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Sarah Pederzani

Post-Doctoral Researcher

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

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

Research Interests

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.


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