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First ceramics of Atlantic Europe: manufacture and function

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Project "CERAM" data sheet

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postcode: YO10 5DD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2017-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF YORK UK (YORK NORTH YORKSHIRE) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

The arrival of farming had important consequences on many aspects of human society, from health to ideology. The study of this process therefore constitutes a key theme in prehistory and archaeology. One of the traits traditionally associated with the transition to farming in Europe is the introduction of pottery technology. For centuries, archaeologists have documented the appearance and dispersal of ceramic vessels across the European continent, using them as proxy for the shift to farming, domestication and sedentism, collectively known as the Neolithic transition. However, the role of pottery in the transition to farming is unclear. In other parts of world there are examples of both pre-farming pottery production and aceramic farming communities. With new research the basis that has underpinned centuries of Neolithic research is beginning to be questioned. Crucially, only by understanding the use and function of pottery can this technology be meaningfully linked to farming. By applying the latest chemical and molecular analysis, CERAM aims to reconstruct the use of pottery during this key transition focusing on the sequence of Atlantic Southern Europe. The host will train a ceramic specialist from Spain, with no prior experience of organic residue analysis, in the latest molecular and isotopic techniques providing the necessary skills for her to establish a similar facility in her home country where none currently exist. In turn, the fellow will bring specific expertise of ceramic technological analysis, not currently available at the host institution. Through her extensive prior experience and contacts, she will also provide an opportunity for the host to expand the application of organic residue analysis to a novel and under-researched context, i.e. Atlantic Southern Europe and consolidate long-term collaborations with a leading institute of coastal prehistory.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Pablo Arias, Mariana Diniz, Miriam Cubas, Carlos Duarte, Eneko Iriarte, Christoph Salzmann, Felix Teichner, Luis Teira
Looking for the traces of the last hunter–gatherers: Geophysical survey in the Mesolithic shell middens of the Sado valley (southern Portugal)
published pages: 61-70, ISSN: 1040-6182, DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2016.02.016
Quaternary International 435 2019-06-11
2016 - Tapia, J., Cubas, M., Ceberio, M., Moraza, A., Agirre-Mauleón, J., Alonso, E., Álvarez-Fernández, E., Areso, P., Armendariz, A., Castaños, P., Etxeberria, F., Garmendia, J., Herrasti, L., Iriarte Chiapusso, M. J., Pérez, D., Uriz, A. y Zapata, L.
San Adrian: un nuevo yacimiento de la Edad del Bronce en el Norte de la Peninsula Ibérica.
published pages: 363-375, ISSN: 1132-2217, DOI:
Munibe Antropologia-Arkeologia 67 2019-06-11
2017 Hierro Gárate, J. A.; Gutiérrez-Cuenca, E.; Cubas, M. y Bolado del Castillo, R.
Un terminal de cinturón altomedieval de la cueva del Aspio (Ruesga, Cantabria).
published pages: 137-156, ISSN: 0079-8215, DOI:
Pyrenae 48/1 2019-06-11
2017 Cubas, M.
Identifying manufacturing groups through the mineralogical analysis of prehistoric pottery: the example of the Cantabrian Region
published pages: 246-260, ISSN: 0323-1267, DOI:
Archeologické Rozhledy LXIX 2019-06-11
2017 Bolado del Castillo, R.; Cubas, M.,; Fernández Vega, P.
El conjunto cerámico del área 2 de la cueva del Aspio (Ruesga, Cantabria).
published pages: 97-99, ISSN: 1989-743X, DOI:
Ex Officina Hispana 8 2019-06-11
2016 Arias, P., Cubas, M., Fano, M. A., Álvarez Fernández, E., Araújo, A. C., Cueto, M., Duarte, D., Fernández Sánchez, P., Iriarte, E., Jordá Pardo, J. F., López-Dóriga, I. L., Núñez, S., Salzmann, C., Tapia, T., Teichner, F., Teira, L. C., Uzquiano P., y Vallejo, J.
Une nouvelle approche pour l’étude de l’habitat mésolithique dans le nord de la Péninsule Ibérique: Recherches dans le site au plein air d’El Alloru (Asturies, Espagne).
published pages: 159-190, ISSN: 0249-7638, DOI:
Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Francaise 6 2019-06-11
2016 Miriam Cubas, Jesús Altuna, Esteban Álvarez-Fernández, Angel Armendariz, Miguel Ángel Fano, Inés L. López-Dóriga, Koro Mariezkurrena, Jesús Tapia, Luis C. Teira, Pablo Arias
Re-evaluating the Neolithic: The Impact and the Consolidation of Farming Practices in the Cantabrian Region (Northern Spain)
published pages: 79-116, ISSN: 0892-7537, DOI: 10.1007/s10963-016-9091-2
Journal of World Prehistory 29/1 2019-06-11
2016 Esteban Álvarez-Fernández, David Álvarez-Alonso, Julián Bécares, Pilar Carral, René-Pierre Carriol, Adriana Chauvin, Miriam Cubas, Marián Cueto, Rafael Domingo, Katerina Douka, Mikelo Elorza, Jesús F. Jordá-Pardo, Xabier Murelaga, Rodrigo Portero, Olivia Rivero, Jesús Tapia, Andoni Tarriño, Luis C. Teira
Nouvelles données sur le Magdalénien inférieur de la Région Cantabrique : le Niveau F de la grotte de El Cierro (Ribadesella, Asturies, Espagne)
published pages: 537-567, ISSN: 0003-5521, DOI: 10.1016/j.anthro.2016.09.001
L\'Anthropologie 120/5 2019-06-11

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