Dr Petra Vaiglova

DPhil (PhD) and MSc in Archaeological Science, University of Oxford; BA (Hons) in Anthropology, University of British Columbia
Lecturer in Archaeological Science, School of Archaeology and Anthropology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeological Science 430101
  • Archaeology Of Europe, The Mediterranean And The Levant 430104
  • Geochemistry 3703

Research interests

Biomolecular archaeology; Multi-proxy isotope analyses; Mediterranean and Near Eastern prehistory; Ancient agropastoralism; Landscape use and human–environment interactions



Petra Vaiglova specializes on the application of biomolecular techniques for understanding how ancient humans interacted with their environments within both utilitarian and ritual spheres of interaction. She has collaborated on archaeological projects in Greece, Turkey, Israel/Palestine, Morocco, Syria, Iraq, and China. During her doctorate studies, Petra was a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford and a Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. She subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Haifa, the University of Connecticut, Washington University in St Louis, and Griffith University. Petra enjoys sharing her passion for archaeology and science with the wider public, and gave an invited TEDx talk ‘An archaeologist’s view: how connectivity drove our human past’ for an event in Prague, Czech Republic.


Researcher's projects


2022 New Researcher Grant, Griffith Arts, Education, and Law Group • $20,000 (AUD)
Chief Investigator on project "A new method for understanding how human–animal interactions impacted past environments."

2022 Early Career Researcher Grant Development Award, Griffith Centre for Cultural and Social Research (GCSCR) & Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) • $6,000 (AUD)
Chief Investigator on project: "New high-resolution technique for investigating human–wild boar interactions."

2022 Early Career Research Support Award, Society for Archaeological Science • $500 (USD)
Chief Investigator on project: "New high-resolution technique for investigating human–wild boar interactions."

2017 Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Haifa • ILS 80,000
Research fellowship for project: "Using stable isotopes to reconstruct the environment in the Negev Desert during the Byzantine times."

2015 Malcolm H. Wiener Predoctoral Research Fellowship for Archaeological Science, American School of Classical Studies at Athens • $40,000 (USD)
Research fellowship for project: "Understanding Aegean Neolithic Farming using Multiple Isotopes."

2012 Clarendon Fund, Oxford University Press • £68,300 (GBP)
Research studentship for project: "Neolithic agricultural management in the Eastern Mediterranean: new insight from a multi-isotope approach."

2014 Steering Committee Studentship Grant, Natural Environmental Research Council, British Geological Survey • £8,280 (GBP)
Co-Investigator (with Prof Amy Bogaard and Prof Julia Lee-Thorp) on project: "A multi-isotope approach to animal management and mobility at Neolithic Makriyalos and Koufovouno, Greece."



Türkiye 'Spatial Analysis of State Agropastoral Economies'; funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation; with John Marston, Boston University; David Meiggs, Rochester Institute of Technology; Ethan Baxter, Boston College, USA.

Iran – ‘Asiab archaeological project’, Early Neolithic (with Pernille Bangsgaard, Center for GeoGenetics, Denmark; Lisa Yemonas and Tobias Richter, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Hojjat Darabi, Razi University, Iran)

Greece ‘Classical Cities and Agricultural Production’; funded by the Institute of Aegean Prehistory; with Evi Margaritis, Cyprus Institute of Science, Cyprus.


China – 'Origins and spread of broomcorn and foxtail millet cultivation'; funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation; with Xinyi Liu, Michael Franchetti and Alexander Bradley, Washington University in St Louis, USA.

Israel/Palestine – 'NEGEVBYZ: Crisis on the margins of the Byzantine Empire'; funded by the European Research Council (PI Guy Bar-Oz).

Central Europe/Aegean/Southwestern Asia – 'AGRICURB: The Agricultural Origins of Urban Civilization'; funded by the European Research Council (PI Amy Bogaard).


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