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Dr Valentina Caracuta, postdoc fellow
Current Affiliation: Università Del Salento, Beni Culturali
Research Interests: Anthracology (study of charred wood tissue), Carpology (study of seeds and fruits), Isotopes analysis applied to archaeological plant remains, Palaeclimatology, Palaecology, Palaeoagriculture, Historical ecology.
Dr Anat Marom-Rotem, postdoc fellow
Current Affiliation: Developmental Biology and Cancer Research, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School
Research Interests: Radiocarbon dating low collagen and contaminated bone; single amino acid dating bone using hydroxyproline; absolute dating.
Yotam Asscher, PhD student
Current Affiliation: University of Padova, Department of Geosciences
Research Interests: organics preservation after deposition in archaeological sediments and radiocarbon dating of Bronze to Iron Age cultural transition in ancient Israel.
Michael Toffolo, PhD student
Current Affiliation: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie
Research Interests: Radiocarbon dating of the Iron Age period in the Greece and in Megiddo. Micromorphology, FTIR, phytolith, archaeological material analysis.
Shira Gur-Arieh, PhD student
Current Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Research Group on Plant Foods in Hominin Dietary Ecology
Research Interests: Conducting Ph.D. research on cooking installations in Iron Age Israel using experimental, ethnoarchaeological, and archaeological techniques. The research involves a variety of laboratory methods including mineralogical identification, micromorphology, and phytolith analysis.
Bridget A. Alex, PhD student
Current Affiliation: Harvard University, Anthropology
Research Interests: Neanderthal-modern human interactions, chronology of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition, bone chemistry and taphonomy, geoarchaeology
Dr Larisa Goldenberg, postdoc fellow
My research focuses on the development of methods for radiocarbon dating of alternative sources of organic material from archaeological contexts. Two main projects I’m involved in are: 1. Dating of organic residues adsorbed to ceramic pottery during usage. 2. Dating poorly preserved bones by reassembling degraded collagen fragments.