Leverhulme Trust-funded PhD Studentship available

25 July 2013

Hunting and herding in Jordan

A PhD Studentship funded by the Leverhulme Trust (Ref:1351435) is available at the Institute from October 2013. The deadline for applications is 9 August 2013.

Prehistoric Hunting Strategies in Jordan: reconstructing prey behaviour and ecology

The Institute of Archaeology, UCL is seeking an MPhil/PhD student to undertake three years of research leading to a PhD.

The specific objectives of this PhD project, associated with a Leverhulme Trust-funded Research Project, are to develop spatial and computation models for considering how the behaviour and movements of wildlife herds in the Jordanian steppe-deserts in prehistory influenced human hunting strategies. The project will focus on the Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic of the Jordanian steppe.

The student will be working as part of a team, alongside area-specialist archaeologists, isotope scientists, environmentalists and zooarchaeologists.

The PhD project will draw on data collected by the broader research project, and the student will be responsible for model construction and testing outputs. Results will have a significant impact on understanding hunting strategies, hunter-gatherer mobility, and resource pressures prior to and during the uptake of domestic animals in the area.

Andrew Bevan will be the PhD supervisor and collaborator for spatial and computational modelling on this project.

The Leverhulme Trust supports “scholarships for the purposes of research and education”, operating across all academic disciplines and supporting talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training.