Double PhD in chemistry and molecular biology of prehistoric artefacts (ChemArch MSCA ITN)

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“ChemArch: The organic chemistry and molecular biology of archaeological artefacts” is an International Doctoral Training Network with 15 interlinked fully-funded PhD Projects on the chemistry and molecular biology of prehistoric artefacts, entailing a double degree between 4 participating institutions and involving 20 project partners.

World leading researchers with world class facilities are part of the programme:

  • Globe Institute ( University of Copenhagen)
  • BioArCh (University of York); the departments of Archaeology & Chemistry
  • CEPAM (Université Nice Cote d'Azur)
  • Archaeology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • ICTA (UAB, Barcelona)
  • York Experimental Archaeological Research Centre (York)

Partners include: British Museum, Historic England, INRAP, Danish National Museum and Archaeological Museum of Catalonia, Institución Milá y Fontanals (CSIC).

Topics covered

  • Ancient DNA and Archaeogenomics
  • Lipid residue analysis
  • Palaeoproteomics
  • Stable isotope analysis
  • Use-wear and microscopic residues
  • Experimental archaeology
  • Biomolecular preservation and degradation

Please check these criteria carefully and contact the home institution if you are unsure:

1. Examining the representation of wooden artefacts in prehistoric archaeological assemblages (York/Nice) APPLY NOW

2. Recovering proteins from prehistoric pottery using immunological and proteomic approaches (Nice/Copenhagen) APPLY NOW

3. Preservation of DNA in tars and resins associated with artefacts (Copenhagen/York) COMING SOON

4. Protein survival in charred ‘foodcrusts’: insights into Mesolithic container technology (York/Copenhagen) APPLY NOW

5. Blood from Stone: utilising novel extraction techniques for the removal of tightly bound molecules from mineral surface (Copenhagen/York) COMING SOON

6. Exploring the function of grinding stones using old and new methods (York/Copenhagen ) APPLY NOW

7. Tracking cereal processing in Neolithic pottery (York/Barcelona) APPLY NOW

8. Chemical analysis of stone cooking technologies (Barcelona/Nice) APPLY NOW

9. Exploring the artefactual record of feasting during the Orcadian Late Neolithic (York/Nice) APPLY NOW

10. Genetic evidence for artefacts associated with prehistoric wine (Copenhagen/York) COMING SOON

11. Exploring the function of hearths through biomolecular approaches (Nice/York) APPLY NOW

12. From ideology to economy: unveiling the taxonomic origin of animal bone artefacts with palaeoproteomic analysis (Barcelona/Copenhagen) APPLY NOW

13. Tracking adhesive technologies from the Late Glacial to Early Holocene (Nice/York/British Museum) APPLY NOW

14. Nature and function of plant based artefacts (Barcelona/Nice) APPLY NOW

15. Developing the application of hydrogen isotope analysis (δD) to determine artefact function and provenance (Barcelona/York) APPLY NOW

Updated information here

Most deadlines are in mid-February 2021.