Paläoanthropologie

Dr. Sireen El Zaatari

Dr. Sireen El Zaatari

Address:
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Abt. Paläoanthropologie
Rümelinstr. 23
D-72070 Tübingen

Office: Room 514, Hauptbäude, 2. OG
Tel.: +49-(0)7071-29-76554
Fax: +49-(0)7071-29-5717
E-Mail: sireen.el-zaatari[at]uni-tuebingen.de

Consulting hours:
by arrangement


Sireen El Zaatari is a Junior Research Group Leader at the Department of Paleoanthopology. Her research focuses on the application of dental microwear texture analysis for the dietary reconstruction of extant and extinct primates, including hominins. Her main interest is directed towards the dietary reconstruction of Paleolithic hominins for the better understanding of the effects of climatic change and variability on their subsistence patterns. She has conducted microwear analyses on hundreds of recent humans and fossil hominins dental remains from all around the world. Aside from dietary reconstruction, she is also interested in human osteology and bioarchaeology and has participated in several archaeological excavations in the Middle East and in the analysis of human burials, mostly from the Bronze Age.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2007 Ph. D. in Physical Anthropology, Stony Brook University (SUNY)
2002 M.A., Physical Anthropology, Stony Brook University (SUNY)
1998 B.A., Archaeology, American University of Beirut

Academic Positions

2013- Junior Research Group Leader, Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
2012- Associated Scientist, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
2012- 2013 Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship (The Wenner-Gren Foundation)
2012 Research Fellow, Wiener Laboratory, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
2011 Lecturer, Department of History and Archaeology, American University of Beirut
2009- 2010 J. Lawrence Angel Fellowship in Human Skeletal Studies, Wiener Laboratory, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
2007- 2009 Post-doctoral fellowship, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Fieldwork Experience

2008, 2010 Tell Fadous-Kfarabida, Lebanon. Directors: Hermann Genz and Helen Sader, American University of Beirut
2007 Excavation of a medieval burial site in Giecz, Poland. Director: Marek Polcyn, Slavia Foundation
1998 Tyre and its hinterland archaeological survey, Tyre, Lebanon. Director: Kevin Butcher, American University of Beirut.
1997 Rescue excavations of the Iron Age Phoenician fortifications in Beirut Central District (BEY 020), Beirut, Lebanon. Directors: Uwe Finkbeiner, Tübingen University and Helen Sader, American University of Beirut.

Scholarships and Grants

2012- 2013 The Wenner Gren Foundation Hunt Post-doctoral Fellowship
2000- 2007 Stony Brook University, Full Tuition Scholarship
2005 The National Science Foundation, Dissertation Improvement Grant
2005 The Leakey Foundation Grant for Anthropological Research
2005 The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, The Ruggles-Gates Fund for Biological Research
2003 Research Award, Department of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University

Referee for Funding Organizations/ Journals

The L.S.B. Leakey Foundation
The National Science Foundation (USA)
Journal of Human Evolution
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Naturwissenschaften

Publications

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Sireen El Zaatari (in press). The Diets of the Ipiutak and Tigara (Point Hope, Alaska): evidence from occlusal molar microwear texture analysis. In: The Foragers of Point Hope: the biology and archaeology of humans on the edge of the Alaskan arctic. B. Auerbach, L. Cowgill, and C. Hilton, eds. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.


Sireen El Zaatari, Katarina Harvati, and Eleni Panagopoulou (2013). Occlusal molar microwear texture analysis: the method and its application for the dietary reconstruction of the Lakonis Neandertal. In Subsistence, Economy and Society in the Greek World S. Voutsaki and S-M. Valamoti, eds. Louvain, Peeters Publishers, p.55-63.


Frederick E. Grine, Peter S. Ungar, Mark F. Teaford, and Sireen El-Zaatari (2013). Molar microwear evidence for diet in a purported hominin species lineage from the Pliocene of East Africa. In: The Paleobiology of Australopithecus. K. Reed, J. Fleagle, and R. Leakey, eds. New York, Springer-Verlag, p.231-223.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Katerina Harvati, Andreas Darlas, Shara E. Bailey, Thomas R. Rein, Sireen El Zaatari, Luca Fiorenza, Ottmar Kullmer, Eleni Psathi (2013). New Neanderthal remains from Mani peninsula, S. Greece: The Kalamakia Middle Palaeolithic cave site. Journal of Human Evolution 64:486-499.


Sireen El Zaatari, Frederick E. Grine, Peter S. Ungar, and Jean-Jacques Hublin (2011). Ecogeographic variation in Neandertal dietary habits: evidence from occlusal microwear texture analysis. Journal of Human Evolution 61: 411-424.


Hermann Genz, Riva Daniel, Alison Damick, Alexander Ahrens, Sireen El-Zaatari, Felix
Höflmayer, Walter Kutschera and Eva M. Wild (2010). Excavations at Tell Fadous-Kfarabida: Preliminary Report on the 2010 Season of Excavations. BAAL 14, 241-274.


Hermann Genz, Sireen El Zaatari, Canan Çakırlar, Kamal Badreshany, and Simone Riehl (2010). A Middle Bronze Age Burial from Tell Fadous-Kfarabida, Lebanon. Ägypten und Levante 20, 183-205.


Michel Toussaint, Anthony J. Olejniczak, Sireen El Zaatari, Pierre Cattelain, and Stéphane Pirson (2010). The Neandertal lower right deciduous second molar from the “Trou de l'Abîme” at Couvin, Belgium. Journal of Human Evolution 58: 56-67.


Sireen El Zaatari (2010). Occlusal microwear texture analysis and the diets of historic/prehistoric hunter-gatherers. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 20: 67-87.


Stéphane Pirson, Pierre Cattelain, Sireen El Zaatari, Damien Flas, Claire Letourneux, Rebecca Miller, Anthony J. Olejniczak, Marcel Otte, and Michel Toussaint (2009). Le «Trou de l'Abîme» à Couvin : bilan des nouvelles recherches de laboratoire avant la reprise de nouvelles fouilles en septembre 2009. Notae Praehistoricae 29: 59-75.


Sireen El Zaatari (2008). Occlusal molar microwear and the diets of the Ipiutak and Tigara populations (Point Hope) with comparisons to the Aleut and Arikara. Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 2517-2522.


Frederick E. Grine, Peter S. Ungar, Mark F. Teaford, and Sireen El-Zaatari (2006). Molar microwear in Praeanthropus afarensis: Evidence for dietary stasis through time and under diverse paleoecological conditions. Journal of Human Evolution 51:297-319


Peter S, Ungar, Frederick E, Grine, Mark F, Teaford, and Sireen El-Zaatari (2006). Dental microwear and diets of African early Homo. Journal of Human Evolution. 50:78-95


Sireen El Zaatari, Frederick E. Grine, Mark F. Teaford, and Heather F. Smith (2005). Molar microwear and dietary reconstructions for fossil Cercopithecoidea from the Plio-Pleistocene deposits of South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution 49:180-205.

Published Abstracts

Sireen El Zaatari and Jean-Jacques Hublin (2010): Behavioral differences between Neandertals and Upper Paleolithic modern humans: dietary evidence through occlusal dental microwear texture analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 50, 100


Sireen El Zaatari and Jean-Jacques Hublin (2009): Occlusal molar microwear texture analysis of Middle and Upper Paleolithic juveniles. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 48, 123


Sireen El Zaatari (2008): Occlusal microwear texture analysis and the diets of historic/prehistoric hunter-gatherers. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 46, 94.


Sireen El Zaatari (2007): Ecogeographic variation in Neandertal dietary habits: evidence from microwear texture analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 44, 105.


Sireen El Zaatari (2006): Dietary habits of the Ipiutak and Tigara populations from Point Hope: an occlusal molar microwear analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 42, 86-87.

Conference Presentations / Invited talks

Sireen El Zaatari (2013). Behavioral Differences between Neandertals and Modern Humans. University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.


Sireen El Zaatari (2012). The Middle East Crisis in the Pleistocene. Musée de Préhistoire Libanaise, Université Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon.


Sireen El Zaatari (2010). Behavioral differences between Levantine and European Neandertals? Evidence from dietary reconstructions using occlusal molar microwear texture analysis. International Congress on Archaeological Sciences in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East, Paphos, Cyprus.


Sireen El Zaatari and Jean-Jacques Hublin (2010). Behavioral differences between Neandertals and Upper Paleolithic modern humans: dietary evidence through occlusal dental microwear texture analysis. Annual Meeting American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.


Sireen El Zaatari, Katerina Harvati, and Jean-Jacques Hublin (2010). Microwear texture analysis: the method and its application to Greek pre-historic humans. Subsistence, Economy and Society in the Greek World: Improving the Integration of Archaeology and Science, Athens, Greece


Vicky Elefanti, Tatiana Theodoropoulou, and Sireen El Zaatari (2010). Reconstructing daily life in the past. American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Athens, Greece.


Sireen El Zaatari (2009). Ecogeographic variation in Neandertal dietary habits: evidence from microwear texture analysis. Fitch Laboratory, British School at Athens, Athens, Greece


Sireen El Zaatari and Jean-Jacques Hublin (2009). Occlusal molar microwear texture analysis of Middle and Upper Paleolithic juveniles. Annual Meeting American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Stéphane Pirson, Pierre Cattelain, Sireen El Zaatari, Damien Flas, Claire
Letourneux, Rebecca Miller, Marcel Otte and Michel Toussaint (2009). Le Trou de l'Abîme à Couvin : bilan des recherches de laboratoire avant la reprise de nouvelles fouilles en septembre 2009. Journée de Préhistoire, Beez (Namur), Belgium


Sireen El Zaatari (2008). Occlusal microwear texture analysis and the diets of historic/prehistoric hunter-gatherers. Annual Meeting American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Colombus, Ohio, USA


Sireen El Zaatari (2007). Ecogeographic variation in Neandertal dietary habits: evidence from microwear texture analysis. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany


Sireen El Zaatari (2007). Ecogeographic variation in Neandertal dietary habits: evidence from microwear texture analysis. Annual Meeting American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


Sireen El Zaatari (2006). Dietary habits of the Ipiutak and Tigara populations from Point Hope: an occlusal molar microwear analysis. Annual Meeting American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Anchorage, Alaska/USA.


Sireen El Zaatari (2005). Reconstruction of past human diets and molar microwear analysis. McGregor Museum, Kimberley, South Africa.


Frederick E. Grine, Peter S. Ungar, Mark F. Teaford, and Sireen El-Zaatari (2004). Pliocene Paleoecological Reconstructions and Molar Microwear in Praeanthropus afarensis. Early Hominin Paleoecology Workshop, Boulder Colorado, USA.