Dr Aldona Mueller-Bieniek

Associate Professor

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

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Research interests

  • Archaeobotany; History of cultivated and useful plants; Weeds and invasive plants.
  • Environmental archaeology; Environmental history; Palaeoecology; Human-environmental interactions in prehistory; Anthropogenic changes in landscape.
  • Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes in palaeodietary and environmental studies.

Higher education and employment history

  • MSc degree at the Jagiellonian University (1994).
  • Voluntary worker at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (1994–1996).
  • Research assistant at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (1996–2003).
  • PhD degree at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2003).
  • Assistant professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2004–2017).
  • Habilitation at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2013).
  • Associate professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2017).

Membership and awards

  • Member of the Commission on Quaternary Palaeogeography, Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005).
  • Member of the Association for Environmental Archaeology (2005–2009, 2014).
  • Secretary of the Commission on Quaternary Palaeogeography, Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012).
  • Member of the Interdisciplinary Advisory Board of the "Regional Initiative of Excellence" projects, Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2018).
  • Silver Cross of Merit (2019).
  • Member of the Topics Board of Land journal (2020).
  • Member of the Committee of the Association for Environmental Archaeology (2020–2024).

International experience

  • Egypt (1998, 1999) – 8-week archaeological excavations at the Nabta Playa site; Combined Prehistoric Expedition: Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Polish Academy of Sciences and Egyptian Antiquity Organization.
  • Slovakia (1999) – 1-week training (archaeobotanical workshop); Institute of Archeology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Nitra.
  • The Netherlands (1999) – 1-week training (archaeobotanical workshop); Institute of Prehistory, Leiden University.
  • Germany (2002) – 1-week training (archaeobotanical workshop); Kommission für Archäologische Landesforschung in Hessen, Wiesbaden.
  • Georgia (2003) – 2-week training (palaeobotanical workshop); Institute of Palaeobiology and Institute of Archaeology, Georgian Academy of Sciences, Tbilisi.
  • Greece (2005) – 2-week archaeological excavations at the Maroulas site (Kythnos); Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and University of the Aegean, Rodos.
  • Georgia (2005) – 2-week archaeological excavations at the Atskuri site; Archaeological Association "TAO".
  • United Kingdom (2014) – 2-week training in stable isotope analyses; Institute of Archeology, Oxford University.
  • Egypt (2017) – 1-week archaeological excavations at the Tell el Murra site; Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University.
  • United Kingdom (2017–2018) – 3-month academic training; Institute of Archaeology, UCL.
  • Georgia (2019) – 2-week research stay at the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi as a consultant in Professor Eliso Kvavadze's research project.

Research projects (selected)

  • Cultivated plants, synanthropic communities and ecological conditions of farming in Kujawy in the early Neolithic (1998–1999); grant no. 6PO4F 041 15; State Committee for Scientific Research in Poland (KBN) – project leader.
  • Plant husbandry of the settlers of the Danubian cultures in Poland on the basis of plant macroremains from archaeological sites in Kujawy (2000–2003); grant no. 6PO4F 026 18; State Committee for Scientific Research in Poland (KBN); PhD project – main contractor.
  • Plants in the daily lives of the people of medieval Kraków (2005–2010); grant no. 2PO4F 035 28; State Committee for Scientific Research in Poland (KBN)/Ministry of Science and Higher Education – project leader.
  • 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) – project leader.
  • Fields and forests – dynamic of the landscape changes in temperature Europe during the Neolithic (2017-2018); grant no. UMO-2017/24/U/HS3/00505; National Science Centre (NCN) – project leader.

Recent publications (selected)

Kontny B., Szeliga M., Wojenka M., Kosiński T., Mueller-Bieniek A., Kot M. 2021. A unique clay rattle from Koziarnia Cave in southern Poland. Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt 51: 91–110.

Czajkowska B.I., Bogaard A., Charles M., Jones G., Kohler-Schneider M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Brown T.A. 2020. Ancient DNA typing indicates that the "new" glume wheat of early Eurasian agriculture is a cultivated member of the Triticum timopheevii group. Journal of Archaeological Science 123: 105258. 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

Mnich B., Mueller-Bieniek A., Nowak M., Wilczyński J., Pospuła S., Szostek K. 2020. Terrestrial diet in prehistoric human groups from southern Poland based on human, faunal and botanical stable isotope evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 32: 102382. 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

Paszko B., Nikel A., Mueller-Bieniek A., Paul W. 2020. Zapałowicz's Conspectus florae Galiciae criticus: Clarification of publication dates for nomenclatural purposes and bibliographic notes. PhytoKeys 155: 53–85. DOI

Pyzel J., Mueller-Bieniek A., Moskal-del Hoyo M. 2020. The first farmers on the Vistula river in the Polish lowlands. In: K.J. Gron, L. Sørensen, P. Rowley-Conwy (eds.). Farmers at the Frontier. A Pan-European Perspective of Neolithization. Oxbow Books, Oxford, Philadelphia: 247–262. DOI

Salavert A., Zazzo A., Martin L., Antolín F., Gauthier C., Thil F., Tombret O., Bouby L., Manen C., Mineo M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Piqué R., Rottoli M., Rovira N., Toulemonde F., Vostrovská I. 2020. Direct dating reveals the early history of opium poppy in western Europe. Scientific Reports 10: 20263. 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

Mueller-Bieniek A., Nowak M., Styring A., Lityńska-Zając M., Moskal-del Hoyo M., Sojka A., Paszko B., Tunia K., Bogaard A. 2019. Spatial and temporal patterns in Neolithic and Bronze Age agriculture in Poland based on the stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic composition of cereal grains. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 27: 101993. DOI

Sikora J., Kittel P., Frączek M., Głąb Z., Golyeva A., Mueller-Bieniek A., Schneeweiß J., Tomczyńska Z., Wasylikowa K., Wiedner K. 2019. A palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the rampart construction of the medieval ring-fort in Rozprza, Central Poland. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11: 4187–4219. 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

Mueller-Bieniek A. 2018. Analiza archeobotaniczna ceramiki i polepy z Redcza Krukowego, stanowisko 20, pow. Włocławek, woj. kujawsko-pomorskie. In: P. Papiernik, D.K. Płaza (eds.). Od epoki kamienia do współczesności. Badania archeologiczne w Redczu Krukowym na Kujawach. Tom I. Fundacja Badań Archeologicznych Imienia Profesora Konrada Jażdżewskiego, Łódź: 575–578.

Sołtysiak A., Mueller-Bieniek A., Sharifi A. 2018. Human and plant remains from Vestemin, Iran, 2015. Bioarchaeology of the Near East 12: 107–113.

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

Moskal-del Hoyo M., Rauba-Bukowska A., Lityńska-Zając M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Czekaj-Zastawny A. 2017. Plant materials used as temper in the oldest Neolithic pottery from south-eastern Poland. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 26: 329–344. DOI

Nowak M., Moskal-del Hoyo M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Lityńska-Zając M., Kotynia K. 2017. Benefits and weaknesses of radiocarbon dating of plant material as reflected by Neolithic archaeological sites from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. Geochronometria 44: 188–201. DOI