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Department of Archaeology


Dr Kurt Gron

Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology

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I am an archaeologist specializing in wild and domestic fauna from the Stone Age in northern Europe. Zooarchaeology and stable isotope geochemistry are my primary specializations. I am also keenly interested in shell middens and shell midden taphonomy, and have analysed and am preparing for publication the bone material from Havnø, Fårevejle, and Norsminde, Denmark. My current research (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) takes a comparative approach to agricultural origins in southern Scandinavia and aims to better understand land use, landscape modification, homogeneity, and other aspects of domestic animal management. I aim to understand what agricultural practice actually looked like in the earliest centuries of the Funnel Beaker Culture (ca. 4000-3500 BC).

I completed a B.S. in Biology and Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, and a M.S. in Anthropology (Archaeology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008). I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 (Thesis: The Ertebølle Faunal Economy and the Transition to Agriculture in Southern Scandinavia, Supervisor: T. Douglas Price) and shortly thereafter moved to Durham. I have fieldwork experience in the United States, Denmark, Norway, and the United Kingdom and my research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (USA), the Danish-American Fulbright Commission, the British Academy, and the Leverhulme Trust. 

Research Interests

  • Agricultural origins
  • Coastal adaptations
  • Mesolithic
  • Stable isotopes
  • Zooarchaeology


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