The Team

Principal Investigator

Ron Pinhasi is an Associate Professor, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of two edited volumes Advances in Human Palaeopathology (2008, Wiley-Liss, with S. Mays) and Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture (2011, Wiley-Liss, with J. Stock) and various publications on the spread of farming in Europe and the bioarchaeology of past populations. He is the director/co-director of several archaeological fieldwork projects in the Caucasus.

Post-doctoral Researchers

Gloria María González Fortes, University of Potsdam, Germany

Gloria González Fortes  is a  biologist with a background in molecular genetics and a particular interest in the development and application of aDNA techniques to investigate questions in archaeology and paleontology. She  started her research career at the University of A Coruña. Spain,  focusing on the genetic characterization of Pleistocene macrofossil remains from the North of Spain. SheI have spent the last two years as a visiting researcher at Michi Hofreiter's aDNA lab in York analysing aDNA sequences of cave bears and other mammalian species.


, modelling, simulations
Dan Bradley, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Professor 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.
Michi Hofreiter is a professor at the Department of Biology, University of York. His research focuses on the effect environmental changes have on genetic diversity, adaptations and population dynamics in animals. He is especially interested in the use of ancient DNA sequences to directly observe changes in the genetic make-up of populations. Using this approach we could detect complete population replacements and migrations that could not be deciphered using traditional methodologies. He has numerous publications in premier journals and is a co-editor of PLoS One and BMC Evolutionary Biology. 


Andrea Manica, Cambridge

Andrea Manica is Reader in Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. Manica's team focuses on spatial simulations and genomics of humans and other species and major prehistoric dispersals of anatomically modern humans.

Physical Anthropology
Songül Alpaslan Roodenberg is graduated in palaeo and physical anthropology and worked for years in the paleontology department of the Natural History Museum at Ankara. After her PhD degree on fossil hominids from Paşalar (Turkey) she specialized in analyzing human remains from prehistoric sites. As an independent scientist she is currently involved in the investigation of human skeletal material from archaeological projects in West Anatolia and the Balkans (Bulgaria, Romania). Her main research topics are demography, palaeopathology, behavior, diet, and mortuary practices. She is the author, co-author and co-editor of various publications. .

Tatiana Balueva, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Tatiana  Balueva is the Head of the  Laboratory of Anthropological Reconstruction, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include the anthropological study of morphological variations within and between modern and ancient populations, and craniofacial reconstruction in the context of both anthropological and forensic studies. She published  7 books and  more than 70 scientific papers.

Lia Bitadze, .Russian Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

Dr Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel received her  Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2008). Her research interests encompass a range of topics within Evolutionary Anthropology. She has published on issues such as the analysis of past hominin dispersal, the nature of the transition to agriculture in Europe, geometric morphometrics and comparative shape analysis of Palaeolithic stone tools.The major focus of her current research is the microevolutionary analysis of craniometric variation within modern humans and the degree to which individual elements of the human cranium are impacted by neutral and selective evolutionary forces.

Eugenia Cunha completed her PhD at the University of Coimbra in 1994. Since 2003 she is a professor in Biological Anthropology at the University of Coimbra. She has published several books and numerous articles in international journals in the fields of palaeoanthropology, human osteology and forensic anthropology.  Since 1998 she chairs the PHASE-Forensic Anthropology Society of Europeand she is a consultant to the National Forensic Anthropology at the National Institute of Legal Medicine, Portugal.

Maria Dobrovolskaya
, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Maria Dobrovolskaya is Leading Researcher, Institute Archaeology RAS, Moscow, and a Professor  in Moscow State Pedagogical University. She is the author of 200 publications, including books “Ecology of Ancient Eastern Europe Forest Zone population ( anthropological essay)” (1996), “ Man and his food” (2005). She is the director/co-director of several bioarchaeological research projects devoted to paleodiet reconstructions and bone chemical analysis.

Drozdová, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
Eva Drozdová is an Associate Professor in Anthropology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. She is interested in biological anthropology of past populations. She is author of various publications on historical population on territory of Czech Republic and monographs on Anthropology of members of Dietrichstein family (2006, Masaryk University) and Eneolithic population from Hostice I (2011, Masaryk University

David Lordkipanidze, Georgian National Museum, Georgia

David Lordkipanidze a professor of anthropology and archaeology, Director General of the Georgian National Museum and of the Dmanisi Archaeological expedition. Since 2007 he is a Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He received various awards including the Georgia's Order of Honour, Award of the Prince of Monaco, the French Order of Honour, and the Rolex Award (2004).

Maria Mednikova
, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Maria Mednikova is leading researcher of Institute of Archaeology of RAS and professor in the Moscow Psychological-Pedagogical University. She is the author of 230 scientific of headpublications, including books: Ancient cattle-breeders of Southern Siberia: palaeoecological reconstruction on data of physical anthropology (Moscow, 1995); Trepanations among ancient peoples of Eurasia (Moscow, 2001); Trepanations in ancient world and cult  (Moscow, 2004); Indelible signs. Tattoo as historical source *Moscow, 2007); Postcranial morphology and taxonomy of genus Homo representatives from Okladnikov Cave in Altai. (Novosibirsk, 2011); and others. 

Chris Meiklejohn, University of Winnipeg, Canada
Chris Meiklejohn is Professor Emeritus at the University of Winnipe. Since the early 1990s his research has focused on the dating and interpretation of Mesolithic human remains in Europe, and analysis of European Upper Palaeolithic through Neolithic cranial, dental and postcranial data. The dating and interpretation project has two strands, the first a revision of the catalogue of Mesolithic human material based on work during his first sabbatical (Journal of Human Evolution 1979). This is being published in the online journal Mesolithic Miscellany (2009 to present). The second examines the chronology of Mesolithic burials, centred on the question of whether cemeteries are a late phenomenon related to cultural complexity.

nastasia Papathanasiou, Greek Ministry of Culture, Greece
Anastasia Papathanasiou received her PhD. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Iowa in 1999. Since 1996 she is with the Ephorate of Paleoanthropology and Speleology, under the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Her research interests include paleopathology, diet reconstruction, and mortuary archaeology. She has studied Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in Greece, with a focus on human osteological remains and carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis.

Ana Maria Silva is a senior lecturer of Biological Anthropology in the University of Coimbra (Department of Life Science). Her main research topics include funerary practices, demography, behaviour, paleopathology, mobility and kinship relationships of Neolithic and Chalcolithic human populations. She is author of various papers and director/collaborator of projects on funerary practices and paleobiology of Late Neolithic/Chalcolithic human populations of Portugal and other sites across southwest Europe.


Mario Slaus, Croatian Academy of Sciences, Croatia

Jay Stock is a Senior Lecturer in Human Evolution and Development at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include skeletal biology, the evolution of human variation, human growth and development, evolutionary ecology, skeletal robusticity, biomechanics and behaviour,  locomotion, body size and allometry, bioarchaeology, hunter-gatherer behavioural ecology, the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, coastal hunter-gatherer adaptations, and  the origins of agriculture. He is the author of Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture (2011, Wiley-Liss, with R. Pinhasi) and a number of publications on human skeletal variation, hunter-gatherer behaviour and morphological variation, and the pre-Natufian epipalaeolithic in the Levant.

Maria Teschler-Nicola is a Professor in Physical Anthropology, University of Vienna, and Head of the Department of Anthropology at the Natural History Museum, Vienna. Her research interests include paleopathology, skletal biology, paleodemography, palaeoanthropology of the Upper Palaoelithic, and human genetic an dmorphological variation. Since she received her PhD in 1976, she has published > 120 scientific papers and edited several books. She is also PI on several Austrian projects and CI on European anthropological projects.  

Elizaveta Veselovskaya
, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Elizaveta Veselovskaya is a Senior Scientific Researcher at the Laboratory of Anthropological Reconstruction, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences. Moscow, Her research interests include craniometric variation among ancient and modern populations and craniofacial reconstruction. She published 5 books and  more than 60 scientific papers.

Gunita Zarina, University of Latvia, Latvia
Gunita Zariņa  is senior researcher and head of Bioarchaeological  repository of the Institute of Latvian History, the University of Latvia. She has more than 25 years research experience in palaeodemography, craniology, paleoecology and bioarchaeology of ancient population of Latvia. Author of about 100 scientific papers and book „Palaeodemography of the inhabitants of Latvia, 7th BC – 1800 AD” (2009). Participates in international projects concerning bioarchaeological investigation of ancient inhabitants of Europe and is leading national research projects.



Isotope Analysis,  prehistoric archaeology

Tom Higham, University of Oxford, UK
Tom Higham is a Professor of Archaeological Science and Deputy Director of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit at the University of Oxford. His main areas of interest are in radiocarbon dating using accelerators, sample pretreatment chemistry, Bayesian modelling in archaeology, radiocarbon reservoir effects and the chronology of the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of Europe. He is the Principal Investigator of a large NERC-funded project investigating the dating of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in Europe by redating key sites using ultrafiltration pretreatment of bone samples.

Catalin Lazar, Romanian National History Museum, Romania

Catalin Lazar is an Archaeologist at National History Museum of Romania His research interests include survey and excavation of Neolithic and Eneolithic sites in Romania, funerary behaviours, paleodemography and mortuary practices in South-Eastern Europe. He also works in bio-cultural identities of Neolithic communities, past population dynamics, experimental archaeology and human-landscape interaction. He has written many articles and is involved in several Romanian and European research projects in relation with Neolithic and Eneolithic population from South-Eastern Europe.

Fokke Geritsen, Archaeological Institute, VU University Amsterdam