Mediterranean

MIKE ALLEN

Mike is a specialist in the analysis of terrestrial snails. He focussed for 25 years on the chalklands of southern England before more recently undertaking work in the East Anglia region as well as the Mediterranean Basin. His primary research interests are palaeoenvironmental land-use and landscape reconstruction from landsnails, landsnails in archaeology, and modern landsnail ecology. For a selection of Mike's publications, please refer to the publications page. Make sure you check out his website too.

RUBY CERÓN-CARRASCO

In addition to her extensive work in Scotland and the Near East, Ruby has analysed molluscs present at the neolithic site at Susac Island, Croatia, in the Adriatic Sea. Her archaeomalacological interests more generally include the outlining of gathering strategies, gender, trade, artefact production and taphonomy. For a selection of Ruby's publications, please refer to the publications page.

ANDRÉ CARLO COLONESE

André's research focus is on the Mediterranean, though particularly on the Tirrenian coast of the Italian peninsula. He has wide-ranging archaeomalacological interests including subsistence, gathering strategies, artefact production, taphonomy, palaeo-environmental reconstruction, and the impact of ancient sea level fluctuations - especially post II° Peniglacial würmian. A selection of André's publications can be found on the publications page.

KATRIN FENECH

Katrin’s research focus is on molluscs as indicators for environmental change and human impact upon landscapes, as well as the use of molluscs for decorative purposes and as a food resource.  Katrin has conducted research on Malta and also in Morocco, and a selection of her publications can be found on the publications page.

FOTIS IFANTIDIS

Fotis is well known for his contributions to the study of Spondylus and Glycymeris shell ornaments which include the findings of his own research in the Aegean.  For a selection of Fotis’s publications, please refer to the publications page.    He administers a website dedicated to sharing resources about Spondylus in prehistory which can be found here.

EVA LAURIE

Eva's research is focused upon the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in Europe. Presently, she is working on the cockles (Cerastoderma edule) for the Danish shell midden sites of Norsminde and Krabbesholm, investigating issues of variation in size, abundance, age and seasonality. Eva's other research avenue is the investigation of the possible diagnostic properties of landsnail assemblages at the Mesolithic/Neolithic boundary. She has observed changes in diversity and abundance at the Norsminde site as well as at Pupicina Cave site in Croatia, and hopes to follow this line of research further after the completion of her doctoral thesis.

MARCELLO MANNINO

Marcello has conducted research on the Mediterranean island of Sicily in addition to his work in North Africa and England. His focus is on Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites, and his particular areas of interest include the biogeography and ecology of marine molluscs, coastal human palaeoecology, shellfish gathering strategies and exploitation, shell taphonomy and Italian prehistory. For a selection of Marcello's publications, please refer to the publications page.

SEBASTIAN PAYNE

Sebastian has an interest and expertise in shell from the Mediterranean, Australasian and Western European regions. While his zooarchaeological work has mainly been focused on bone assemblages from the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, he has particular interests in the taphonomy and construction of shell assemblages - especially as they relate to wave action and sorting processes.

WIETSKE PRUMMEL

Wietske has worked on a number of assemblages from the Aegean area including Hellenistic sites on Thessaly, Magnisia, and New Halos, as well as the Bronze Age Magoúla Pavlína. She has investigated various aspects of mollusc assemblages including gathering strategies, species richness and abundance, shellfish size in relation to human population size, and variations in shell characteristics due to changing ecological conditions (e.g. salinity, climate, community dynamics). As well as her work in the Aegean, Wietske has also worked on sites in the Netherlands. For a selection of Wietske's publications, please refer to the publications page.

KONSTANTINA (NADIA) SALIARI

Nadia has a broad interest in archaeomalacology in the eastern Mediterranean and Near/Middle East, with topics of particular interest being taphonomy, economic patterns, trade routes and environmental reconstruction. She has worked mainly in Greece to date, including Attica and the Dodecanese.

JANET RIDOUT SHARPE

Janet is known to many of us for co-ordinating the Archao+Malacology newsletter that has brought many workers in the field together over the last few years. Her newsletter is now posted on this website. Janet has worked on archaeomalacological assemblages from the Near East and England, as well as Cyprus. In Cyprus, Janet has worked on assemblages from Ayios Epiktitos Vrysi, Lemba Lakkous, Kissonerga Mosphilia, Kissonerga Mylouthkia and Souskiou Vathyrkakas. Her central interests are environmental reconstruction, subsistence, trade and shell symbolism. For a selection of Janet's publications, please refer to the publications page.

DEBORAH RUSCILLO

Deborah has conducted archaeozoological analyses of shell and bone assemblages from a number of ancient Greek sites, including the Agora in Athens, Corinth, Eleusis, Iklaina, Kalaureia, Poros-Heraklion in Knossos, Kommos, Mytilene, Nemea, Naxos, the Palace of Nestor in Pylos, Stymphalos and Torone. She has also studied faunal material from Jordan (Wadi Ziqlab and Zaraka). In addition to her interests in experimental archaeology, taphonomy, the reconstruction of ancient lifeways, and the comparison of archaeological and textual information, she has a special interest in Murex purple dye production. For a selection of Deborah's publications, please refer to the publications page.

NATHALIE SERRAND

As well as her extensive work in the Caribbean, Nathalie has also worked in the Mediterranean area - principally on assemblages excavated from the islands of Corsica and Cyprus. The sites for which she has studied shell include the preceramic site of Shillourokambos on Cyprus, the pre-Neolithic site of Monte Leone on Corsica, and the middle Neolithic site of La Figue also on Corsica. For a selection of Nathalie's publications on shell from the Mediterranean, please go to the publications page.

MARY C. STINER

Mary has worked and published extensively on both coastal regions of the Near East and the Mediterranean. Within the Near East, her work has focused on coastal western and northern Israel, coastal and Anatolian Turkey, and the Galilee region of Israel. Her zooarchaeological (and general archaeological) interests are diverse, including forager ecology, Palaeolithic subsistence, forager-farming transitions, population ecology, taphonomy, bone chemistry, and Palaeolithic ornament production and use. For a selection of Mary's publications, please refer to the publications page.

KEN THOMAS

In addition to Ken's work in Britain, Tuscany and northern Pakistan, Ken has worked on a number of assemblages from Sicilian sites. His interests include human subsistence and gathering strategies, the impact of human exploitation on mollusc communities, landsnail palaeoecology, and stable isotope analysis of marine shell. For a selection of Ken's publications, please refer to the publications page.

RENA VEROPOULIDOU

Rena has conducted extensive archaeomalacological research in northern and central Greece, as well as Crete. In northern Greece, Rena has worked on the Thessaloniki Tomb Mound (Middle and Late Bronze Age), the Balkan Export Mound (Early Bronze Age) the Paliambela Kolindros settlement (Early and Middle Neolithic) the Makriyalos settlement (Late Neolithic) and the Dispilio Kastoria settlement (Late Neolithic lakeside site). In central Greece, Rena has worked on the Proskinas Fthiotis settlement (Early Bronze Age) and the Mitrou settlement (Bronze Age). In Crete, Rena's research includes work at Zakros - the guard house by the sea (Middle and Late Minoan Period) and Zakros - Karoumes (Middle and Late Minoan Period). Rena's main interest is in subsistence, with a focus on gathering strategies, preparation of food, consumption practices and disposal of remains. The spatial analysis of archaeomalacological remains and the contextual interpretation of the data are primary concerns, in order to try and understand issues related to food practices in time and space and differences related to variables such as status and gender. For a selection of Rena's publications, please refer to the publications page.

BARBARA WILKENS

Barbara works actively in both the Mediterranean and Near East and has conducted research in Italy, Greece, Syria and Oman. She is interested in a wide range of archaeomalacological topics including subsistence, the nature of past environments, gathering strategies and artefact production and consumption. For a selection of Barbara's work, please refer to the publications page.