About the Project
(1) Integrate information from paleontological and archaeological sources (faunal remains, prehistorical/historical depictions/descriptions) to reconstruct spatiotemporal changes in wild and domesticated faunal assemblages in Holocene Egypt.
(2) Use these faunal datasets to identify spatiotemporal variation in climatic and anthopogenic drivers of extinction and colonization in Egypt over a period spanning from pre-historic times and the Ancient Egyptian civilization to the present-day.
(3) Explore societal consequences of the environmental changes identified for the Ancient Egyptian civilization and its prehistoric precursors.
The emphasis of the study can be tailored to meet the interests of the student and we encourage applicants from a broad range of academic disciplines, from biological to archaeological/Egyptological sciences, provided a keen interest in developing interdisciplinary research skills, including the use of computer programming and quantitative methods as part of the study. The student will be based at Univ. Liverpool and is expected to spend around a month annually at the “Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity”, Univ. York.
Applications (CV, letter of application, 2 referees) by email to [Email Address Removed] deadline: January 8th 2020. Interviews in or after the week commencing : 10th February 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed for only one project from the ACCE partnership.
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