Antonela Barbir, doctoral candidate
She graduated Archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb in 2015, earning a master's degree in prehistoric archaeology and for which she received an Award for excellence in the graduate study of Archaeology (2016). From 2016 to 2018 she worked as a conservator/archaeologist at Croatian Conservation Institute. She won a scholarship for excellence for the Postgraduate Doctoral Study of Archaeology that she enrolled in 2017.
She started working at the Institute of Archaeology in 2018, where she is involved in the project „Iron Age Female Identities in the Southern Carpathian Basin“ (FEMINE) (project leader: dr. M. Dizdar) in which she deals with the role of animal remains in female burials. In her doctoral research „Hunter gatherers' diet across the Pleistocene – Holocene transition on the eastern Adriatic coast –
mammal and mollusc assemblages from Vlakno cave (Dugi otok)” she focuses on a better understanding of human adaptation on palaeoenvironmental changes and subsistence strategies. She participated in numerous archaeological excavations of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites in Istria and Dalmatia.
In her scientific work, she deals with the human-animal relationship, adaptations of human populations to the paleoenvironmental changes, and subsistence strategies using archaeozoological, archaeomalacological, and archaeobotanical methods.