Staff members

Dr. D.J.G. (Dennis) Braekmans, Leiden University

Prof. dr. P.A.I.H. (Patrick) Degryse, Leiden University

Dr. J.R. (Jill) Hilditch, University of Amsterdam

Prof. dr. ir. D.J. (Hans) Huisman, University of Groningen

Dr. S. (Stephen) Merkel, Vrije University Amsterdam

PhD members

Merita Dreshaj, University of Groningen

I work on establishing a high-precision chronology of the earliest animal husbandry in the Netherlands by means of radiocarbon dating and Bayesian chronological modeling. My research is a part of a bigger NWO funded project “The Emergence of Animal Husbandry in the Netherlands”, based at the University of Groningen. I do not have a fatuation with a certain time period (besides a mild inclination towards early Christianity and Norse archaeology). However, l thoroughly enjoy bringing various data together to reconstruct a precise timeline of past events which allows me to work on different case studies around the globe. Besides establishing precise chronologies, l am interested in the application of stable isotope analysis for various socio-economic questions, as this was my first “taste” of the practical application of archaeometrical techniques. With the danger of sounding a little vague, l sincerely thrive in interdisciplinary environments and am dedicated to bridging the gap between the ‘hard sciences’ and ‘humanities’.

Pınar Erdil, University of Groningen

I am a PhD candidate with a background in chemistry and archaeology. I am currently affiliated with the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA) and the Centre for Isotope Research (CIO) at the University of Groningen. I have considerable experience in chronological research, especially radiocarbon dating and Bayesian modelling. My doctoral project is an NWO grant namely “Catastrophe or just a drama: dating the Minoan eruption of Thera”. In this project, I work on establishing the chronology of the Mediterranean Bronze Age using this ancient volcanic eruption in Greece as a time marker. I am interested in radiocarbon dating and calibration methods, and the chronology of early civilizations.