The project is supported by the directors of our institutes, Jean-Jacques Hublin (MPI-EVAN, Leipzig), Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser (RGZM Mainz), and Alexandru Vulpe (IAVP Bucharest).
Radu Iovita (MONREPOS, RGZM), the project coordinator, is a Paleolithic archaeologist interested in stone tool analysis, experimental archaeology, quantitative applications, and archaeological survey. Radu graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, (Philadelphia, USA) in 2008 with a PhD in anthropology, and has been at the RGZM since then. He also teaches prehistory at the University of Mainz, and coordinates the field-practicum of the Mainzer students while in Romania. In addition to the Danubian survey, he is pursuing research related to projectile point fracture through controlled replication experiments, funded by a grant obtained from the German Research Community (DFG).
Adrian Dobos (IAVP Bucharest) is Assistant Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology. His research centers on the Middle Paleolithic of the Carpathians and the Dobrogea area. Adrian is responsible for project coordination and lithic analysis.
Kathryn Fitzsimmons is leader of the luminescence dating laboratory at MPI-EVA. She is a geochronologist and Quaternary geologist, specialising in optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating. Her research interests focus on the reconstruction of records of human-environmental interaction and environmental change throughout the Pleistocene. To understand the response of humans to their environment and thresholds for landscape change, she applies the techniques of luminescence dating, geomorphology, stratigraphy and sedimentology.
Ulrich Hambach (University of Bayreuth), is a geologist involved in numerous projects related to geoarchaeology, prehistory, and loess research, especially in Central and Southeast Europe. He is the leader of the Labor für Paläo- und Umweltmagnetik (Laboratory for Paleo- and Environmental Magnetism, PUMA) at the University of Bayreuth.
Shannon McPherron, (MPI-EVAN, Leipzig) is a Paleolithic archaeologist primarily interested in the evolution of hominin cultural abilities during the Lower and Middle Paleolithic. He is currently involved in field projects in southwest France (Haut de Combe-Capelle and the Roc de Combe-Capelle), in Morocco (Jebel Irhoud and Rhafas), and in Ethiopia (Dikika), and he is working on the analysis and publication of excavations at Jonzac, Roc de Marsal and Pech de l’Azé IV. The French projects are generating new data on hominin adaptations just prior to the arrival of anatomical modern humans, and the African projects are generating new data from the Middle Stone Age at or soon after the appearance of modern humans. This fieldwork has also involved developing new computer assisted technologies for excavating and analyzing archaeological sites. One theme in this work has been techniques for the recognition and documentation of site formation processes. McPherron is interested in lithic technology and has published on the significance of variability in handaxe shape. He is currently working on Mousterian handaxes and less well understood aspects of Mousterian assemblage variability.
Alexandru Petculescu (Institute of Speleology «Emil Racovitza», Bucharest) is a specialist in karst geology and cave micrommals. Alex will be in charge of studying the microfauna from our excavations.