The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) Team Leaders

Andreas G. HEISS

Archaeobotanist with a degree in biology (focus archaeobotany) from the University of Innsbruck. Since 2001, participation in numerous national and international research projects predominantly in central Europe and in the Mediterranean, with research foci on food, agricultural, and mining history. Lecturer at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), at the University of Vienna, and at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. 2012 recipient of the BOKU Teaching Award. 2015 founding member of the Bioarchaeological Society of Austria (BAG). Since 2016 member of OeAW-OeAI and head of the archaeobotany laboratory, since 2021 head of the research group “Environment and Human Impact in Historical Societies”.

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Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology (IUHA) Members


I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Archaeology on the 'Migration and the Making of the Ancient Greek World' (MIGMAG) project at the Institute for Classical Archaeology, University of Vienna. My research uses archaeobotany and stable isotope analysis to understand the roles of farming in societal change in the prehistoric Mediterranean. For MIGMAG, I am investigating changes in land use and agricultural production strategies that may have accompanied mobility, demographic change and urbanisation in the Iron Age Mediterranean. I recently completed a DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford, where I analysed archaeobotanical assemblages from Chalcolithic and Bronze Age western Anatolia.

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