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ERC grant success for the Institute

12 April 2013

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The Institute is very pleased to welcome back Margarita Gleba who will be leading a 5 year ERC-funded project investigating the role of textile production and consumption in the urbanization of Mediterranean Europe.

Margarita, whose research award is one of two new successful European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants being hosted by the Institute, joined the Institute in 2009 as a Marie Curie research fellow (project FIBRE, 2009-2011), after working as a research project manager at the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research in Copenhagen. She took time off last year to have a baby boy.

Her PROCON project, based at the Institute, will explore the role of textile production and consumption in the formation of early states, using the example of the Mediterranean Europe.

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The aim is to test the hypothesis that textile production and consumption were significant driving forces of the economy and of the creation and perception of wealth in Mediterranean Europe during the period of urbanisation and early urbanism in 1000-500 BCE. The focus will be on the significance of the production and consumption of textiles for the development of city-states (as clothing, elite regalia, trade and exchange items) and the implications of this for other aspects of the economy, such as the use of farm land, labour resources and the development of urban lifestyle. This interdisciplinary project is unique in that it takes developments in a specialist research field (textile archaeology) and applies them to modelling the dynamics behind the broader phenomenon of urbanisation in Europe.

Other members of the project include Susanna Harris (2013-18), who is also welcomed back to the Institute following her prestigious Marie Curie CoFUND postdoctoral research fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin and Joanne Cutler (2015-18).

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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), 'The Origins of the Acheulean in East Africa' (ORACEAF), and Transmission of innovations: comparison and modelling of early farming and associated technologies in Europe (EUROFARM).