Past projects

A digitally-processed image of a large shard of dark-coloured pottery.

Exploring pottery use across the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Northern Europe

2017 - 2020

The transition from hunting and foraging to farming had far reaching consequences. This project questions the value of wild and domesticated foods in the circum-Baltic region through changing culinary practices.

A black and white photo of a gloved hand holding a test tube.

Regional variation in the use of early pottery in Northwest Europe

2016 - 2019

This research project examines the use of pottery dating to the Late Mesolithic Swifterbant culture from an inter-site, regional, and inter-regional perspective.

A decorated sherd of grey Neolithic pottery.

The aquatic Neolithic of the Northern European Boreal Forest

2016 - 2019

A PhD research project - part of the ArchSci2020 network - that employs organic residue analysis for the first time on the earliest pottery from the Russian Boreal European Steppe.

Two fragmentary examples of pottery from the Alaska Peninsula.

The adoption of pottery into the New World Arctic

2015 - 2019

A PhD research project, led by Marjolein Admiraal of the University of Groningen, focusing on the evolution of the function of pottery and stone bowls in Southwest Alaska during the past 9,000 years.

An illustration showing a corded-ware pottery fragment and profiles.

The diet of the first farmers in Lithuania, 3200‐2400 cal BC

2016 - 2018

This project is a biochemical investigation of food residues from ancient pottery, building upon a small pilot study undertaken on Subneolithic and Neolithic ceramics from Lithuania.

Cliffs and the Cantabrian Sea.

First ceramics in Atlantic Europe: manufacture and function (CerAM)

2015 - 2017

The project applys the latest chemical and molecular analysis to study of the role of pottery across the transition to farming in Southern Europe, specifically along the Atlantic coastline.

Pottery containing various foodstuffs next to a fish on a bed of leaves.

The innovation and development of pottery in East Asia

2014 - 2017

Focusing on the Japanese archipelago, one of the earliest and best studied centres for the innovation of ceramic containers, this project is undertaking the first systematic study of the function of early pottery.

A grey, elongated bowl-style pot.

Early pottery use and subsistence economies of the Narva-stage in Estonia

2014 - 2016

This project analysed 12 sites covering different environments and settlement systems to investigate the earliest ceramics in Estonia - the so-called Narva-type pottery.

A dark sherd of ancient pottery with scientific graphics overlaid.

PONTE- POttery iNnovation and Transition in East Asia: bridging expertise across continents

2014 - 2016

PONTE aims to unite the state-of-the-art expertise in organic residue analysis, with knowledge of East Asian prehistoric archaeology.

Fragmentary ancient pottery on a black background.

Early pottery use in North Eastern North America

2011 - 2013

This project demonstrates that the use of pottery in north-eastern North America 3000 years ago was not an adaptive response to increased reliance on specific kinds of wild foodstuffs as previously thought.