The research of this dissertation was focused on the analysis of organic residues in ancient pottery vessels whose fragments derive from several prehistoric settlements in the Dnepr region of the Ukraine and date from the 4th to the 3rd Mill. B.C.


The scientific procedure that was applied on these vessels had the purpose to investigate both the variations in food processing and also the human palaeodiet with the idea to decrease the difficulties of reconstructing paleoeconomic systems of the steppe regions and thus to provide new and concrete data in the study of an area historically very complex.

This dissertation project was written within the framework of the program “ of the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) and was successfully completed in 2017.


  • International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA) Los Angeles 2014 – (Poster session –Title: Climate driven dietary and agricultural change in the late Eneolithic/early Bronze Age Ukrainian Steppe recorded in organic residues in ceramic vessels)
  • German Archaeological Congress 2014 – (Talk session – Title: Organic residues of ancient Ukrainian ceramic vessels dated from the 4th to the 2nd Millennia B.C.)
  • European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) Glasgow 2015 – (Poster session – Title: Reconstruction of Dnieper region subsistence economy from the 4th to the 3nd mill. BC: δ13C analysis of animal fats recorded in organic residues in ceramic vessels.)

Related Publications

Simona Mileto, Diet and subsistence practices in the Dnieper area of the North-Pontic region (4th – 3rd millennium BC) (Dissertation), Berlin: 2018,