Research at HEBA integrates methodologies of bioarchaeology and computational modelling to reconstruct the environment, living conditions and life histories of people, animals and plants in the past. 

Our projects involve isotope ratio analyses of plant, animal and human remains and studies of biomolecular residues in pottery from archaeological contexts. In combination with sophisticated approaches to data analysis and modelling, we can assess the biological dimension of the past in remarkable detail.

MA and PhD students are invited to carry out research in our current projects or to develop independent studies with isotopic and lab components. Potential topics for graduate students include human diet, subsistence, and practices of animal husbandry and plant cultivation.

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  • Lab Opening and the HEBA+VIAS Summer Meet-and-Greet

    On June 15, 2022, the HEBA Lab and the Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science hosted a Meet-and-Greet event to welcome the arrival of summer and celebrate...

  • HEAS seed grant for Emily Kate

    Dr Emily Kate received one of the four biannual HEAS Seed Grants for her research project “The Authority of the Feast: A Comparative Approach to Studying...

  • Sampling prehistoric pottery in the Cucuteni Eneolithic Art Museum of Piatra-Neamț

    In April 2022 the SUSTAIN team sampled hundreds of pottery sherds from Neolithic and Chalcolithic sites in the Neamț county. The analysis of absorbed lipids in...

  • Poster Prize for Magdalena Blanz

    At the UK Archaeological Science conference 20-22 April 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland, Dr Magdalena Blanz and colleagues won the  Runnerup Poster Prize for early career researchers.The...

  • MA thesis defence

    Congratulations to Lea Frank for successfully defending her thesis „An archaeological network analysis of the decorated Bell Beaker pottery in the Central and Western Mediterranean“ on...