Our large European collaboration includes 9 lead partners representing 8 institutions, 5 associate partners, and contributing scientists from 8 nations.

Joachim Burger,
University of Mainz, 

Joachim Burger is professor of anthropology at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. His group is one of the leading teams in palaeogenetics and has set the standards of ancient DNA work with human remains. He has pioneered the field of population genetics of the interaction of early Neolithic farmers and late hunter-gatherers in Europe. He lived in Turkey and travelled through the Balkans as a student and thinks that this area is key to the peopling of Europe as a whole.

Çiler Çilingiroğlu, 

Ege University, 


Çiler Çilingiroğlu holds a research position at the Department of Archaeology at Ege University  in Izmir, Turkey, and is the assistant director of the Ulucak excavations.  She has published on the concept of the Neolithic package and various aspects of Neolithic material culture, including Neolithic ceramic distributions.  Her research interests include neolithisation as a long-term process, Aegean prehistory, cultural evolution and prehistoric social organization. Çiler was recently awarded the German Archaeological Institute's Travel Grant.

Stephan Shennan,
University College London,

Stephen Shennan is currently Professor of Theoretical Archaeology and Director of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. His main interests concern the processes of cultural evolution and the archaeology of early farming societies. He is currently the holder of an ERC Advanced Grant, EUROEVOL, focusing on the cultural evolution of European Neolithic societies

Barbara Horejs, 

Barbara Horejs is currently employed at the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Vienna, and teaches at universities in Berlin, Bratislava and Vienna. She carried out  her University studies of prehistoric and classical Archaeology in Vienna, Athens, and Berlin, and completed her PhD at the Freie University Berlin. She has managed excavations at Çukuriçi Höyük since 2006, and the prehistoric survey project in Kaikos valley since 2008. Barbara is currently funded by  a START-Prize (FWF) and  begins work on  an  ERC Starting Grant soon.  

Dan Bradley, 
Trinity  College Dublin, Ireland

Dan Bradley is a graduate of Genetics in Cambridge and Trinity College Dublin. For almost 20 years he has had an interest in both human and domestic animal genetic variation, particularly using this to make inferences of archaeological importance. A strong interest has been the nature and influence of animal domestication. He has written or co-authored over 110 publications including almost one item in a premier journal (i.e. 12 in Science, PNAS or a Nature publication; 1994-2008) per year since becoming a PI. These have elicited over 3000 citations in total; currently >400 p.a. (h-index of 34). Broader impact is evident from commentary on at least ten papers in the international press (e.g. variously in the New York Times, Herald Tribune, Science, New Scientist, Le Monde, BBC World Service, PBS) and in many popular and academic books (e.g. Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond).


Mark Thomas, University College London, England

Mark Thomas is professor of evolutionary genetics at the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London. His main interests are in interdisciplinary approaches to inferring demographic and evolutionary processes in humans, particularly using ancient and modern DNA data and computer simulation modelling. He has used these approaches to examine the origins and demographic histories of a number of population groups from around the world with a particular focus on Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He has also worked on modelling cultural evolution to better understand the accumulation of skills and technologies that underlie the transition to behavioural modernity and processes of change in the material culture record, on the gene-culture co-evolution of lactase persistence and dairying, and on the evolution of disease susceptibility.

Sofia Stefanović, Belgrade University, Serbia 

Sofija Stefanović is a physical anthropologist and assistant professor in Belgrade University's Department of Archaeology. Her research is mostly in the fields of prehistoric bioarchaeology, in particular the physical activities in Mesolithic and Neolithic, and relationship between activities and social identities in Bronze Age.

Necmi Karul, Istanbul University, Turkey

Necmi Karul is an associate professor in the Prehistory Department of the İstanbul University. He completed his doctoral thesis about the prehistoric architecture of Eastern Thrace at the Freie University Berlin. His main interests lie in the emergence of  Neolithic societies and their movement into northwest Turkey. To further investigate these issues, he is carrying out  excavations at Aktopraklık Höyük and Gusir Höyük in northwest and southwest Turkey.


OTI  Holding Company

OTI Holding Company is comprised of 12 companies, primarily  in the hotel and tourism sector. Founded in 1992, OTI has over 2,500 employees and provides services in 16 destinations. OTI Holding aims to contribute to the environmental sustainability of the tourism industry.

Ayhan Bektas, founder and chairman of the board of OTI Holding Co., was born in Germany in 1968 and studied architecture at the Mediterranean  University.

Mathias Currat,
University of Geneva, 

Mathias Currat is a biologist, specialized in human population genetics, teaching and leading a research on Human settlement history and evolution at the University of Geneva. He finished his PhD thesis with Prof Laurent Excoffier in 2004 and is currently lecturer in the department of anthropology. The main themes of his research are related to the diffusion of genes in a  population through time due to the combined effects of demography and biological factors. One of his principal focuses is the genetic consequences of the Neolithic transition on the European genetic diversity, which he is studying using a computer simulation approach.

Christina Papageorgopoulou, 
 Democritus University of Thrace,

Christina Papageorgopoulou  received her PhD from the University of Basel. In addition to teaching at the  University of Basel, she    has worked as a  research assistant at the University of Zurich's Institute of Anatomy and with various archaeological institutes both in Greece and in Switzerland. Christina  is currently  an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral fellow in the  Palaeogenetics workgroup of the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz. In September of 2010 she will begin an assistant professorship  in the Department of History and Ethnology of  the Demokritus Univeristy of Thrace. Her  main interests and publications concern new methods in palaeopathology, variability in human growth and development, and the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in southeastern Europe.

Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel, 
CNRS Paris, France 

Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel is a professor at the Practical School of High Studies (EPHE) and research director at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS).  His  research is focused mainly on demographic anthropology, particularly paleodemography, in terms of  both demographic analyses and  bioanthropological techniques. In addition to modern-day Europe and India, his periods of interest  range from Paleolithic Europe to the origin of agriculture in several different world regions. He is especially interested  in detecting the signals of a major qualitative rupture in the demographic history of humanity: the Neolithic Demographic Transition.


                 GATC Biotech AG

GATC Biotech, a privately owned company, is Europe's leading service provider of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics for industry and academic research. Serving over 10,000 customers in 40 countries, GATC is continuously innovating new solutions for DNA sequencing and sequence evaluation for both individual DNA samples and whole genome projects.

Our BEAN contact, Thomas Pohl, is GATC's co-founder and  Chief Technical Officer.

Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland

The German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) is tasked with collecting and analysing official statistical and demographic data. Destatis provides objective and high-quality statistical data to the public and private sectors, and advises the German Parliament and Federal Government, embassies, and businesses on matters pertaining to official statistics. In addition to its data-analysis and advisory functions, Destatis operates the largest specialized statistical library in Germany.


Dr. Manfred Ehling is the BEAN network's contact at the German Federal Statistical Office.


Senior Advisory Board Member Hermann Parzinger, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

Dr. Parzinger's extensive body of research has explored  the process of cultural change in the contact zones between Europe and Asia from the 7th to the 1st millennium B.C., the development of the Neolithic and sedentary life, the prehistoric metals trade, and the emergence of the pastoral nomads of the Eurasian steppe. He has conducted archaeological excavations in Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,  Mongolia, Turkey and Spain, and is the author of over 250 publications. Dr. Parzinger is currently President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, one of the largest cultural heritage institutions in Europe.

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 Dr. Chris Bendall is the BEAN network's contact at Springer:

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 Senior Advisory Board Member Ian Hodder, Stanford University

Professor Hodder is the Dunlevie Family Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. A pioneer in postprocessual archaeology, Professor Hodder is the author of such influential works as Symbols in Action, Reading the Past, The Domestication of Europe, and The Archaeological Process, among many others. He is currently the Director of the Çatalhöyük Archaeological Project, an excavation of a Neolithic site in Turkey which emphasizes conservation, contextualisation, and public outreach in addition to archaeological investigation.

BEAN Affiliate Maxim Brami
University of Liverpool,

Maxime Brami is a PhD candidate in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. His project, which is sponsored by the National Research Fund, Luxembourg, deals with the spread of residential practices from Anatolia to Europe. Since 2007, he has worked as a student assistant and supervisor on Neolithic excavations and surveys in Turkey, particularly at Çatalhöyük, Barcın, Boncuklu and Ulucak. He has published on Hacılar and the contribution of Western Anatolia to the development of the first Neolithic societies in Europe. His research interests include the interaction between primary and secondary neolithisation processes, chronology, the concept of ‘diffusion’, and contextual methods of interpretation in prehistory. Maxime Brami is a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, London.