Charred Seeds

Prof Glynis Jones

Professor Glynis Jones is an expert in ancient plant remains and early agriculture, with particular reference to Britain and the Mediterranean region. Her field projects include archaeobotany in Britain, Greece, Hungary and Turkey and ethnoagriculture in Greece and Spain as well as investigating FIBS (Functional Investigation of Botanical Surveys). She is a member of the Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-Use in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield and also the Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology.

Dr Mike Charles

Dr Mike Charles is a Reader in Environmental Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. His research interests include palaeoethnobotany in south-west Asia and he has conducted field projects in Turkmenistan, Jordan and Spain. Currently his research projects include the archaeobotany of Tell Brak, Syria and Catal Hoyuk, Turkey as well as investigating FIBS (Functional Investigation of Botanical Surveys). Dr. Charles is a member of the Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-Use. Staff Webpage

Wood Charcoal

Dr Hugues Pessin

Hugues Pessin studied archaeology and archaeobotany in the University of Paris I. His PhD (completed in 2004) concerned wood charcoal analysis on Near Eastern sites. He is interested in the study of wood exploitation and woodland management, and also in vegetation changes. He is currently working freelance and is looking for future projects.

Charred Roots and Tubers

Catherine Longford

Catherine has an MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy from the University of Sheffield, UK, and completed a BA/BSc(Hons) at the University of Melbourne, Australia, majoring in Archaeology, Botany and Geology. She is particularly interested in the archaeobotany of Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus and also Australia. For the Marie Curie IAR project she focused on Roots and Tubers. Currently, Catherine is employed at the University of Sheffield in the Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-Use in the Department of Archaeology.

Waterlogged Plant Remains

Dr Ursula Maier

Dr. Ursula Maier studied Biology at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim in Germany. She was a student of Prof. Dr. U. Körber-Grohne, who introduced her to the field of Archaeobotany. Since 1987 she has worked in the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, Baden-Württemberg, Germany as a specialist in wetland archaeobotany.

Welmoed Out

Welmoed Out studied Biology at Utrecht University (2002). Her Ph.D. study (Leiden University) concerns the natural vegetation and human impact at Dutch Late Mesolithic and Early and Middle Neolithic wetland sites, which was investigated by comparative analysis of literature on pollen, seeds and fruits, uncarbonised wood and wood charcoal. In the IAR project she investigated waterlogged plant macroremains and tissues from the German Neolithic lakeshore settlement of Sipplingen under supervision of U. Maier.

Dr Christoph Herbig

Dr. Christoph Herbig studied Prehistory, Botany and Scandinavian Studies in Frankfurt am Main and in Kiel. Since the beginning of his studies he has focused on archaeobotany. He is a specialist in the analysis of plant macrofossils (fruits, seeds, wood and charcoal) and in researching the relationship between men and nature. Until now he has analysed carbonized and waterlogged material from very diverse time periods (Pleistocene, Neolithic, Iron Age, Roman Period, Middle ages, West African Iron Age).

Within the scope of his master and Ph.D. he investigated Neolithic wetland settlements at Lake Constance and in Upper Swabia (Southwest Germany) which provided new insights into the interplay between the Neolithic economy and environment in these border areas. At the moment he is working as a freelancer for the Landesamt für Archäologie in Saxony, the University of Mainz and the University of Cologne.


Prof Marco Madella

Prof Marco Madella has a first degree in Natural Sciences (Botany) from the Universitá Statale di Milano (Italy) and a PhD in Environmental Archaeology from the University of Cambridge (UK). He has been an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Director of Studies in Archaeology and Anthropology at St. Edmunds College in the University of Cambridge. He currently is an ICREA Research Professor and director of the Laboratory for Palaeoecology and Plant Palaeoeconomy at the Institució Milà i Fontanals, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Barcelona. Prof Madella is President of the Society for Phytolith Research and his interests are in archaeobotany, geoarchaeology and the palaeoenvironment with a focus on phytoliths. His areas of expertise are in the palaeoeconomy of plants and the human-environment relationship, both in hunter-gatherer and agricultural societies. He has been working in several international projects in South Asia, the Near East, South America and Africa and he has taught at universities in Pakistan, Brazil, Argentina and Spain. For Marco's personal web page click here. For the institutional web pages, click on the links below.

Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats

Institució Milà i Fontanals - Spanish National Research Council

Debora Zurro

Débora Zurro Hernández did her master in Prehistorical Archaeology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) on a methodological approach for working with phytoliths in archaeological contexts. Since she finished her degree, she has been working on hunter-gatherer archaeology with a focus on methodological approaches and ethnoarchaeology. She has been for many years member of an ethnoarchaeolgical project on hunter-fisher-gatherer societies of the Beagle Channel (Tierra del Fuego). Over the last few years she has been trained in phytolith analysis at the University of Cambridge and the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina). She currently works in the Laboratory for Palaeoecology and Plant Palaeoeconomy of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology of the IMF-CSIC in Barcelona (see link above).


Dr Alison Crowther

Alison studied Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia, where she recently completed her PhD on the analysis of ancient starch residues on Lapita pottery from Melanesia and Western Polynesia. She is currently at the Archaeology Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, where she is analysing starch residues and macrobotanical remains from various hunter-gatherer, early farming-period, and trade/port sites in coastal East Africa and Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Sealinks Project. She is a member of the 'Toba Super-eruption Archaeological Project' in South Asia and is co-editor of a recent volume on archaeological residue and DNA analysis entitled 'Archaeological Science Under A Microscope', available for download at:


Dr Fusun Ertug

Dr. Ertug studied archaeology at the University of Istanbul, Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, and received a degree of Licence-es-Letters in 1977. She has worked as a photographer and trench supervisor in various excavations in Anatolia, and served as a researcher and camera person at the Istanbul University Film Center between 1977-1982. She trained as a documentary film maker on handcrafts at the University Film Center, and while working in excavations she has interested with village ethnography. She completed her M.A. (1993) and her Ph.D. (1997) at Washington University, St. Louis, Department of Anthropology, with a dissertation: An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Subsistence and Plant Gathering in Central Anatolia. During her training in the U.S.A. and on fieldwork in Central Anatolia she has focused on plant-human relationships as a part of subsistence economy. After her 1994-1995 fieldwork in Central Turkey, Dr. Ertug completed two more long term ethnobotanical studies in different parts of Turkey, and published about 40 articles related to various aspects of plant use. She has conducted workshops on ethnobotany to train interested scholars as a part of the Cultural Heritage project, directed by the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA), and supervise various ethnobotanical projects during 2002-2006. She served as the secretary of the Fourth International Congress of Ethnobotany (ICEB) in Istanbul in 2005, and edited and published its Proceedings in 2006. She has lectured at the University of Istanbul and the Yeditepe University, and has an affiliation with Washington University, St. Louis. Web: (in Turkish) and for the latest project:

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