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28-01-11, 02:47
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Prestigious European Funding Award for UCC Archaeologist

Dr Ron Pinhasi, a lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, UCC has become the first UCC Researcher to be awarded funding by the European Research Council (ERC).

The European Research Council (ERC) is the first European funding body set up to support the best of the best research across all fields of scholarship. Of its two major funding programmes, the ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants competition is designed to raise the status and visibility of European frontier research by identifying the next generation of top research leaders. Indeed, because of the focus on excellence and the highly competitive nature of their programmes, success in the ERC is now widely identified throughout Europe as being the newest and most significant barometer of a country's achievement and ranking in research.
The four year project is titled: "From the earliest modern humans to the onset of farming (45,000-4,500 BP): the role of climate, life-style, health, migration and selection in shaping European population history". Funding amounting to over €1 million will enable Dr Pinhasi to study two major events in human prehistory: the colonisation of Europe by anatomically modern humans (AMHs) ca 45,000 years before present (BP) and the transition to farming ca 8,000 BP. The proposed research will investigate the complex interface between the morphological, genetic, behavioural, and cultural factors that shaped the population history of European AMHs. It will involve the utilisation of a broad set of state-of-the-art and novel methods in ancient DNA (aDNA) technology, chronometric dating, stable isotope analysis and bioarchaeology.
The Principal Investigator’s interdisciplinary expertise in these areas, his access to and experience of relevant skeletal collections, and his ongoing European collaborations will allow significant progress in addressing these fundamental questions.
Dr Pinhasi will collaborate with academics from Ireland, Germany, UK, Switzerland as well as various archaeologists and biological anthropologists from Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, United Kingdom, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, France and Germany.