Archaeologists, biochemists, palaeoclimatologists, biogeographers and modellers


Maria Ivanova-Bieg

Principal Investigator

Professor in Prehistory at the University of Mainz. Maria Ivanova's research is based on a combination of archaeological approaches to material culture and collaborations with the disciplines of archaeobotany, zooarchaeology, biogeography and biogeochemistry. She leads Theme 1 (Archaeology).


Richard Evershed

Research partner

Professor in Biochemistry and Director of Bristol Biogeochemistry Research Centre. Richard Evershed's research applies the principles, techniques, and rigor of organic and analytical chemistry, to tackle questions in the fields of archaeological chemistry, biogeochemistry, and biomolecular palaeontology. Richard Evershed co-leads Theme 4 (Animal husbandry) and co-ordinates the research activity in Bristol, incl. lipid analylsis of pottery and radiocarbon (AMS and CSRA) dating.


Mark Thomas

research partner

Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at University College London. Mark Thomas works on biological and cultural aspects of human evolution, using computer simulation and statistical modelling to make inferences on processes such as past migrations and dispersals. Mark Thomas leads Theme 5 (Agent-based modelling).


Thomas Hickler

research partner

Professor in Quantitative Biogeography and Leader of the Senckenberg Data and Modelling Centre. Thomas Hickler specialises in the interactions between climate and the terrestrial biosphere. He takes responsibility for the environmental component of the project (Theme 2).


Marie Balasse

Research partner

Research director at CNRS and head of the Service de Spectrometrie de Masse isotopique of the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris. Marie Balasse co-leads Theme 4 (Animal Husbandry), directing research on animal isotopes.


Elena Marinova-Wolff

research partner

Director of the Laboratory for Archaeobotany at the State Office for Cultural Heritage, Baden-Württemberg. Elena Marinova is a specialist in vegetation history and archaeobotany, focusing on the relationships between people and plants in the past. Elena Marinova leads Theme 3 (Plant husbandry).


Adrian Timpson

research collaborator

Postdoctoral researcher in the ERC COREX project at UCL, focusing on data structure and exploratory data analysis. Adrian Timpson's research is based around novel applications of computational modelling, statistical methods and big data analysis. He supports the data integration between the SUSTAIN and the BIAD database.

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Mélanie Roffet-Salque

Research collaborator

Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, focussing on the study of lipids preserved in archaeological artefacts, in order to reconstruct past exploitation of natural resources by ancient populations, using the molecular composition of extracts and compound-specific C isotope composition of fatty acids.


Wolfgang Traylor

Postdoctoral research assistant

Postdoctoral researcher at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt (Main). Wolfgang Traylor works with dynamic and correlative models of past ecosystems. In Theme 2 of the project, he is developing a bioclimatic niche model for Neolithic crops and livestock.

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Sayuri Kochi

Postdoctoral research assistant

Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mainz. She works with stable isotope analyses on archaeobotanical remains (Theme 3). Her objective is to characterize the diversity of past agricultural practices in terms of water management, manuring, and crop yields