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Understanding Early Neolithic Communities in Anatolia: Using Small Vertebrates to Inform on the Palaeoenvironmental and Social Conditions During the Transition from Mobile Hunter-Gatherers to Settled Farmers

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    Dr E Jenkins
    Mr M Maltby
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Project Description

The Neolithic in the Near East is a critical period in human history; it was during this time that people made the transition from living in small hunter-gatherer groups, occupying temporary camps, to fully fledged agriculturalists living in large sedentary communities.
The reason why people made this transition is one of the great unanswered questions of our time. What is apparent however is that this development not only altered the way people interacted with their environment, but also the social structure within communities, ultimately leading to the development of complex societies and urbanisation.

This project will use microfauna from three archaeological sites to increase our understanding of the environmental and social conditions that prevailed during this transition in Anatolia. These sites are: 1. Pınarbaşı-a seasonally occupied rockshelter (c8600-8100BC & 6500-6000BC) 2. Boncuklu- an early village settlement (c8500-7500BC) 3. Çatalhöyük- a large urban settlement (c7100-5700BC).

How to apply: Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.
Fully-funded studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with preferably a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful completion.

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 (unless otherwise specified) per annum, to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.
Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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