Congratulations to Dr Michael Wallace

The Department of Archaeology welcomes Dr Michael Wallace, who has been appointed Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Early Agriculture.

Michael Wallace is a prehistorian whose research focus is on early agriculture studied through archaeobotanical techniques. These include traditional microscopy approaches, isotopic analysis, genetics, experimental charring and morphometrics (shape analysis).

Initially starting his undergraduate degree in Sheffield in 2002, Michael has been a core member of the department's archaeobotany team and the Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-use for several years. His range of publications reflect the broad base of knowledge that underpins his research.

The current fellowship is funded through an alumni donation and Vice-Chancellor's fund. The fellowship called for projects with a focus on agricultural decision-making in relation to food security/sustainability and climate change: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/news/research_assistant-1.506595

Michael's project is an ambitious exploration of the movement of crops across prehistoric Europe, and aims to pioneer a new morphometrics-based approach to archaeobotany. The research package will involve ground-truthing the technique on present-day crops as well as analysis of charred crop remains recovered from European archaeological sites dating from the Neolithic through to the Iron Age.

We wish Michael well with his new research project and look forward to hearing about its progress over the coming years.

Charred wheat chaff from a Pre-Pottery Neolithic B Near East site