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)

Moskal-del Hoyo M., Korczyńska-Cappenberg M., Kenig R., Rauba-Bukowska A., Roffet-Salque M., Maule C.A., Werra D.H., Hughes R.E., Kapcia M., Wilczyński J., Czekaj-Zastawny A., Głód A., Nowak M. 2024. An Early Neolithic house in the Foothills: A case study of pottery and lithic artefacts from the Biskupice site 18 (Wieliczka Foothills, southern Poland). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 53: 104346. DOI

Filipović D., Jones G., Kirleis W., Bogaard A., Ballantyne R., Charles M., de Vareilles A., Ergun M., Gkatzogia E., Holguin A., Hristova I., Karathanou A., Kapcia M., Knežić D., Kotzamani G., Lathiras P., Livarda A., Marinova E., Michou S., Mosulishvili M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Obradović D., Padgett M., Paraskevopoulou P., Petridou C., Stylianakou H., Zerl T., Vidas D., Valamoti S.M. 2023. Triticum timopheevii s.l. (‘new glume wheat’) finds in regions of southern and eastern Europe across space and time. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany in press. DOI

Korczyńska-Cappenberg M., Nowak M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Wilczyński J., Pospuła S., Wertz K., Kalicki T., Biesaga P., Szwarczewski P., Kapcia M., Cappenberg K., Wacnik A., Moskal-del Hoyo M. 2023. Middle Neolithic agricultural and land-use models in southern Poland: A case-study of the long-term settlement in Mozgawa. The Holocene 33: 619–635. DOI

Moskal-del Hoyo M., Kapcia M., Aurélie A., Alexandrowicz W.P., Saile T., Kiosak D., Dębiec M. 2023. Archaeobotanical and palaeoenvironmental analyses from the easternmost Early Neolithic sites at Kamyane-Zavallia (Ukraine) and Nicolaevca V (Moldova). Vegetation History and Archaeobotany in press. DOI

Mueller-Bieniek A., Moskal-del Hoyo M., Korczyńska-Cappenberg M., Kapcia M., Nowak M. 2023. Plant macro-remains from a large middle Neolithic settlement in SE Poland – Internal diversification and possible status of the settlers. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 49: 104016. DOI

Filipović D., Meadows J., Corso M.D., Kirleis W., Alsleben A., Akeret Ö., Bittmann F., Bosi, G., Ciută B., Dreslerová D., Effenberger H., Gyulai F., Heiss A.G., Hellmund M., Jahns S., Jakobitsch T., Kapcia M., Klooß S., Kohler-Schneider M., Kroll H., Makarowicz P., Marinova E., Märkle T., Medović A., Mercuri A.M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Nisbet R., Pashkevich G., Perego R., Pokorný P., Pospieszny Ł., Przybyła M., Reed K., Rennwanz J., Stika H.-P., Stobbe A., Tolar T., Wasylikowa K., Wiethold J., Zerl, T. 2020. New AMS 14 C dates track the arrival and spread of broomcorn millet cultivation and agricultural change in prehistoric Europe. Scientific Reports 10: 13698. DOI

Mueller-Bieniek A., Pyzel J., Kapcia M. 2020. Chenopodium seeds in open-air archaeological sites – How to not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Environmental Archaeology 25: 69–81. DOI

Kapcia M., Mueller-Bieniek A. 2019. An insight into Bronze Age subsistence strategy in forested Carpathian foothills, based on plant macro-remains. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11: 2879–2895. DOI

Mueller-Bieniek A., Bogucki P., Pyzel J., Kapcia M., Moskal-del Hoyo M., Nalepka D. 2019. The role of Chenopodium in the subsistence economy of pioneer agriculturalists on the northern frontier of the Linear Pottery culture in Kuyavia, central Poland. Journal of Archaeological Science 111: 105027. DOI

Nowak M., Wilczyński J., Wróbel J., Kapcia M., Moskal-del Hoyo M. 2019. The Baden Culture finds from Goszcza site 1 (Kielnik): new archaeological, anthropological, archaeozoological and archaeobotanical data. Folia Quaternaria 87: 27–58. DOI

Wilczyński J., Nowak M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Kapcia M., Moskal-del Hoyo M. 2019. Unexpected discovery of the Funnel Beaker culture feature at the Kraków Spadzista (Kraków-Zwierzyniec 4) site. Folia Quaternaria 87: 5–26. DOI

Moskal-del Hoyo M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Alexandrowicz W.P., Wilczyński J., Wędzicha S., Kapcia M., Przybyła M.M. 2017. The continuous persistence of open oak forests in the Miechów Upland (Poland) in the second half of the Holocene. Quaternary International 458: 14–27. DOI