Magda Kapcia

Research Assistant

Palaeobotany and Palaeoenvironment Group
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Lubicz 46, 31‑512 Kraków, Poland


Research interests

  • Archaeobotany, especially the history of edible and useful plants, weeds and invasive plants.
  • Reconstruction of plant communities from archaeological sites.
  • Anthropogenic transformation of paleoenvironment.
  • Paleodiet.

Higher education and employment history

  • Contract worker or consultant in many archaeological excavations in Poland and abroad (2002–2013).
  • MSc degree (archaeology) at the Jagiellonian University (2006).
  • BSc degree (dietetics) at the Cracow School of Health Promotion (2021).
  • Research assistant at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences (since 2022).

International experience

  • Slovakia, Hungary, Scotland, England and Ireland (2002–2010) – participation in archaeological excavation campaigns.
  • Italy (2002–2003) – 1-month course in archaeology and art history; Sapienza University of Rome, Rome.
  • France (2016) – 2-day training (archaeobotanical workshop); National Museum of Natural History, Paris.
  • United Kingdom (2016) – 1-week training (archaeobotanical workshop); University of Reading, Reading.

Research projects

  • Agriculture and palaeodietary development in Neolithic and Bronze Ages on the basis of stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values in biological remains (2014–2018); grant no. 2013/10/M/HS3/00537; National Science Centre (NCN) – contractor.
  • Archaeological, archaeobotanical and palaeoenvironmental investigations in the western part of the Nida Basin (2014–2018); grant no. 2013/11/B/HS3/03822; National Science Centre (NCN) – contractor.
  • Searching for a suitable place to settle down: the plant economy and human-environment interactions at the beginning of the Neolithic period in Małopolska (2019–2023); grant no. 2018/30/E/HS3/00867; National Science Centre (NCN) – contractor.

Recent publications (selected)

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