Studied Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol. 2009 graduated in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East at University College London. 2014 PhD at the University of Liverpool on “The diffusion of Neolithic practices from Anatolia to Europe. A contextual study of residential and construction practices, 8,500–5,500 BC cal.”. Since 2014 two postdoctoral fellowships at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA), with support from the Fonds National de la Recherche, Luxembourg. In parallel, teaches archaeological theory at the University of Vienna with Timothy Taylor and Kerstin Kowarik. Has worked on Neolithic projects in Turkey (Çatalhöyük, Barcın, Boncuklu, Çukuriçi and Ulucak), France (Prissé-la-Charrière) and the UK (Stonehenge). Honorary Secretary of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s (UK) Research Committee. Research Affiliate of the EU Marie Curie ITN Project BEAN.
Areas of Specialization
- Spread of farming
- Early village societies and sedentism
- Interaction between archaeology and anthropology
- Archaeological theory
- The Central/Western Anatolian Farming Frontier. Proceedings of the International Workshop held at the 10ICAANE Conference in Vienna, April 26, 2016. OREA Series (together with B. Horejs)
- The Neolithic on the Central Anatolian Plateau. Izvestia VSPU
- Upscaling the Neolithic house. Trends in house size and function in Anatolia and the Balkans. Studia Praehistorica (together with B. Horejs)
- James Mellaart on the significance of Hacilar. In: A. Mellaart (ed.), James and Arlette Mellaart Gedenkschift. Arkeoloji ve Sanat, Istanbul.
- List of Schools and Institutes: A Statistical Overview. In: D. Shankland & G. Salmeri (eds.), The Schools and Institutes Overseas
- The Schools and Institutes Today: The Extent of the Phenomenon. In: D. Shankland & G. Salmeri (eds.), The Schools and Institutes Overseas
- The Diffusion of Neolithic Practices from Anatolia to Europe. A Contextual Study of Residential Construction. 8,500-5,500 BC cal. BAR International Series 2838, Oxford 2017.
- The ground beneath their feet. Building continuity at Neolithic Çukuriçi Höyük, Anatolian Studies 66, 2016, 1–16 (together with B. Horejs – F. Ostmann).
- Review of A. Whittle and P. Bickle eds. Early farmers. The view from archaeology and science. European Journal of Archaeology 19(1), 181–184.
- Review of C. Wawruschka ed. Prehistoric economics of Anatolia. Subsistence practices and exchange. Bibliotheca Orientalis 73(3–4), 520–522.
- Modelling the initial expansion of the Neolithic out of Anatolia. Documenta Praehistorica XLII, 103–116 (together with A. Zanotti).
- A graphical simulation of the 2,000-year lag in Neolithic occupation between Central Anatolia and the Aegean basin. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 7(3), 319–327. doi:10.1007/s12520-014-0193-4
- House-related practices as markers of the Neolithic expansion from Anatolia to the Balkans. Bulgarian e-Journal of Archaeology 4, 131–147.
- Revisiting Hacılar. Arkeoloji ve Sanat Dergisi 146, 13–28.
- The origins of Europe’s first farmers: the role of Hacılar and Western Anatolia, fifty years on. Praehistorische Zeitschrift 86(2), 165–206 (together with V. Heyd).
University of Liverpool: Archaeology PhD, The Diffusion of Neolithic Practices from Anatolia to Europe. A Contextual Study of Residential and Construction Practices. 8,500-5,500 BC cal. (supervision: D. Baird, D. Shankland, J. Gowlett)
University College London: Archaeology of the East Mediterranean & Middle EastMA (passed with distinction)
University of Bristol: Archaeology and AnthropologyBA (hons, 1st class)
Lycée Louis le Grand, ParisBaccalauréat Général (L), mention ‘très bien’ (highest honours)
Grants, Prizes & Awards
Luxembourg National Research Fund, AFR-FNR Postdoc grant [no9198128]
Austrian Academy of Sciences, project: Untersuchung von Hausbautechniken und Siedlungsstrukturen in der nördlichen Levante und der Ägäis im Neolithikum
Luxembourg National Research Fund, AFR-FNR PhD grant [no1384234]
Seton Lloyd Memorial Prize for Western Asiatic Archaeology, University College London
Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship (AHRC), Research Preparation Master’s Scheme [no141805]
Archaeology and Anthropology Prize, University of Bristol (x2)
- British Institute at Ankara
- European Association of Archaeologists
- Institute of Field Archaeologists
- Royal Anthropological Institute
- Honorary Secretary, Research Committee, Royal Anthropological Institute (2013–)
- Research Affiliate, BEAN – Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic, EU Marie Curie ITN project (2012–2016)
- Co-organiser, Earliest Village Societies Research Group, University of Liverpool (2012–2013)
- Secretary, Bristol Society of Archaeology and Anthropology (2006–2007)
Selected Field Experience
Boncuklu Project (Turkey): trench supervisor
ERC Project ‘Prehistoric Anatolia’, Çukuriçi Höyük (Turkey): trench supervisor and research assistant
The Beginnings of Farming in the Marmara Region, Barcın Höyük (Turkey): trench supervisor
Ulucak Project (Turkey): excavator
Çatalhöyük Research Project (Turkey): excavator
ITA Project, wider Istanbul Area, Turkey (Turkey): survey team member
Kırklareli region, Aşagı Pınar and Kanlıgeçit (Turkey): survey team member
Stonehenge Riverside project, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls (UK): excavator
Prissé-la-Charrière long mound (France): excavator
Presented Papers & Posters
Presented Papers & Posters
Organisation of seminars and workshops
- (together with B. Horejs) The Central/Western Anatolian Farming Frontier, 10th ICAANE Conference, Austrian Academy of Sciences (26.04.2016)
- Diffusion: A Re-Appraisal of the Concept, ASA09 Conference, Bristol (09.04.2011)
- Who were the Greeks? Third Conference on the History of Anthropology and the RAI, 1918–1945: The Rise of University Departments, London (14.12.2016)
- From the Origins of Agriculture to the Spread of the Neolithic. Updated and Expanded. Royal Anthropological Institute Seminar Series, London (7.11.2016)
- Building continuity at Neolithic Çukuriçi Höyük. The C12-C6-C21 building sequence in broader context, ERC – Prehistoric Anatolia Closing Workshop, ÖAW, Vienna (20.10.2016)
- From the origins of agriculture to the spread of the Neolithic: contextualizing the Central/Western Anatolian farming frontier. ICAANE 2016, Vienna (26.04.2016)
- A Sequence of Three Vertically Superimposed Buildings at Çukuriçi Höyük. Workshop Households in Prehistory, ÖAW, Vienna (28.01.2016)
- The origins and spread of sedentary practices in Anatolia and beyond. BEAN Closing Meeting, Antalya (15.01.2016)
- (with A. Zanotti) Modelling the initial expansion of the Neolithic out of Anatolia. 22nd Neolithic Seminar, University of Ljubljana (Nov 2015)
- Farming frontier models in Europe: a typology and assessment. European Association of Archaeologists 21st Annual Meeting, Glasgow (Sept 2015)
- (with B. Horejs, F. Ostmann) Upscaling+ the Neolithic house. Trends in house size and function in Anatolia and the Balkans. Prehistoric Houses in the Balkans Conference, Stara Zagora (May 2015)
- Neolithic houses and the spread of domestic practices from Anatolia to Europe. University of Vienna (Dec 2014)
- A sequence of three vertically superimposed buildings at Çukuriçi Höyük. Neolithic On-Site Symposium, Ephesus, Çukuriçi Research Project (Oct 2014)
- More than one Neolithic? Probing the contrast between Central and Western Anatolia. European Association of Archaeologists 20th Annual Meeting, Istanbul (Sept 2014)
- House-Related Practices as Markers of the Neolithic in Anatolia and the Balkans. European Association of Archaeologists 20th Annual Meeting, Istanbul (Sept 2014)
- Gordon Childe and the British School of Diffusionism. The Royal Anthropological Institute Seminar Series, London (Feb 2014)
- (with Dr. I. Garcia Rovira) What’s in a Word? ‘Diffusion’ beyond ‘Diffusionism’. Earliest Village Societies Research Group, University of Liverpool (May 2012)
- Practice Theory and Prehistoric Research: The Case of Neolithic House ‘Closure’ in Anatolia. The Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) Annual Conference, University of Birmingham (Dec 2011)
- Anadolu’dan Avrupa’ya Neolitik Pratiklerinin Yayılımı Arkeolojik / The Diffusion of Neolithic Practices from Anatolia to Europe. Ulucak Research Project, Izmir (Aug 2011)
- The Diffusion of Neolithic Practices from Anatolia to Europe. Poster Presentation, University of Liverpool (March 2011)
- Processes of Neolithic expansion in Anatolia and Southeast Europe: the ‘demic’ diffusion hypothesis. Lunchtime Neolithic and Bronze Age seminars, University of Bristol (May 2010)
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