Marieke Doorenbosch is a postdoctoral researcher in archaeo- and palaeobotany. She is specialized in palynology and her main interest is to reconstruct landscapes based on pollen analyses. As a PhD student she was involved in the Ancestral Mounds project, for which she reconstructed the barrow landscape on the Pleistocene soils of the central and southern Netherlands.
Currently she is involved in two projects as a postdoctoral researcher. She is a postdoctoral researcher in the NWO project "The Avellino Event: cultural and demographic effects of the great Bronze Age eruption of Mount Vesuvius". For this project, a cooperation between the University of Leiden and Groningen, she is conducting research in Lazio, Italy. At 1950 BC the Vesuvius, a vulcano in the southwest of Italy, erupted. People who lived near the Vesuvius fled, possibly to an area North of the Vesuvius, Lazio. In her research Marieke is going to reconstruct the landscape in Lazio from the period before and after the eruption. When the refugees indeed had fled to this area changes in the landscape due to the influx of these people must be detectable. By means of pollen analyses, in combination with other disciplines, Marieke will try to give insight in this matter.
The second project Marieke is involved in is the VICI project "Economies of Destruction", led by David Fontijn. In the Bronze Age prestigious objects were not deposited in cult places or temples, but in unmarked natural zones. However, there must have been certain characteristics of the physical landscape by which such a location could be recognized (aide-mémoire). To get a better understanding of why specific locations were selected for deposition, GIS models will be developed to reconstruct the depositional landscape and to determine which combination of landscape features best explain the location of metal depositions. Vegetation might have played an important role and therefore Marieke will model the vegetation in the areas where sufficient ecological data are available, to include vegetation in the GIS models.