Beatrijs De Groot

Ceramic assemblages as evidence of social interaction in Neolithic Anatolia and the Balkans

The aims of my research are to delineate the spatial and temporal distribution of technology and style of the earliest ceramic traditions in the Neolithic Balkans and Anatolia, and to interpret these results in contribution to establishment of the long-sought routes of dispersal of the Neolithic way of life. This research is part of the BEAN (Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic) project (, that will address the question of the origins of European peoples following the introduction of settled farming life through anthropology and genetics, computer simulation and modeling, and prehistoric archaeology.

With the help of a descriptive system I will record presences of attributes of pottery production and style. This methodology will allow me to establish a statistic analysis of the similarities of pottery assemblages within and between Neolithic sites throughout the spatial and chronological framework. The results will be further investigated with the help of information about the economic conditions and constraints of early agricultural societies, prehistoric trade networks, ancient material science technologies, and local Neolithic cultural history.

The methods I will use include established ceramic characterization methods such as the analysis of form, surface treatment, and decoration; to reconstruct the chaîne opératoire of ceramic production; and to carry out petrographic analysis. The results will eventually be combined with the bioarchaeological and demographic data produced by the other associates of the BEAN project, in order to establish new insights in the Neolithisation of Anatolia and the Balkans.

Funding organisation

  • Marie-Curie FP7


 Educational background

  • BA, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Leiden University, 2009
  • RMA, Town and Country of the Mediterranean region and the Near East, Leiden University, 2012

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