PhD Studentship: Understanding Early Neolithic Communities in Anatolia: Using Small Vertebrates to Inform on the Palaeoenvironmental and Social Conditions During the Transition from Mobile Hunter-Gatherers to Settled Farmers

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science & Technology

Lead Supervisor name: Emma Jenkins

The Neolithic in the Near East is a critical period in human history; it was during this time that people made the transition from living in small hunter-gatherer groups, occupying temporary camps, to fully fledged agriculturalists living in large sedentary communities.

The reason why people made this transition is one of the great unanswered questions of our time. What is apparent however is that this development not only altered the way people interacted with their environment, but also the social structure within communities, ultimately leading to the development of complex societies and urbanisation.

This project will use microfauna from three archaeological sites to increase our understanding of the environmental and social conditions that prevailed during this transition in Anatolia.  These sites are: 1. Pınarbaşı-a seasonally occupied rockshelter (c8600-8100BC & 6500-6000BC) 2. Boncuklu- an early village settlement (c8500-7500BC) 3. Çatalhöyük- a large urban settlement (c7100-5700BC).

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with preferably a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction.

An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Applicants must be willing to travel to Turkey (security permitting) to analyse the assemblage from Çatalhöyük and assist with sample processing and sorting at Boncuklu.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 1 May 2017.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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