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Dr Kurt Gron

Research Associate

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Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology206 


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 interests

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

Research groups

  • Bioarchaeology


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Edited book

  • Gron, K.J., Sørensen, L. & ROWLEY-CONWY, P. (2020). Farmers at the Frontier: A Pan-European Perspective on Neolithisation. Oxbow Books.

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