The School of Archaeology is keen to attract and support high-quality early career research. Since as recently as 2017, the School has hosted four British Academy Postdoctoral Fellows, three Leverhulme Early Career Fellows, three Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows and two Newton International Fellows, as listed below.
These Fellowships have covered a broad range of subject areas, including human evolution, palaeoclimate and palaeoecology, ancient and medieval economies, material culture innovation, social inequalities, and modern migrations. Fellows have gone on to pursue further research careers both within the School and at a variety of international institutions.
BRITISH ACADEMY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS:
Dr Huw Groucutt conducted research on The Cultural Dimension of Neanderthal-Homo Sapiens Admixture at the Gateway to Eurasia, from 2016 to 2019, with Prof. Michael Petraglia as mentor. He is now a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, on the project Extreme Events in Biological, Societal and Earth Systems.
Dr Rachael Kiddey is a current Fellow, researching Migrant Materialities: The Material Culture of Forced and Undocumented Migrants in Europe, with Dr Lambros Malafouris as mentor.
Dr Eleanor Scerri’s research project, What Effect did the Demographic Structure of Early Modern Humans have on their First Dispersals out of Africa?, was undertaken from 2014 to 2017, with Prof. Nick Barton and Prof. Julia Lee-Thorp as mentors. She went on to hold a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, from which she moved to an Associate Professorship at the same institution, within the Max Planck Society’s flagship Lise Meitner Excellence Programme. Within this framework, she heads the Pan African Evolution Research Group.
Dr Jade Whitlam is a current Fellow, conducting research on Farming before Agriculture: Investigating Variability in Plant Management and Consumption by Western Asia’s Earliest Cultivators, with Prof. Amy Bogaard and Dr Mike Charles as mentors.
LEVERHULME EARLY CAREER FELLOWS:
Dr Paul Albert conducted the research project Lake Suigetsu and Volcanic Ash, The Key to Synchronising Palaeoclimate Archives, from 2015 to 2018, with Dr Victoria Smith as mentor. He has been awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship at Swansea University College of Science, studying volcanic ash deposits in marine sediments to improve predictions of future eruptions and their impact.
Dr Tom Brughmans conducted research on MERCURY: Simulating the Roman Economy, from 2017 to 2019, with Prof. Andrew Wilson as mentor. He is currently a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona, where he develops innovative network science methods for archaeological research in general and for the study of the Roman economy specifically.
Dr Jane Kershaw’s research project on Britain’s Viking Silver Hoards: An Archaeological Analysis of the Sources and Uses of Silver in Scandinavian Britain (850–1050 AD), was undertaken from 2017 to 2019, with Prof. Helena Hamerow as mentor. She has gone on to become Principal Investigator on an ERC Starting Grant at the School of Archaeology in Oxford, with the project Silver and the Origins of the Viking Age.
MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE FELLOWS:
Dr Tanya Dzhanfezova is a current Fellow, researching the project Mapping Intentionality: Demonstrating Innovation in Neolithic Pottery Uptake in the Eastern Balkans, with Mr Chris Doherty and Prof. Amy Bogaard as mentors.
Dr Juanjo García-Granero conducted the research project An Innovative Approach for the Study of Culinary Practices in Past Societies (CUISINE), from 2017 to 2019, with Prof. Amy Bogaard as mentor. He will commence a 3-year 'Juan de la Cierva-incorporación' fellowship at the Institució Milà i Fontanals, Spanish National Research Council Barcelona, from January 2020.
Dr Alexander Weide is a current Fellow, researching NICHE - Investigating the Ecology, Composition and Exploitability of Wild Cereal Habitats in Relation to Agricultural Origins in the Near East, with Prof. Amy Bogaard and Dr Mike Charles as mentors.
NEWTON INTERNATIONAL FELLOWS:
Dr Scott Blumenthal undertook the research project Oxygen Isotopes in Primates and Implications for Early Hominin Ecology from 2016 to 2017, with Prof. Julia Lee-Thorp as mentor. From 2017 to 2018, he worked on the NERC project A Diet for All Seasons: The Role of Intra-Annual Variability in the Evolution of Hominin Diet in East Africa, as Researcher Co-I with Prof. Julia Lee-Thorp as PI. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon.
Dr Teresa Fernandez-Crespo is a current Fellow, conducting research on Identity, Social Inequality and Violence in Late Neolithic/ Early Chalcolithic Southwest Europe. On completion of her Fellowship in 2020, she will take up a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at the Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Préhistoire Europe Afrique (LAMPEA) at Aix-Marseille University.
JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AT OXFORD:
Other independent postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities at Oxford are Junior Research Fellowships, which are provided and hosted by Colleges. Recent and current Research Fellows working in the field of archaeology include:
Dr Anna Blomley (JRF in Classics at New College, 2018–21), explores political, social and economic structures through the study of ancient landscapes; her current project focuses on the interaction between human activity and the natural environment in ancient Thessaly.
Dr Lisa Lodwick (PDRF at All Souls College, 2017–22), is undertaking the project Quantifying Cereal Cultivation and Processing in the North-Western Roman Empire, including the application of stable isotope and weed ecology analysis to archaeological plant remains at the School of Archaeology’s Archaeobotany Laboratory.
Dr Emma Loftus (JRF at Merton College, 2017–18), worked with Prof. Julia Lee-Thorp at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (RLAHA), studying Pleistocene and Holocene marine shell remains and early coastal hunter-gatherer behaviours. Dr Loftus went on to take up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge.
Dr Moujan Matin (JRF at Wolfson College, 2016–19) is researching the history of materials and technologies in the Near and Middle East from ancient to modern times, currently focusing on the development of Islamic stonepaste wares in Egypt, Syria and Iran from the 11th to 13th centuries AD, and working at the School’s Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (RLAHA).