Max Planck Research Group on Plant Foods in Hominin Dietary Ecology

Cynthianne Debono Spiteri Bio    CV    Publications

Current positions:


Postdoctoral position
Junior Research Group on Plant foods in hominin dietary ecology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


Grant Holder/ Secretary for COST Action TD0902 SPLASHCOS
Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf
University of York, UK

Academic Education:


PhD, University of York, UK
Thesis title: Pottery use at the transition to agriculture in the western Mediterranean: evidence from biomolecular and isotopic characterisation of organic residues in Impressed/Cardial Ware vessels.
Supervisor: Dr Oliver Craig


MSc Scientific Methods in Archaeology, University of Bradford, UK
Dissertation title: Investigating lipid degradation in herring (Clupea harengus)
Supervisors: Dr Ben Stern and Prof. Carl Heron


BA (Hons.) Archaeology, University of Malta
Dissertation title: Archaeological development in Malta from the seventeenth to the beginning of the twentieth century: an evaluation of practices and methodology with special reference to the achievements of Themistocles Zammit
Supervisor: Prof. Anthony Bonanno

Employment history:


Arrow Pharm (Malta) Ltd., Malta
Quality Control Laboratory Analyst


Heritage Malta, Malta
Freelance Archaeologist (Researcher)


Heritage Malta, Malta
Internship / Volunteer

Grants and memberships

2012 Departmental Research Grant, University of York, UK
2010- Associate of the Higher Education Academy, UK
2010 Departmental Research Grant, University of York, UK
2009 Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust
2009 Departmental Research Grant, University of York, UK
2008 NERC Life Science Mass Spectrometry Facility
2008- NERC PhD Studentship
2007- Member of the Institute for Archaeologists
2006-2007 Commonwealth Scholarship (MSc funding)

Teaching experience:

2009- Involved in teaching at the Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK
  • Supervised students carrying out laboratory work related to their dissertation projects
  • Lectures, seminars, laboratory demonstrations, marking and field trips

Laboratory and fieldwork experience:

2008 Casual research technician in molecular archaeology, University of Bradford, UK
2003-2004 Rescue excavations, Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, Malta
2004 Assistant Area Supervisor and responsible for the Special Finds collection, Tas-Silġ excavation, University of Malta
2003 Excavated and responsible for the Special Finds collection, Tas-Silġ excavation, University of Malta


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