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Karen ruebens

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palaeolithic archaeologist

Karen Ruebens received her PhD from the University of Southampton (UK) in 2012 and has since been working as a postdoctoral researcher, first at the MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre for Human Behavioural Evolution (Neuwied) and then at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA, Leipzig). After a maternity break she successfully obtained a fellowship through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Career Restart scheme for a project at MPI-EVA focussing on Middle Palaeolithic projectile technology in Western Europe. Her research interests are focused on unravelling Neanderthal behaviour through wider-scale comparative lithic and faunal analyses, most recently including training in Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS).  She is currently, a research scientist at the  Collége de France in the Palaeoanthropology section.


Ranis / Salzgitter-Lebenstedt / Abri du Maras / Chatelperonian/ regionality


Collége de France / Max Planck Society / European Commission (Marie Sklodowska Curie) / DAAD / 

Geoff m Smith


Palaeolithic (Zoo)archaeologist

Geoff Smith is a zooarchaeologist interested in the evolution of hominin subsistence behaviour with a focus on animal remains from Palaeolithic sites. He completed his PhD in Palaeolithic Zooarchaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UK) in 2010. He worked at major centres of Palaeolithic research in Europe including Monrepos Archaeological Research Centre (2012-2015) and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (2017-2022). 

Since February 2022 he has been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent. His project BACBONE combines taxonomic identifications through Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS), with the microscopic study of alterations to bone inner structures (histotaphonomy). 


BACBONE / Bacho Kiro Cave / Ranis / Salzgitter-Lebenstedt / Abri du Maras / Neumark Nord 2/ Palaeolithic Britain


 Max Planck Society / European Commission (Marie Sklodowska Curie) / DAAD / DFG

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