Post-Doc : Biodiversity in Egyptian archaeology during societal transitions (Liverpool)

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Applications are invited for a (zoo)archaeologist or Egyptologist to join the cross-disciplinary project BEAST (Biodiversity in Egyptian Archaeology during Societal Transitions). BEAST is a collaboration between researchers in Egyptian archaeology and ecologists investigating interactions between climate, animal populations and societal development in Holocene Northeast Africa, with a particular emphasis on predynastic and pharaonic Egypt. You will investigate connections between environmental change, animal use and society by analysing the outputs of quantitative ecological models in the context of existing archaeological and Egyptological knowledge (the focus depending on your expertise). Through this work you will contribute to the wider project aim of establishing drivers of livelihood transitions, societal change and historical events. A primary role of the position is to compile databases for Holocene Northeast Africa on (i) representations of mammalian species, (ii) remains of mammalian species, and (iii) human settlement patterns. This will inform the ecological models to be developed by a PDRA specialized in environmental modelling, who you will be working alongside. BEAST is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and brings together the University of Liverpool (where this position is based within the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology), the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity at the University of York, and the American University in Cairo.

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