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Professor C. P. Heron erhält Humboldt-Forschungspreis

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Professor C. P. Heron erhält Humboldt-Forschungspreis

Prof. C. P. Heron

Professor Carl P. Heron receives the research award of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation and will be visiting ZBSA and the Johanna Mestorf Academy on a joint invitation from Prof. Dr. Berit Valentin Eriksen and Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller for a prolonged research stay from September 2014 throughout June 2015.Der Präsident der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Prof. Helmut Schwarz (links), überreicht Carl Heron die Urkunde (photo: Humboldt Foundation).

The president of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, Prof. Helmut Schwarz (left), presents the document to Carl Heron (photo: Humboldt Foundation).


Carl P. Heron is Professor of Archaeological Sciences and, since 2010, Head of the Division of Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Bradford, England. He specialises in the study of organic compounds (e.g. fats, waxes and resins) from archaeological artefacts and deposits. He is one of Britain’s leading archaeological scientists, using his training in organic chemistry to investigate problems such as subsistence behaviour and diet, the functions of prehistoric pottery, trade in the ancient world, and technological innovation and transfer.

His results have had profound influence on our understanding of life in prehistoric times. Well-known examples of his work include the earliest evidence for dairying in Europe, the contents of amphorae from the Uluburun shipwreck in Turkey, and the uses of pottery at late Mesolithic–early Neolithic sites in the southwest Baltic region, where it was demonstrated that fish remained an important food resource long after the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition. The techniques developed and refined through these projects are now being applied to ceramics from across Eurasia. More recently, Professor Heron has led research on the use of exotic resins in late-Roman burials. 

Professor Heron’s international reputation is evidenced by his active roles with leading academic journals, and his service as an external PhD examiner in several countries and as a reviewer of grant applications for various national research councils. He has been a keynote speaker, session chair or invited lecturer at many international conferences and universities. Professor Heron has an outstanding record as a research leader, not only for winning grants from peak funding bodies to support research projects and infrastructure, but also for supervising and mentoring students and young researchers, many of whom have gone on to develop their own research careers, both in Bradford and at leading universities and institutions in England.


The Johanna Mestorf Academy (JMA), founded in December 2011, is an institutionalized partnership between the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel’s Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology and Graduate School 'Human Development in Landscapes' and the 'Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology' of Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig.

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