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Dr Beatrijs de Groot
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow; European and Anatolian Later Prehistory, Archaeological Ceramic Analysis
I obtained my BA and MA (Research) degrees in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology from the Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology (2005-2012), after which I conducted my PhD research at the UCL Institute of Archaeology (2012-2016).
My PhD was part of the Marie Curie FP7 funded 'Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic (BEAN)' project, which combined archaeology, computational modelling and aDNA research to study the spread of farming to Europe.
More recently I worked as an assistant archaeologist for UCL Archaeology South-East and as an assistant curator of the 'Stonehenge' touring exhibition (UCL, MuseumsPartner GmbH).
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Material Culture
Mediterranean Later Prehistory, Ceramic Petrography, Computational and Quantitative Archaeology, Archaeological Theory, Collections Curatorship
Current research activities
My postdoc research project examines the varied levels of adoption of the potter's wheel in southern Europe during the Late Bronze and Iron Age (case-study areas are NW Iberia, southern Italy and the Central Balkans). Its focus is to understand the conditions underpinning this technological change, ranging from learning and interaction networks to social and economic motivations. I use ceramic petrography to study long-term changes in clay recipes alongside the adoption of the potter's wheel, as well as spatial statistics to examine settlement patterning and networks before during and after this technological change.
- The adoption of the potter's wheel in NW Iberia
- Iron Age ceramic technology at El Castrú, Vigaña (Asturias, Spain)
- Spatial patterning in Neolithic ceramic assemblages from Anatolia, the Aegean and the Balkans
- Barcin Höyük Excavation Project (ceramic petrography specialist; 2014-2017)
- Ceramic assemblages of Early Neolithic Bulgaria (ceramic petrography; 2012-2016)
I contribute to the Archaeology B1 and B2 BA courses.
Groot, B. de, 2020. The impact of population fluctuations on the spatial spread of Neolithic ceramic traditions in West Anatolia and South-East Europe. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2019.101121
Groot, B. de, 2019. A diachronic study of networks of ceramic assemblage similarity in Neolithic western Anatolia, the Aegean and the Balkans (c. 6600-5500 BC). Archaeometry 61 (3), 600-613. https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12450
Groot, B. de, Thissen, L., Özbal, R., Gerritsen, F., 2017. Clay preparation and function of the first ceramics in NW Anatolia: a case study from Neolithic Barcın Höyük. In: Spataro, M. and Tomber, R. (eds.) Contextualising science: Advances in ceramic production, use and distribution, Journal of Archaeological Science – Reports 16, 542-552. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.06.028
Groot, B. de, 2013. Hybriditeit in tijden van kolonisatie: wat greyware kan vertellen over de Phoenicische kolonisatie van het Iberisch Schiereiland. Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie 49, 41-46.
Groot, B. de, 2019. Clay recipes, pottery typologies, and the Neolithisation of SE Europe; a case study from Džuljunica-Smărdeš. In: Amicone, S., Quinn, P., Radivojević, M., Marić, M., Mirković, N. (Eds.), Tracing pottery making recipes in the Balkans, 6th–4th millennium BC. Archaeopress: Oxford, 54-64.
Parker Pearson, M., Groot, B. de, 2018. Stonehenge (exhibition catalogue). MuseumsPartner GmbH, ISBN 978-3-9504664-3-0.