Johan Sterner

affiliated with the university


My PhD research builds upon my MA thesis and is entitled ' Neandertals and Fire: Habitual or Opportunistic Users? Investigating the role of fire in the occupation of Middle Palaeolithic Europe' It aims to bring clarity to European Neandertals relationship to fire using a mulitproxy research methodology where proxies for the former presence of fire from Neandertal contexts is studied in relation to different settings and depositional environments. The goal of the project is to determine the level of influence different settings and environments have on preserved fire traces in archaeological contexts and whether one can make accurate interpretations on Neandertal fire culture based on current preserved evidence.

The project is supervised by Associate Professor Jan Apel (Lund) and Professor Wil Roebroeks (Leiden).