Maria Ivanova

Ivanova Maria 3My research background broadly spans the Neolithic and Bronze Age of Anatolia, the Aegean and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on ancient technology, spheres of exchange and technological transfer, palaeodiet, and the transition to farming. I am co-director of the excavations at the Copper Age site of Avren in Bulgaria and lead the DFG-funded project „Food cultures: Interdisciplinary studies of early farming, food technology and palaeodiet in Southeastern Europe“. In Food Cultures I collaborate with bioarchaeologists to explore the relationship between palaeodiet, food technology and the spread of farming in Southeastern Europe. The project integrates archaeological studies with organic residue analysis of ceramics, identification of plant microfossils preserved on stone artefacts, and analysis of high-resolution intra-enamel carbon and oxygen isotope profiles of domestic herbivore teeth. I have been teaching European Prehistory at the University of Heidelberg since 2006 at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and on variety of topics including prehistoric technology, agricultural origins, pottery, archaeology of violence, and archaeological theory.

 

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Project Partners

Hans-Peter Stika

Hans-Peter Stika

Assistant Lecturer of Archaeobotany, University of Hohenheim Read More
Stefi Jacomet

Stefi Jacomet

Professor of Archaeobotany, Basel University Read More
Andreas Heiss

Andreas Heiss

Scientific collaborator, Austrian Archaeological Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Read More
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  • PlantFoods

    PlantFoods

    The project will examine an impressive body of actual food remains and will generate a solid methodological tool for ancient
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  • Grinding Tools & Cooking Facilities

    Grinding Tools & Cooking Facilities

    The project will address variability and change of food preparation technologies, by assembling information on grinding stone tools, cooking facilities
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  • Ethnography & Ancient texts

    Ethnography & Ancient texts

    Ethnographic fieldwork will offer insights into traditional ways of transforming plants into food, daily meals as well as food for
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  • Experimentation

    Experimentation

    The Project will experiment with processing and cooking different plant species, generating different kinds of recipes and end-products.
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