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Dr Kurt Gron

Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology

(email at k.j.gron@durham.ac.uk)

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 keenly interested in shell middens and shell midden taphonomy, and have analysed and am preparing for publication the bone material from several of the world-famous Danish shell middens. My current research takes a comparative approach to agricultural origins in Northern Europe and aims to better understand land use, landscape modification, homogeneity, and other aspects of agricultural practice through the application of multiple methods to the basic question, "What was the earliest agriculture actually like?" 

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 Groups

Department of Archaeology

  • Bioarchaeology

Research Interests

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

Publications

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Gron, K.J., Sørensen, L. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2020). Agricultural origins: where next? In Farmers at the Frontier: A Pan-European Perspective on Neolithisation. Gron, K.J., Sørensen, L. & ROWLEY-CONWY, P. Oxbow Books. 1-5.
  • Gron, K.J. (2020). The Early Neolithic frontier farming of southern Scandinavia. In Farmers at the Frontier: A Pan-European Perspective on Neolithisation. Gron, K.J., Sørensen, L. & Rowley-Conwy, P. Oxbow Books. 317-337.
  • Gron, K.J., Sørensen, L. & ROWLEY-CONWY, P. (2020). The Early Neolithic origins of agriculture. In Farmers at the Frontier: A Pan-European Perspective on Neolithisation. Gron, K.J., Sørensen, L. & ROWLEY-CONWY, P. Oxbow Books. 443-447.
  • Rogers, B., Gron, K., Montgomery, J., Gröcke, D.R. & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2018). Aurochs Hunters: The Large Animal Bones from Blick Mead. In Blick Mead: Exploring the 'first place' in the Stonehenge landscape. Archaeological excavations at Blick Mead, Amesbury, Wiltshire 2005–2016. Jacques, D., Phillips, T. & Lyons, T. Oxford: Peter Lang. 1: 127-152.
  • Gron, Kurt J. & Rowley-Conwy, Peter (2018). Environmental Archaeology in Southern Scandinavia. In Environmental Archaeology: Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches. Piskin, E., Marciniak, A. & Bartkowiak, M. Springer International Publishing AG, Cham. 35-74.
  • 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.

Journal Article

Selected Grants

  • 2017: National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration Grant ($21,262)
  • 2014: British Academy Newton International Fellowship (£99,000)
  • 2011: National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant ($18,000)
  • 2010: American-Scandinavian Foundation Research Fellowship to Denmark (declined) ($20,000)
  • 2010: Fulbright (IIE) Research Fellowship to Denmark ($23,000)
  • 2009: United States Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Danish ($30,000)
  • 2008: United States Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Danish ($30,000)