Institute of Archaeology

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ERC award success for the Institute

12 October 2012

Marc Vander Linden

The Institute is very pleased to welcome Marc Vander Linden who will be leading a 5 year ERC-funded project investigating the transmission of farming and associated technological innovations in Europe.

Marc, whose research award is one of two new successful European Research Council (ERC) grants being hosted by the Institute, joins us from the University of Leicester where he was previously a Leverhulme Trust-funded Research Associate looking at British and Irish Prehistory in their European Context and has undertaken field research in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro Belgium, Cameroon, Syria, Britain.

His EUROFARM project, based at the Institute, will investigate the transmission of farming and associated technological innovations (landscape use, pottery, lithics) in the western Balkans during the 6th and 5th millennium BC through a combination of new data collection, analysis and agent-based modelling. The research area provides a unique opportunity to observe the creation and initial dispersal of the two cultural streams (inland and maritime) responsible for the introduction of farming across much of Europe. This cutting-edge research project, involving multiple researchers and research students, will be the first to explicitly consider this process from the point of view of the transmission of innovations - how one becomes a farmer.

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The European Research Council's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the very few places in the world that is actively pursuing research on a truly global scale and has an outstanding record training doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

It is currently also hosting the ERC-funded research projects on 'Cultural Evolution of Neolithic Europe' (EUROEVOL) and 'The Origins of the Acheulean in East Africa' (ORACEAF).