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Donna De Groene

Donna DG
  • Postgraduate research student.

Areas of interest

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

Research projects

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 the 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.


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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's studies I also took courses at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and the University of Sheffield (UK), where I did an Erasmus+ traineeship. During my master's I worked as a 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.