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Mark Sier obtained an MSc degree in Geology at Utrecht University in 1999 with a specialisation in sedimentology, palaeoclimate and environment. Following his degree, whilst working at the ING bank, he spent two summers paleomagnetic sampling the Greek islands and mainland in order to help a friend with his PhD research. This fieldwork rekindled his interest in science; therefore in 2004 he started studying Archaeology at the University of Leiden. In 2008 he was awarded an MA in Palaeolithic Archaeology. Since 2006 he has been collaborating with the paleomagnetic laboratory “Fort Hoofddijk”.
His Phd research at the Faculty of Archaeology was supervised by Wil Roebroeks (Leiden University) with co-supervision by Mark Dekkers (Utrecht University) and Josep Parés (CENIEH, Burgos, Spain).
His Phd research consisted of paleomagnetic and environmental magnetism studies at several archaeological and/or palaeontological sites across Europe and Africa. His research consisted of projects carried out in Neumark Nord (Germany), Caours (France), Happisburgh (England), Tegelen (Netherlands), Dikika and Ledi-Geraru (Ethiopia). These projects are multidisciplinary combining the skills of several research institutions to answer archaeological questions.
He has participated in several excavations including the Pleistocene sites of Dmanisi (Georgia), Atapuerca (Spain) and the Gravettian site of Krub/Kranawetberg (Austria) among others. Also he has extensive experience in teaching and commercial excavation/ prospection of archaeological sites.