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Donna De Groene – University of Reading

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Donna De Groene

Animal ecology and management during the transition from mobile hunting-gathering to sedentary agriculture in the Eastern Fertile Crescent.

 I investigate the first steps of animal management in Eastern Fertile Crescent. I study both animal bones and apply traditional zooarchaeological methods and isotopic analysis.
The transition from mobile foraging and hunting to sedentary farming and herding is one of the most significant changes in the history of humankind. It has been indicated that this shift was a long a slow process, which happened over several millennia rather than a sudden change. Yet little is known about what the first steps of animal domestication exactly involved. 
My PhD project is part of and funded by the ERC funded MENTICA project, investigating the Neolithic Transition in the Zagros Mountains. I am studying material which is newly excavated by the MENTICA project as well as material held by museums. 


About Me:

I hold a BA in Archaeology from Leiden University (The Netherlands) and a Research MSc (Cum laude) in Bioarchaeology from the University of Leiden as well. During my master studies I also took courses at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and the University of Sheffield (UK), where I did an Erasmus+ traineeship as well. During my masters I worked as Teaching Assistant in zooarchaeology.
I am also very interested in outreach. I've worked and volunteered at various museums and outreach events. I've been a tour guide at the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities and in a historical park.

Research Interests:

  • Animal domestication.
  •  Zooarchaeology.
  • Isotope analysis.
  • Neolithic.
  • Near Eastern Archaeology

Research Groups:

Landscape, Climate and the Lived Environment 

 Objects, Materials and People Research Cluster

   Donna DG   



Professor Roger Matthews (University of Reading)

Dr Aleks Pluskowski (University of Reading)

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