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The AEA has the opportunity to offer a number of grants to fund specific aspects of research projects concerning any area of environmental archaeology. Grant applications are open to all AEA members including students and unwaged members.
Small grants will now be offered for up to £750 (c. €850 /c. US $900) together with one Research Grant of up to £2000 (c. €2300/c. US $2500). On your application form please indicate which grant you are applying for: either the £750 or £2000 grant. Grants cannot cover the cost of equipment or conference attendance or costs that should normally be covered by developers or larger funding bodies (e.g. AHRC, NERC, ERC) funding other areas of the same project. Costs that may be covered include travel and accommodation for visits to research facilities, fieldwork, scientific analyses or time buy-out for those working in the commercial sector and wishing to carry out research beyond that funded by developers. Grants may also be used for research start-up or pilot projects.
Those of you that are planning to apply to this round of small research grants, in the first instance please email the grant administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) your expression of interest (note: this does not require any explanation, simply your name, affiliation and a statement that you intend to apply, and does not commit you in case you later decide not to go ahead).
Conditions of Acceptance of Grant
All grant recipients will be required to submit a grant report (on the AEA grant report form) on the use, benefits, impact indicators and research results of the grant received and must be submitted by 30 April in the year following the year of the award of the grant (i.e. reports on grants awarded in March 2024 should be received by 30 April 2025). A summary of your grant report may also be included in the AEA newsletter.
Receipts of expenditure or invoices should be submitted along with the report; grant monies, will be released following this. Publications arising from the grant must be offered in the first instance to the AEA’s journal Environmental Archaeology; publication proposals should be sent to the journal editor Dr Alexandra Livarda, via email to email@example.com (Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology, Spain).
Applications are invited once a year, with an application deadline of 29 February.
Applicants are required to complete the application form detailing the total sum requested and breakdown of costs, how the grant will contribute to the overall research project and what the benefits will be. Please send your completed application form to the grants officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications must be accompanied by a referee’s statement of support.
Enquiries should be directed to the AEA research grants officer, email@example.com.
Applications will be assessed by members of the committee and applicants informed of the results of their application by the end of March.
Relevance to AEA
How relevant is the project to the work/ethos of the AEA (see AEA constitution)
Originality of research
How original is the research project? (considering local research infrastructure)
Impact of research
How wide ranging are the benefits of this research project including for the AEA as global community?
Achievability of research project
Are the methods appropriate, and the aims and objectives achievable in the timeframe/budget and given the available facilities?
Overall balance of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
Overall balance considering the significance of the identified strengths and weaknesses of the project, opportunities it may create and threats it may face (as in external factors that may negotiate the project)
Note that applications exceeding the word limit as indicated in each section will be penalised (reduction of 2 points of their final score in the evaluation process).
Applicants can download the application form below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Awardees are required to submit a report form, which can also be downloaded from below.
Alexandra E.T. Kriti, Universitat Rovira I Virgili –
Experimental charring experiments on barley towards the creation of new tools to explore agriculture in the past
Asta Rand, Memorial University Newfoundland –
The environmental sulphur isotope composition of the Maya region
Aurelie Manin, postdoc, Oxford –
Resilience or assimilation? The origin of the dogs found in an early colonial Indigenous village in Michoacán
Caroline Vermeeren, consultant, the Netherlands –
A method to recognize management of oak in archaeology
Elisa Scorsini, ANU Australia –
Reconstructing the history of Dauar Island through geoarchaeology and soil micromorphology
Gene Shev, postdoc, Lieden –
Investigating human responses to climate change in the Archaic Age of the Caribbean: isotopic analyses on animal remains to reconstruct the climate of Canashito, Aruba
Jaime Rogers, University of South Florida –
Investigating oyster management systems
Jess Peto, Exeter University –
Feeding the beast: a prehistoric slovenian biomolecular case study
Kangkang Li, Queens University Belfast –
The role of environmental change in the rise and fall of oasis-desert civilisation in the Lop Nur region, northwest China
Michael Given, Glasgow University
Places, partnerships and ecologies of care: landscape relations in post-medieval Greaulin, Trotternish, Skye
Petra Dark, University of Reading –
An environmental context for the Slaughterbridge inscribed stone and Melorn deserted medieval settlement, Cornwall
Angelos Hadjikoumis, The Cyprus Institute –
Life in the uplands of Neolithic Cyprus: first glimpses into human-animal interactions
Barbara Huber, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena –
Reconstructing olfactory landscapes of ancient Arabia using biomolecular approaches
David Ingleman, University of California –
The Pig Under the Post: Osteo- and Iso-biographies of a Pre-Contact Hawaiian Pig Burial
Emilie Green, University of Aberdeen –
Chronology, Climate & Resilience: Using Multi-Proxy Bayesian Chronologies to Examine Pastoralist Responses to Dynamic Steppe Environments and Landscapes in Northern Mongolia
Jacqui Mulville, Cardiff University –
Distribution of red deer in the Atlantic Archipelago
Dr Sebastian Payne, Retired –
Metric separation of lagoon and edible cockle shells (Cerastoderma glaucum and C. edule)
Shalen Prado, McMaster University –
Dwelling at the Intersection of Seascapes and Landscapes in Pictland
Sharada Channarayapatna, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar –
Palaeoproteomic approach to identifying animal species use for the worked bone industry at the Bronze Age settlement of Dholavira
Ekaterina Ershova, Moscow State University –
Signature of trails and drove ways in soils and deposits of the forest-steppe zone
Rosalie Hermans, Vrije Universiteit Brussel –
The archaeology of coastal communities an archaeobotanical perspective (phytolith analysis of space and landscape of coastal landing places)
Elena Ponomarenko, University of Ottawa and Ecosystem Archaeology Services and Pile Tomson, Estonian University of Life Sciences –
Morphological signature of pastoral activities in peatlands of the forest zone
Claudia Speciale, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria –
Plants and sulphur: what can archaeobotany tell us about ancient georesources?
Jessie Woodbridge, University of Plymouth – Improving socio-ecological resilience to wildfire in the UK
James B. Innes, Durham University – Age, palaeoenvironment and recording of Mesolithic flint sites at Esklets
Veronica Lee, University of York – Pike trade in the late medieval Baltic
Hannah Britton University of Exeter – No bark, all bite
Sue Dyke, University, of the Highlands and Islands – Investigating how broch communities interact with their landscape in the Northern Isles
Emma Karoune, Independent – Creating an accessible phytolith reference collection for British plant species
Ewan Chipping, University of York – Humans influence on morphological variation in wild and domestic cattle from prehistory to the present?
Alvaro Castilla-Beltran, University of Southampton – Domesticating Fire Island
Kelly Reed, University of Oxford – Agricultural transformations
Lucile Crété, Bournemouth University – Multi-proxy study of ancient antelopes’ diet to investigate past vegetation changes in the Turkana Basin
Katharine Alexander, University of Kentucky – Deer management strategies and a possible explanation for the increase in prehistoric human maize consumption in the eastern woodlands of the United States
Ophélie Lebrasseur, University of Oxford – An archaeological and genetics approach to the cultural history of chickens in Argentina
Lukasz Pospiezny, Polish Academy of Science – The role of halophytes as a source of bioavailable strontium
Lena Strid, Lund University – A study of medieval bone pens
Tansy Branscombe, University of Cambridge – Shellfishing at the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the East Adriatic
Lidia Colominas, Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica – Tracing ancient livestock farming in eastern Pyrenees as a shaper of mountain landscapes: a sediment DNA approach
Youri van den Hurk, University College London – Optimizing Zooarchaeological Research on Cetacean Remains
Jessica Watson, University at Albany – Paleoenvironment and Prehistoric Diet on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Caroline Vermeeren, BIAX Consult – A method to recognize woodland management in Archaeology
Lisa Lodwick, University of Reading – Growing Roman Britain: Cereals and weeds as evidence for farming practices in the East Midlands
Lena Strid, Oxford Archaeology – Study of sex-related morphological traits on sheep skeletons
Angela Trentacoste, University of Oxford – Orvieto Environmental Project
Edouard Masson-Maclean, University of Aberdeen – Subsistence and settlement patterns during the Little Ice Age on the Bering Sea coast: an interdisciplinary approach integrating ecology, foraging theory and zooarchaeology
Lee Broderick, University of York – Tragelaphus Identification Project, Edinburgh (TIPE)
Meriel McClatchie, Self-employed consultant, Ireland, Honorary Research Asscociate – UCL & UCD – Late prehistoric farming in southern Britain: a comparative study of archaeobotanical data from five Iron Age sites
Scott Timpany, University of Highlands and Islands – SEM investigation of microscopic animal hairs and their potential use as proxy-evidence for palaeograzing activity
Shawn O’Donnell, University of Cambridge – Quantitative comparison of an alternative pollen processing technique with traditional HF/acetolysis – based protocols