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Food and balms: combined botanical and chemical studies from funerary contexts.

Project Description and Objectives

Funerary contexts provide excellent preservation of organic residues and have the potential of offering unexplored perspectives in the study of human activities in the past, including the evolution of dietary habits and palaeo-ethnological practices, also in relation to changing climate conditions. They are especially suitable for multidisciplinary scientific investigations, as demonstrated by publications on top-level scientific journals. The present Doctorate project, devoted to the study of organic remains of vegetal origin from different funerary contexts will be carried out at (a) Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), which is the lead participant, taking in charge the selection and study of plant remains (e.g., pollen, phytoliths, non-pollen palynomorphs, fibres, seeds/fruits, leaf and wood fragments) and (b) University of Evora, where the doctorate student will carry on the chemical analyses of the organic residues following a range of techniques (e.g., chromatographic, mass spectrometric, isotopic techniques) over at least 12 months. Short stages in other partner Universities and Museums are also planned.

The goal of this research is to detect changes in dietary habits, rituals, technological practices, trades, and past environmental conditions from different archaeological contexts. The doctorate student will be trained to apply an interdisciplinary scientific approach to archaeological materials of top-level interest, and to disseminate the results both within the scientific community and in museum outreach programs

Type of Contract and Benefits

The selected ESR4 will be offered a full-time 36 months employment contract by the University of Rome La Sapienza (UNIROMA1)

The contract will include the following allowances:

Living Allowance (LA) = € 3318,37 per month corresponding to the monthly salary for the fellow before any deductions: contributions of both employers and employees to social security, pension, taxation.
Family allowance (FA) = 500€ per month. The LA will be paid only if the recruited ESR has a family* status at the time of recruitment.
Mobility Allowance (MA) = 600€ per month. The MA is a contribution to household, relocation and travel expenses.

*"Family" means persons linked to the researcher by marriage (or a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised) or dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher.

Doctoral Degree

ESR4 will be awarded a joint Double Doctorate degree in cotutelle with the the University of Evora (UEVORA).

ESR4 research project will involve a secondment to the University of Evora (UEVORA). Additional Secondments to ED-ARCHMAT Beneficiaries and/or Partners could be planned according to ESR4 research needs.

Eligibility Criteria

Main Eligibility criteria are indicated in section ADMISSION RULES

ESR 4 Additional Eligibility Criteria
IELTS CERTIFICATE with a minimum score of 5.0 or a declaration of having a Ba. and/or M.Sc. degree issued by a University in which courses are taught in English, i.e. "The medium of instruction was English". Certificates not included in the list above will not be accepted.

ESR4 Specific Requirements

Master (2nd cycle equivalent according to the Bologna Process) Degree issued by an officially recognized academic institution which grants admission to PhD programmes in the country of issuance in one of the following fields: natural sciences, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, archaeometry.

Foreign academic degrees and diplomas will be validated and recognized by the authorized personnel of the University of Rome La Sapienza and of the University of Evora before enrolment in the double PhD degree.

Additional Requirements:
Previous experience and an interest in historical/archaeological subjects

Application Deadline

The deadline for the online submission of completed application forms available under section APPLICATION of the ED-ARCHMAT website is 15th July 2018.

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