Maria Ivanova-Bieg

Maria Ivanova-Bieg

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Archaeologist Maria Ivanova-Bieg investigates in her ERC project how the earliest agrarian societies in Europe established and maintained sustainable livelihoods. The researcher and her team will explore data from archaeology, paleoclimatology, and paleo-ecology and conduct analyses on stable isotopes and molecular residues from prehistoric animal and plant remains as well as ceramics. Using habitat- and agent-based models, the team will explore the relationships between environment, agricultural practices, and society and will test hypotheses on the value of social cohesion, mobility, diversity, and ecological responsibility for the sustainability of Neolithic societies.