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

Book review:

Welker, F. (in press). ‘Review of: DNA for Archaeologists, by E. Matisoo-Smith and K. Ann Horsburgh’, Archaeological Review from Cambridge 28 (2).