Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


24 February 2019

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Archaeobotany

Deadline: 10 March 2019

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, emphasizing international collaborations and cross-disciplinary research and post graduate education. CyI, through its established research centers, addresses challenging issues that are important at both the regional and international levels. Many of its research activities are being carried out in partnership with leading institutions in the respective thematic areas.

The project:

Prior to the inception of urbanisation in the Aegean on Crete after 2200BC, its antecedents may be recognised at a number of sites where a constellation of elements makes them stand out from their contemporaries. In recent years the most interesting of these sites is found on the small island of Keros in the Cyclades. In the period 2750-2300BC of the Aegean Bronze Age a number of factors combine in a unique foreshadowing of the processes of urbanisation. Recent finds at the island of Keros have revealed monumental architecture and metallurgy while the rich archaeobotanical data suggests changes in agriculture, patterns of consumption and landscape exploitation related to increased centralisation. Undamaged by later occupation layers, we can examine the rise and demise of a third-millennium proto-urban centre, which stands out among its peers as what we expected to be the largest and most complex site within a now well-defined site hierarchy. The archaeobotanical material will shed new evidence on agricultural regimes of the Early Bronze Age Cyclades, focus on grape and olive cultivation. The work undertaken at Keros for the first time provides a blue print for social change and economic organisation at the dawn of urbanisation of Europe.

The projectis funded by the URBAN project URBAN: the antecedents of urbanization in Europe from the Research Promotion Foundation (EXCELLENCE/1216/0463).

The Post-doctoral Fellow will undertake laboratory work for the study of the archaeobotanical remains from the Early Bronze Age site of Dhaskalio at Keros in the Cyclades.

The appointment will be on a full time basis, initially for a fixed-term period of twelve months, with the potential of renewal depending on performance and availability of funds.


The successful candidate will be carrying out the following activities

  • Identification of plant remains
  • Quantification and statistics
  • Analysis and Interpretation of the archaeobotanical assemblage
  • Reporting and co-authoring of articles
  • Responsible for the project’s website


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