Dr. Samantha Brown

Junior Group Leader for Archaeo- and Palaeoproteomics

S566 Hölderlinstraße 12, 72074 Tübingen, Germany
+49 (0)7071 29-76586
samantha.brown@ uni-tuebingen.de

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Areas of Research
  • Palaeoproteomics
  • Pleistocene archaeology
  • Hominin dispersal in Europe and Northern Asia
  • Hominin interaction throughout the Pleistocene
Palaeoproteomics Working Group


2017-2020 PhD in Palaeoproteomics and Human Evolution, University of Tubingen, Institute for Archaeological Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
2014-2015 MSc Archaeological Science, University of Oxford, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
2013 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, Department of Ancient World Studies
2007-2010 Bachelor of Archaeology, La Trobe University, Department of Archaeology


  • Oras, E., Tõrv, M., Johanson, K., Rannamäe, E., Poska, A., Lõugas, L., Lucquin, A., Lundy, J., Brown, S., Chen, S., Varul, L., Haferberga, V., Legzdiņa, D., Zariņa, G., Cramp, L., Heyd, V., Reay, M., Pospieszny, Ł., Robson, H.K., Nordqvist, K., Heron, C., Craig, O.E., Kriiska, A., 2023. Parallel worlds and mixed economies: multi-proxy analysis reveals complex subsistence systems at the dawn of early farming in the northeast Baltic. R Soc Open Sci 10, 230880.
  • Brown, S., Massilani, D., Kozlikin, M.B., Shunkov, M.V., Derevianko, A.P., Stoessel, A., Jope-Street, B., Meyer, M., Kelso, J., Pääbo, S., Higham, T., Douka, K., 2022. The earliest Denisovans and their cultural adaptation. Nat Ecol Evol. doi:10.1038/s41559-021-01581-2.
  • Shaw, B., Hawkins, S., Becerra-Valdivia, L., Turney, C.S.M., Coxe, S., Kewibu, V., Haro, J., Miamba, K., Leclerc, M., Spriggs, M., Privat, K., Haberle, S., Hopf, F., Hull, E., Pengilley, A., Brown, S., Marjo, C.E., Jacobsen, G., 2022. Brooker and Panaeati Island communities, Papua New Guinea. Frontier Lapita interaction with resident Papuan populations set the stage for initial peopling of the Pacific. Nat Ecol Evol 6, 802–812.
  • Brown, S., Wang, N., Oertle, A., Kozlikin, M.B., Shunkov, M.V., Derevianko, A.P., Comeskey, D., Jope-Street, B., Harvey, V.L., Chowdhury, M.P., Buckley, M., Higham, T., Douka, K., 2021. Zooarchaeology through the lens of collagen fingerprinting at Denisova Cave. Sci. Rep. 11, 15457.
  • Brown, S., Kozlikin, M., Shunkov, M., Derevianko, A., Higham, T., Douka, K., Richter, K.K., 2021. Examining collagen preservation through glutamine deamidation at Denisova Cave. J. Archaeol. Sci. 133, 105454.
  • Brown., S., Douka, K., Collins, M., Richter, K. On the standardization of ZooMS nomenclature. Journal of Proteomics.
  • Janzen, A., Richter, K.K., Mwebi, O., Brown, S., Onduso, V., Gatwiri, F., Ndiema, E., Katongo, M., Goldstein, S.T., Douka, K., Boivin, N., 2021. Distinguishing African bovids using Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS): New peptide markers and insights into Iron Age economies in Zambia. PLoS One 16, e0251061.
  • Culley, C., Janzen, A., Brown, S., Prendergast, M.E., Shipton, C., Ndiema, E., Petraglia, M.D., Boivin, N., Crowther, A., 2021. Iron Age hunting and herding in coastal eastern Africa: ZooMS identification of domesticates and wild bovids at Panga ya Saidi, Kenya. J. Archaeol. Sci. 130, 105368.
  • Culley, C., Janzen, A., Brown, S., Prendergast, M.E., Wolfhagen, J., Abderemane, B., Ali, A.K., Haji, O., Horton, M.C., Shipton, C., Swift, J., Tabibou, T.A., Wright, H.T., Boivin, N., Crowther, A., 2021. Collagen fingerprinting traces the introduction of caprines to island Eastern Africa. R Soc Open Sci 8, 202341.
  • Swift, J.A., Kirch, P.V., Ilgner, J., Brown, S., Lucas, M., Marzo, S., Roberts, P., 2021. Stable isotopic evidence for nutrient rejuvenation and long-term resilience on Tikopia island (Southeast Solomon Islands). Sustain. Sci. Pract. Policy 13, 8567.
  • Wordsworth, P.D., Haruda, A.F., Miller, A.V., Brown, S., 2021. The earliest water buffalo in the Caucasus: shifting animals and people in the medieval Islamic world. Antiquity 1–17.
  • Bleasdale, M., Richter, K., Janzen, A., Brown, S., Scott, A., Zech, J., Wilkin, S., Wang, K., Schiffels, S., Desideri, J., Besse, M., Reinold, J., Saad, M., Babiker, H., Power, R., Ndiema, M., Ogola, C., Manthi, F., Zahir, M., Petraglia, M., Trachsel, C., Nanni, P., Grossmann, J., Hendy, J., Crowther, A., Roberts, P., Goldstein, S., Boivin, N. Direct evidence for ancient milk consumption in eastern Africa. PNAS.
  • Reade, H., Grimm, S., Tripp, J., Neruda, P., Nerudová, Z., Roblíčková, M., Sayle, K., Kearney R., Brown, S., Douka, K., Higham, T., Stevens, R. Magdalenian and Epimagdalenian chronology and palaeoenvironments at Kůlna Cave, Moravia, Czech Republic. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.
  • Wang, N., Brown, S., Richter, K., Ditchfield, P., Hebestreit, S., Kozlikin, M., Luu, S., Wedage, O., Grimaldi, S., Chazan, M., Horwitz Kolska, L., Spriggs, M., Summerhayes, G., Shunkov, M., Douka, K. Testing the efficacy and comparability of ZooMS protocols on archaeological bone. Journal of Proteomics.
  • Fedorchenko, A.Y., Taylor, W.T.T., Sayfulloev, N.N., Brown, S., Rendu, W., Krivoshapkin, A.I., Douka, K., Shnaider, S.V. Early occupation of high asia: New insights from the ornaments of the Oshhona site in the Pamir mountains. Quaternary International.
  • Taylor, W.T.T., Clark, J., Bayarsaikhan, J., Tuvshinjargal, T., Jobe, J.T., Fitzhugh, W., Kortum, R., Spengler, R.N., 3rd, Shnaider, S., Seersholm, F.V., Hart, I., Case, N., Wilkin, S., Hendy, J., Thuering, U., Miller, B., Miller, A.R.V., Picin, A., Vanwezer, N., Irmer, F., Brown, S., Abdykanova, A., Shultz, D.R., Pham, V., Bunce, M., Douka, K., Jones, E.L., Boivin, N., Early Pastoral Economies and Herding Transitions in Eastern Eurasia. Scientific Reports. 10, 1001.
  • Douka, K., Brown, S., Higham, T., Pääbo, S., Derevianko, A., Shunkov, M. FINDER project: collagen fingerprinting (ZooMS) for the identification of new human fossils. Antiquity 93.3.
  • Douka, K., Slon, V., Jacobs, Z., Ramsey, C.B., Shunkov, M.V., Derevianko, A.P., Mafessoni, F., Kozlikin, M.B., Li, B., Grün, R., Comeskey, D., Devièse, T., Brown, S., Viola, B., Kinsley, L., Buckley, M., Meyer, M., Roberts, R.G., Pääbo, S., Kelso, J., Higham, T. Age estimates for hominin fossils and the onset of the Upper Palaeolithic at Denisova Cave. Nature 565, 640–644.
  • Slon, V., Mafessoni, F., Vernot, B., de Filippo, C., Grote, S., Viola, B., Hajdinjak, M., Peyrégne, S., Nagel, S., Brown, S., Douka, K., Higham, T., Kozlikin, M.B., Shunkov, M.V., Derevianko, A.P., Kelso, J., Meyer, M., Prüfer, K., Pääbo, S., The genome of the offspring of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father. Nature 561, 113–116.
  • Brown, S., Higham, T., Slon, V., Pääbo, S., Meyer, M., Douka, K., Brock, F., Comeskey, D., Procopio, N., Shunkov, M., Derevianko, A., Buckley, M. Identification of a new hominin bone from Denisova Cave, Siberia using collagen fingerprinting and mitochondrial DNA analysis. Scientific Reports. 6, 23559.