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Frido Welker


2013 - present

PhD student in the Department of Human Evolution, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany), in collaboration with the Department for Archaeology, University of York (United Kingdom)

2012 - 2013 MSc in Bioarchaeology, University of York (United Kingdom) Dissertation: Biological and behavioural origins of Middle to Upper Palaeolithic bone assemblages: ZooMS taxonomic identifications of undiagnostic fragmentary bone specimens from Les Cottés (France). Supervisor: Prof. M. Collins.
2009 - 2012 Honours College – Archaeology, University of Leiden (the Netherlands)
2009 - 2012

BA in Archaeology, University of Leiden (the Netherlands)
Thesis: Ancient DNA analysis of coprolites from the extinct mountain goat Myotragus balearicus: the diet of Myotragus balearicus in relation to the palaeo-environment of Mallorca. Supervisors: Prof. T. van Kolfschoten and Dr. B. Gravendeel.



2012 - 2013

VSBfoundation scholarship (€7000,-).




Les Cottés, France (PI: M. Soressi)

2010 - 2011

Willendorf II, Austria (PI’s: P. Nigst, B. Viola and G. Trnka)


Deventer Molbergsweg Zuid, the Netherlands (PI: D. Kastelein)


Oegstgeest-Rijnfront, the Netherlands (PI: J. de Bruin)



Welker, F., Soressi, M., Rendu, W., Hublin, J.-J. and Collins, M., 2015. Using ZooMS to identify fragmentary bone from the Late Middle/Early Upper Palaeolithic sequence of Les Cottés, France, Journal of Archaeological Science 54, 279-286. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2014.12.010.

Welker, F., Duijm, E., van der Gaag, K., van Geel, B., de knijff, P., van Leeuwen, J., Mol, D., van der Plicht, J., Raes, N., Reumer, J. and Gravendeel, B., 2014. Analysis of coprolites from the extinct mountain goat Myotragus balearicus, Quaternary Research 81(1), 106-116.

Welker, F., Gijsbers, W., and Gravendeel, G., 2012. DNA-analyse van eeuwenoude runderhuiden uit scheepswrak Aanloop Molengat, Westerheem 61(5), 251–261.

Book review:

Welker, F., 2014. Review of: DNA for Archaeologists, by E. Matisoo-Smith and K. Ann Horsburgh, Archaeological Review from Cambridge 28(2), 200-204.