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Anna Spyrou

Anna Spyrou

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Research Affiliate a.spyrou@cyi.ac.cy +357 22 208 700

Dr Spyrou has received a Bachelor Degree in Archaeology and History of Art from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She continued her studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL) with MSc studies in Environmental Archaeology.

Dr Spyrou's interest in ancient food processing technologies and animal bones has led her to do a PhD in Archaeozoology at UCL. In 2010 she joined  the Epipalaeolithic Foragers in the Azraq Basin Project  (EFAP), a multi-disciplinary research project focusing on developing a detailed understanding of hunter-gatherers’ behaviour in the Azraq Basin (Jordan), and placing this within the broader context of cultural transformation in southwest Asia at the end of the Pleistocene. Her thesis explored a fundamental element of human development ‐food processing and preservation for later consumption‐ and investigated why such practices should be considered from a less overtly evolutionary perspective.  Her research involved both fieldwork in the Azraq Basin of Eastern Jordan as well as laboratory analysis, experimental work and ethnographic research.

In 2010, Dr Spyrou received a Junior Visiting Research Fellowship by the Council of British Research in the Levant (CBRL), which allowed her to spend several months in Jordan, studying the unidentified bones from Kharaneh IV.

As a Cypriot Archaeozoologist she is particularly interested in foodways and cooking practices in prehistoric Cyprus, especially during the Bronze Age, a topic on which she is currently researching.

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