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Sarah Pederzani

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Evolution
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig
Germany

e-mail: sarah_pederzani@~@eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Publications

Research Interests

I am an archaeologist and stable isotope geochemist primarily interested in the role of climatic and environmental change in shaping human behaviour and evolution. In this research, I currently focus on developing approaches to more robustly connect evidence of climatic conditions with archaeological traces of human behaviour at high resolution, particularly for the Late Pleistocene in Europe. In this context I specialise in the application of a variety of stable isotope analyses (O, Sr, C, N, S) to anthropogenic zooarchaeological assemblages to generate seasonal palaeotemperature data as well as information on landscape structure and prey animal palaeoecology. Due to the direct association of zooarchaeological animal remains with human activity at archaeological sites, this approach enables the reconstruction of local climatic conditions specifically during human site use.

My research so far has concentrated on late Neanderthal and early Homo sapiens sites in Europe to gain a better understanding of climatic tolerances and adaptations of Pleistocene humans across the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition. I also have an interest in stable isotope geochemistry and palaeotemperature reconstruction method development, and have worked on bioapatite sample treatment for oxygen stable isotope analysis. In my ongoing work I am placing an increasing focus on multi-proxy work with a stronger palaeoecological and palaeoenvironmental component by applying several stable isotope systems to a larger variety of taxa including rodent assemblages. My work currently includes material from field sites in France (La Ferrassie, Les Cottés), Germany (Ranis Ilsenhöhle), Spain (Axlor rock shelter), Israel (Ubeidiya) and Jordan (‘Ain Difla).

In addition to my core research I have a particular interest in R programming and reproducible documents and workflows in the context of Open Science.

Publications

Artikel

Pederzani, S. C., Britton, K., Aldeias, V., Bourgon, N., Fewlass, H., Lauer, T., McPherron, S. P., Rezek, Z., Sirakov, N., Smith, G. M., Spasov, R., Tran, N.-H., Tsanova, T., & Hublin, J.-J. (2021). Subarctic climate for the earliest Homo sapiens in Europe. Science Advances, 7(39): abi4642.
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Pederzani, S., Aldeias, V., Dibble, H. L., Goldberg, P., Hublin, J.-J., Madelaine, S., McPherron, S. P., Sandgathe, D., Steele, T. E., Turq, A., & Britton, K. (2021). Reconstructing Late Pleistocene paleoclimate at the scale of human behavior: an example from the Neandertal occupation of La Ferrassie (France). Scientific Reports, 11: 1419.
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Pederzani, S., Snoeck, C., Wacker, U., & Britton, K. (2020). Anion exchange resin and slow precipitation preclude the need for pretreatments in silver phosphate preparation for oxygen isotope analysis of bioapatites. Chemical Geology, 534: 119455.
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Britton, K., Pederzani, S., Kindler, L., Roebroeks, W., Gaudzinski-Windheuser, S., Richards, M. P., & Tütken, T. (2019). Oxygen isotope analysis of Equus teeth evidences early Eemian and early Weichselian palaeotemperatures at the Middle Palaeolithic site of Neumark-Nord 2, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Quaternary Science Reviews, 226: 106029.
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Pederzani, S., & Britton, K. (2019). Oxygen isotopes in bioarchaeology: Principles and applications, challenges and opportunities. Earth-Science Reviews, 188, 77-107.
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Makarewicz, C. A., & Pederzani, S. (2017). Oxygen (δ18O) and carbon (δ13C) isotopic distinction in sequentially sampled tooth enamel of co-localized wild and domesticated caprines: Complications to establishing seasonality and mobility in herbivores. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 485, 1-15.
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Buchkapitel

Hermes, T., Pederzani, S., & Makarewicz, C. (2018). Ahead of the curve? Implications for isolating vertical tranhumance in seasonal montane environments using sequential oxygen isotope analyses of tooth enamel. In A. Miller, & C. Makarewicz (Eds.), Isotopic investigations of pastoralism in prehistory (pp. 57-76). Routledge.
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Hochschulschriften

Pederzani, S. C. (2020). Exploring Late Pleistocene intra- and inter-site climate variability and seasonaliy using isotope zooarchaeology. PhD Thesis, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen.
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