Dr Kurt Gron
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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.
- Agricultural origins
- Coastal adaptations
- Stable isotopes
Chapter in book
- Gron, K.J., Andersen, S.H. & Robson, H. (2015). Bone fragmentation as a tool for quantification and identification of taphonomic processes and their effects: the case study from Havnø, a stratified Danish “Køkkenmødding.”. In Muge 150th The 150th Anniversary of the discovery of Mesolithic Shellmiddens. Bicho, N., Detry, C., Price, T.D. & Cuhna, E. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2: 189-206.
- Gron, K. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2017). Herbivore Diets and the Anthropogenic Environment of Early Farming in Southern Scandinavia. The Holocene 27(1): 98-109.
- Gron, K. J., Gröcke, D. R., Larsson, M., Sørensen, L., Larsson, L., Rowley-Conwy, P. A. & Church, M. J. (2017). Nitrogen isotope evidence for manuring of Early Neolithic Funnel Beaker Culture cereals from Stensborg, Sweden. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 14: 575-579.
- Gron, Kurt, Montgomery, Janet, Otto Nielsen, Poul, Nowell, Geoff, Peterkin, Joanne L., Sørensen, Lasse & Rowley-Conwy, Peter (2016). Strontium isotope evidence of early Funnel Beaker Culture movement of cattle. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6: 248-251.
- Gron, Kurt J. & Robson, Harry K. (2016). The Ertebølle zooarchaeological dataset from southern Scandinavia. Open Quaternary 2(1): 1-15.
- Gron, Kurt J (2015). Body part representation, fragmentation and patterns of Ertebølle deer exploitation in northwest Zealand, Denmark. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 25(5): 722-732.
- Gron, K.J., Montgomery, J. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2015). Cattle Management for Dairying in Scandinavia’s earliest Neolithic. PLOS ONE 10(7): e0131267.
- Ritchie, Kenneth C, Gron, Kurt J & Price, T Douglas (2013). Flexibility and diversity in subsistence during the late Mesolithic: faunal evidence from Asnæs Havnemark. Danish Journal of Archaeology 2(1): 45-64.