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Yvonne van Amerongen

Researcher

Name
Dr. Y.F. van Amerongen MSc
Telephone
+31 71 527 8167
E-mail
y.f.van.amerongen@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Yvonne has a background in both biology and archaeology. She combines both these disciplines in her work as a bio-archaeologist, both as a practical archaeobotanist and as a postdoc researcher in the ERC funded EUROLITHIC project. In this project she will analyse the establishment of various Indo-European linguistic groups in prehistoric Europe based on a combination of aDNA, isotopes, pollen, macrobotanical and zoological remains, and material culture.

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Research

Yvonne has a background in both biology and archaeology. She combines both these disciplines in her work as a bio-archaeologist, both as a practical archaeobotanist and as a postdoc researcher in the ERC funded EUROLITHIC project. In this project, she will analyse the establishment of various Indo-European linguistic groups in prehistoric Europe based on a combination of aDNA, isotopes, pollen, macrobotanical and zoological remains, and material culture.

The postdoc project is aimed at making overviews of the origin, domestication and distribution of different plant and animal species based on archaeological data. This information will be combined with ethnographical and ethnobotanical data in order to compare what is found with what is expected for the different subsistence types existing in prehistoric Europe (mixed farming, pastoral nomadism, hunting-gathering).

Information derived from these disciplines will be given to the historical comparative linguists to see whether words for the different aspects related to subsistence can be reconstructed.
Data from both linguistics and archaeology (including isotopic/DNA data and material culture) will be combined to develop more founded ideas about the origin, timing and introduction of different people, plants and animals throughout European prehistory.

Curriculum vitae

Yvonne van Amerongen first studied Biology and then Archaeology at the University of Leiden. In her archaeological studies, she focused on the Prehistory of NW Europe and Palaeobotany. She finished her dissertation on domestic and wild resource exploitation in Bronze Age subsistence in West-Frisia in 2016. Since then, she has been working as a senior botanical specialist at Archol BV, a commercial archaeological company housed in the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden. Concurrently, she is a part of the EUROLITHIC project (2018-2022). 

Researcher

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL VIET

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 2
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.03a

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