - Ovine origins and diversity in north-eastern Europe" Eve explores the genetic make-up of ancient sheep. OVinE plans to clarify the timing and origins of the first sheep in north-eastern Europe, deciphering the development and improvement of sheep populations from the Late Neolithic (c. 3000-1800 BC) through to the Modern period (AD 1800-1950). It also seeks to explore the affinities between ancient sheep populations and local indigenous breeds, and study the husbandry and consumption of sheep through time. Together with methods from osteology, morphometrics and archaeogenetics, historical documents will be explored to better understand the role of sheep in human history.