Team Members

Tom Higham

Professor and Principal Investigator

Tom Higham is Professor of Scientific Archaeology at the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna. He was, until August 2021, the Director of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit at the University of Oxford, and was based at the university for 20 years. Prior to this he was Deputy Director of the Waikato Radiocarbon Laboratory at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. His interests are in radiocarbon pretreatment chemistry, archaeological chronology building, the Palaeolithic and Bayesian chronometric modelling. He is the author of the book “The World Before Us: How Science is Revealing a New Story of our Human Origins” (Penguin)

Katerina Douka

Associate Professor

Katerina specialises in radiocarbon dating, in particular the development of new protocols for decontaminating archaeological material, as well as the statistical interpretation of AMS results using Bayesian modelling.
She is also interested in the application of biomolecular tools, such as collagen peptide fingerprinting (also known as ZooMS), to better understand the archaeological record. She is the Principal Investigator of the FINDER project, and ERC starter grant project that is using ZooMS to identify new hominin remains in prehistoric sites.

Dr Laura van der Sluis

Senior Scientist

Laura is a graduate of Queen’s University of Belfast (PhD) and the University of Amsterdam (BA in Arch. and Anth.). She was a post-doctoral scientist on the PalaeoCet project at the Musee d’Naturelle Histoire in Paris prior to coming to the University of Vienna.

Maddalena Giannì

Lab Technician

Maddalena joined the Higham lab in November 2022, taking care of pretreatment chemistry of samples for radiocarbon dating.

Viktoria Neuhold-Erben

Project Administrator

Viktoria joined the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology in September 2021. She takes care of all personnel, financial and general matters for the Higham lab. 

Past Team Members

Dr Emese Vegh

Post-Doctoral Lab Technician

Emese finished her DPhil in Archeological Science at the University of Oxford in 2022 before she joined us in Vienna. Emese’s expertise is in bone diagenesis and taphonomy, bone histology and broader archaeological science. She is now part of the Douka lab.