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Dr Christina Tsoraki

Postdoctoral Research Associate

School/Department: Archaeology and Ancient History, School of

Email: ct293@leicester.ac.uk

Profile

I am a Research Associate working on the Leverhulme-funded Beyond the Three Age System project. I specialise in prehistoric archaeology with a focus on material culture studies lithic technology and microwear analysis. My research interests include depositional practices social and technological networks object biographies and household archaeology. Between 2013 and 2017 I was a Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow and a temporary lecturer in Material Culture Studies at the Faculty of Archaeology Leiden University. I am also involved as a specialist researcher (specialising in ground stone technology) in many archaeological projects in Greece Cyprus and Turkey ranging in date from the Early Neolithic to the Hellenistic period. Between 2012 and 2018 I was the leader of the Ground Stone Team for the Çatalhöyük Research Project (Turkey) directed by Prof. I. Hodder (Stanford University USA). 

Research

2013-2015 Project title: Crafting networks in early farming societies: tracing the residues of Neolithic activities through the study of stone artefacts (funded by the European Commision FP7/2007-2013 Grant agreement: PIEF-GA-2012-328862). The project investigated the role of household- and community-based practices in creating and sustaining technological and social networks in early farming societies. Employing different social units of analysis such as households and neighbourhoods the project explored how the interactions afforded by technological processes contributed to the sharing of knowledge materials and techniques among social groups (learning networks).

Publications

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Hodder, I. and C. Tsoraki (eds.) 2021. Communities at Work: The Making of Çatalhöyük. Çatalhöyük Research Project Series Volume 15. London: British Institute at Ankara.

Tsoraki, C. 2021. The ground stone technologies at Neolithic Çatalhöyük: issues of production, use and deposition. In I. Hodder (ed.,), Materials at Çatalhöyük: Reports from the 2009-2017 Seasons, 309-370. Çatalhöyük Research Project Series Volume 14. London: British Institute at Ankara.

Santiago-Marrero, C.G, Tsoraki, C, Lancelotti, C, and M. Madella 2021. A microbotanical and microwear perspective to plant processing activities and foodways at Neolithic Çatalhöyük. PLoS ONE 16(6): e0252312. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0252312

W. Li, J. R. Pagán-Jiménez,C. Tsoraki,L. Yao,A. Van Gijn, 2020. The influence of grinding on the preservation of starch grains from rice. Archaeometry 62: 157-171.

Haddow, S.D., C. Tsoraki, M. Vasic, I. Dori, C.J. Knusel and M. Milella, 2019. An Analysis of Modified Human Teeth at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 28: 102058.

Li, W., C. Tsoraki, W. Lan, Y. Yang, J. Zhang and A. van Gijn, 2019. New insights into the grinding tools used by the earliest farmers in the central plain of China. Quaternary International 529: 10-17.

Tsoraki, C. 2018. The ritualisation of daily practice: exploring the staging of ritual acts at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey. In I. Hodder (ed), Religion, History and Place in the Origin of Settled Life, 238-262. University of Colorado Press.

Bickle, P., B. Chan, L. Czerniak, J. Pyzel and C. Tsoraki 2016. At home in the Neolithic: understanding diversity in Neolithic houses and households. Open Archaeology 2: 410-416

Nazaroff, A., C. Tsoraki and M. Vasic 2016. Aesthetic, Social, and Material Networks: A Perspective from the Flint Daggers at Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26: 65-92.

Relaki, M. and C. Tsoraki 2016. Variability and differentiation: a first look at the stone vase assemblage in the Petras cemetery. In M. Tsipopoulou (ed.), Petras Siteia. The Pre- and Proto-palatial cemetery in context. The 2nd International Petras Symposium, The Danish Institute at Athens, 14-15 February 2015, 159-178. Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens, 20. Athens: The Danish Institute at Athens

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Press and media

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