PALAEOSILKROAD Team

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RADU IOVITA

Principal Investigator

Radu is Leader of the PALAEOSILKROAD team at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at New York University (USA). When he is not in Kazakhstan doing survey, he splits his time between Europe and the United States. His personal website is here. You can also follow him on Twitter (@iovitza).

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PATRICK CUTHBERTSON

Postdoctoral researcher

Patrick Cuthbertson is a postdoctoral researcher in Palaeolithic archaeology on the PALAEOSILKROAD project, responsible for developing the research program and conducting fieldwork. His doctorate at the University of Oxford, entitled 'Hominins in Lower-Middle Pleistocene Central Asia',  is a landscape approach using GIS to assess the early occupation of Central Asia. His research interests and specialisms include, the Lower Palaeolithic, hominin dispersal, geomatic survey techniques, lithic analysis, GIS, and experimental archaeology.

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ABAY NAMEN

PhD student

Abay is an archaeologist with an interest in archaeometry. His Master's thesis (Erasmus Mundus ARCHMAT, Thessaloniki/Rome/Evora) focused on the  identification of organic residues and petrographical analysis in underwater amphoras from Sicily. 

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ARIS VARIS

PhD student

Aris is a geoarchaeologist interested in the formation and preservation of archaeological sites. In the framework of his master’s degree, he studied geoarchaeology in University College London and completed a thesis on microstratigraphy in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received additional training by participating in numerous national and international fieldwork projects throughout Greece. His research interests are summarized on site formation processes, Quaternary environments, multi-scalar and multi-proxy analyses, archaeological theory and fieldwork methodology.

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SONIA VARANDAS

Administrator

Sonia is in charge of all financial matters and project administration related to  PALAEOSILKROAD.