LUMIERE (Landscape Use and Mobility in EuRopE) is recruiting PhDs and Post-Docs A noter / Autour de la Préhistoire Mission archéologique de Dadan -  campagne de fouilles 2021 / Dadan Archaeological Project excavation campaign 2021

ChemArch: doctoral training to create the next generation of artefact  scientists : An International Doctoral Training Network

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Studentships are due to commence in Autumn 2021
Participating institutions : Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - CNRS - University of Copenhagen - University of York



15 interlinked fully-funded  PhD Projects on the chemistry and molecular biology of prehistoric artefacts


Double degree between 4 participating institutions and involving 20 project partners


Preservation: Why did it survive?
1. Examining the representation of wooden artefacts in prehistoric archaeological assemblages ESR1
2. Recovering proteins from prehistoric pottery using immunological and proteomic approaches ESR2
3. Preservation of DNA in tars and resins associated with artefacts ESR3
4. Protein survival in charred ‘foodcrusts’: insights into Mesolithic container technology ESR4
5. Blood from Stone: utilising novel extraction techniques for the removal of tightly bound molecules from mineral surface ESR5


Function: How was it used?
6. Exploring the function of grinding stones using old and new methods ESR6
7. Tracking cereal processing in Neolithic pottery ESR7
8. Chemical analysis of stone cooking technologies ESR8
9. Exploring the artefactual record of feasting during the Orcadian Late Neolithic ESR9
10. Genetic evidence for artefacts associated with prehistoric wine ESR10
11. Exploring the function of hearths through biomolecular approaches  ESR11


Technology: How was it made?
12. From ideology to economy: unveiling the taxonomic origin of animal bone artefacts with palaeoproteomic analysis ESR12
13. Tracking adhesive technologies from the Late Glacial to Early Holocene ESR13


Provenance: where did it come from?
14. Nature and function of plant based artefacts ESR14
15. Developing the application of hydrogen isotope analysis (δD) to determine artefact function and provenance ESR15


We invite expressions of interest from potential candidates, including some basic information on eligibility and prior qualifications, plus an indication of your preferred project(s) and your motivations for this choice. Expressions of interest will be used to help gauge interest across the network and to guide potential applicants towards the ESR projects for which they are eligible and best suited.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No  956351.


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Formal applications for ChemArch studentships are expected to open in Jan 2021


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