• Dr Catherine Longford

Catherine is an archaeobotanist who has specialised in the archaeology of the Bronze Age Near East, particularly the Kura-Araxes culture. Her PhD research was on the ‘Plant Economy of the Kura-Araxes’ and used the site of Sos Höyük, Turkey, excavated by Tony and Claudia Sagona as a case study. Catherine has a BA/BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne majoring in Archaeology, Botany and Geology and an MSc in Palaeoeconomy and Environmental Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. At Sheffield Catherine was employed as a Marie Curie Research Fellow in Archaeobotany specialising in roots and tubers, and Research Officer. Currently Catherine is an ERC Post Doctoral Research Associate at Sheffield as part of the University of Manchester ADAPT project researching the spread of crops across Neolithic Europe. Catherine has worked as an archaeobotanist on excavations in Turkey (Kaman-Kale Höyük, Catal Höyük), Georgia (Chobareti, Rabati, Samtavro), Israel (Tel Beit Yerah) and Bulgaria (Dodoparon), and on various sites in the UK.