PhD candidate / self funded
Cora Leder is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Archaeology
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Cora Leder's research interests involve habitual activity, the paleolithic, and human evolution. In her PhD research, Cora focusses on the role of the ulnar digits, wrist, and forearm in daily manual activity in early modern skeletal assemblages, as well as in fossil hominins. She uses cutting edge methodologies in activity research that combine 3D imaging and multivariate statistics to answer questions about people's daily lives, as well as the function and evolution of the human hand.
Cora Leder obtained her bachelor's degree in Prehistory and Archaeological Sciences with a specialisation in Osteoarchaeology from the University of Basel, Switzerland in 2020. Later that year, she joined Leiden University for a Research Masters degree, from which she graduated in 2023. In her thesis, she demonstrated the importance of the fifth finger in gripping activity and laid the groundwork for the research that she now pursues in her PhD.