Marc Vander Linden

Dr Marc Vander Linden

  • Senior Lecturer in Archaeological/(Palaeo)Environmental Modelling
  • Christchurch House C134, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a member of the Institute for the Modelling of Socio-Environmental Transitions (IMSET). As an archaeologist working on Holocene Europe, my research interests include population (pre-)history, long-term human-environment interactions, and modelling. I have conducted fieldwork in Belgium, Syria, the UK, Bosnia&Herzegovina, and Montenegro where I am still actively working.


Journal Articles

  • Bird, D., Vander Linden, M. et al., 2022. p3k14c, a synthetic global database of archaeological radiocarbon dates. Scientific Data, 9 (1).
  • Silva, F. et al., 2022. Developing Transdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainability Challenges: The Need to Model Socio-Environmental Systems in the Longue Duree. SUSTAINABILITY, 14 (16).
  • Sweeney, L., Harrison, S.P. and Vander Linden, M., 2022. Assessing anthropogenic influence on fire history during the Holocene in the Iberian Peninsula. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 287.
  • Ruiz-Redondo, A., Vukosavljević, N., Tomasso, A., Peresani, M., Davies, W. and Vander Linden, M., 2022. Mid and Late Upper Palaeolithic in the Adriatic Basin: Chronology, transitions and human adaptations to a changing landscape. Quaternary Science Reviews, 276.
  • de Vareilles, A., Filipović, D., Obradović, D. and Vander Linden, M., 2022. Along the Rivers and into the Plain: Early Crop Diversity in the Central and Western Balkans and Its Relationship with Environmental and Cultural Variables. Quaternary, 5 (1).
  • Gillis, R.E., Gaastra, J.S., Linden, M.V. and Vigne, J.D., 2022. A Species Specific Investigation Into Sheep and Goat Husbandry During the Early European Neolithic. Environmental Archaeology, 27 (1), 8-19.
  • Moreau, L., Vander Linden, M. et al., 2021. Adaptive Trade-offs Towards the Last Glacial Maximum in North-Western Europe: a Multidisciplinary View from Walou Cave. JOURNAL OF PALEOLITHIC ARCHAEOLOGY, 4 (2).
  • Vander Linden, M., 2021. Farmers at the Frontier: A Pan-European Perspective on Neolithisation. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, 24 (1), 131-134.
  • Vander Linden, M. and Silva, F., 2021. Dispersals as demographic processes: Testing and describing the spread of the Neolithic in the Balkans: Dispersals as demographic processes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376 (1816).
  • Morrison, K.D., Vander Linden, M. et al., 2021. Mapping past human land use using archaeological data: A new classification for global land use synthesis and data harmonization. PLoS One, 16 (4), e0246662.
  • Ruiz-Redondo, A., Vander Linden, M. et al., 2020. Beyond the Bounds of Western Europe: Paleolithic Art in the Balkan Peninsula. Journal of World Prehistory, 33 (4), 425-455.
  • Bulatović, A., Gori, M. and Vander Linden, M., 2020. RADIOCARBON DATING the 3RD MILLENNIUM BC in the CENTRAL BALKANS: A RE-EXAMINATION of the EARLY BRONZE AGE SEQUENCE. Radiocarbon, 62 (5), 1163-1191.
  • Racimo, F., Sikora, M., Vander Linden, M., Schroeder, H. and Lalueza-Fox, C., 2020. Beyond broad strokes: sociocultural insights from the study of ancient genomes. NATURE REVIEWS GENETICS, 21 (6), 355-366.
  • Racimo, F., Woodbridge, J., Fyfe, R., Sikora, M., Sjögren, K.-G., Vander Linden, M. and Kristiansen, K., 2020. The spatiotemporal spread of human migrations during the European Holocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA.
  • Harrison, S.P., Vander Linden, M. et al., 2020. Development and testing scenarios for implementing land use and land cover changes during the Holocene in Earth system model experiments. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 13 (2), 805-824.
  • de Vareilles, A., Bouby, L., Jesus, A., Martin, L., Rottoli, M., Vander Linden, M. and Antolín, F., 2019. One sea but many routes to sail. The early maritime dispersal of Neolithic crops from the Aegean to the western Mediterranean. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 29.
  • Vander Linden, M., 2019. Toward a clearer view into human prehistory. SCIENCE, 363 (6432), 1153-1154.
  • Gaastra, J., de Vareilles, A. and Vander Linden, M., 2019. Bones and seeds: an integrated approach to understanding the spread of farming across the western Balkans. Environmental Archaeology: the journal of human palaeoecology.
  • Bulatovic, A., Vander Linden, M. and Gori, M., 2019. New AMS dates as a contribution to the absolute chronology of the early eneolithic in the central Balkans. Starinar, 68, 19-32.
  • Silva, F. and Vander Linden, M., 2018. Erratum to: Amplitude of travelling front as inferred from 14C predicts levels of genetic admixture among European early farmers (Scientific Reports, (2017), 7, 1, (11985), 10.1038/s41598-017-12318-2). Scientific Reports, 8 (1).
  • Gaastra, J.S., Greenfield, H.J. and Vander Linden, M., 2018. Gaining traction on cattle exploitation: zooarchaeological evidence from the Neolithic Western Balkans. ANTIQUITY, 92 (366), 1462-1477.
  • Bulatovic, A., Gori, M. and Vander Linden, M., 2018. New absolute dates as a contribution to the study of the Late Bronze Age Chronology in the Central Balkans. Journal of the Serbian Archaeological Society, 34, 121-132.
  • Linderholm, A., Horsburgh, K.A., Vander Linden, M., Klein, R.G., Bandelt, H.-J. and Kirch, P.V., 2018. Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past. CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY, 59 (5), 655-662.
  • Drost, C. and Vander Linden, M., 2018. Toy story: homophily, transmission and the use of simple models in assessing variability in the archaeological record. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 25 (4), 1087-1108.
  • Gaastra, J.S. and Vander Linden, M., 2018. Farming data: Testing climatic and palaeoenvironmental effect on Neolithic Adriatic stockbreeding and hunting through zooarchaeological meta-analysis. HOLOCENE, 28 (7), 1181-1196.
  • Silva, F. and Vander Linden, M., 2018. Comparing and modeling the spread of early farming across Europe. Pages Global Changes Magazine, 26 (1), 28-29.
  • Vander Linden, M., 2018. Touching the void. Comments on Martin Furholt’s “Massive migrations?”. European Journal of Archaeology, 21 (2), 186-188.
  • Linden, M.V., 2018. TOUCHING THE VOID. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, 21 (2), 186-189.
  • Birch, S.E.P. and Vander Linden, M., 2018. A long hard road... Reviewing the evidence for environmental change and population history in the eastern Adriatic and western Balkans during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL, 465, 177-191.
  • Silva, F. and Vander Linden, M., 2017. Amplitude of travelling front as inferred from 14C predicts levels of genetic admixture among European early farmers. Scientific Reports, 7 (1).
  • Johannsen, N.N., Larson, G., Meltzer, D. and Vander Linden, M., 2017. A composite window into human history. Better integration of ancient DNA studies with archaeology promises deeper insights. Science, 356, 1118-1120.
  • Johannsen, N.N., Larson, G., Meltzer, D.J. and Vander Linden, M., 2017. A composite window into human history. Science, 356 (6343), 1118-1120.
  • Vander Linden, M., 2017. The Bell Beaker Transition in Europe: Mobility and Local Evolution during the 3rd Millennium BC. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, 20 (2), 391-395.
  • Vander Linden, M., 2017. Reaction to a Reactionary Text. NORWEGIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL REVIEW, 50 (2), 127-129.
  • Whittle, A., Vander Linden, M. et al., 2016. A Vinča potscape: formal chronological models for the use and development of Vinča ceramics in south-east Europe. Documenta Praehistorica, 43, 1-60.
  • Linden, M.V., 2016. Population history in third-millennium-BC Europe: assessing the contribution of genetics. WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY, 48 (5), 714-728.
  • Orton, D., Gaastra, J. and Linden, M.V., 2016. Between the danube and the deep blue sea: Zooarchaeological meta-analysis reveals variability in the spread and development of neolithic farming across the western balkans. Open Quaternary, 2.
  • Evans, C., Tabor, J. and Vander Linden, M., 2014. Making time work: Sampling floodplain artefact frequencies and populations. Antiquity, 88 (339), 241-258.
  • Vander Linden, M., 2013. Tracking the Neolithic house in Europe. ANTIQUITY, 87 (338), 1232-1233.
  • Vander Linden, M., 2013. An Examination of Prehistoric Stone Bracers from Britain. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, 16 (2), 358-360.
  • Isern, N., Fort, J. and Vander Linden, M., 2012. Space Competition and Time Delays in Human Range Expansions. Application to the Neolithic Transition. PLoS ONE, 7 (12).
  • Vander Linden, M., 2012. Inside Ancient Kitchens: New Directions in the Study of Daily Meals and Feasts. CAMBRIDGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL, 22 (1), 149-150.
  • Fort, J., Pujol, T. and Linden, M.V., 2012. Modelling the neolithic transition in the near east and Europe. American Antiquity, 77 (2), 203-219.
  • Bocquet-Appel, J.P., Naji, S., Vander Linden, M. and Kozlowski, J., 2012. Understanding the rates of expansion of the farming system in Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39 (2), 531-546.
  • Vander Linden, M., 2011. Individual campaniform graves in France. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, 14 (1-2), 262-264.
  • Linden, M.V., 2009. Comments on M. Pilar Prieto Martínez: 'Bell beaker communities in thy: The first bronze age society in denmark' (norwegian archaeological review, vol. 41(2), 2008). Norwegian Archaeological Review, 42 (1), 71-100.
  • Linden, M.V., 2009. Formation and Change in Individual Identity between the Bell Beaker Culture and the Early Bronze Age in Bavaria, South Germany. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, 12 (1-3), 257-258.
  • Bocquet-Appel, J.P., Naji, S., Linden, M.V. and Kozlowski, J.K., 2009. Detection of diffusion and contact zones of early farming in Europe from the space-time distribution of 14C dates. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36 (3), 807-820.
  • Linden, M.V., 2007. The rise of Bronze Age Society: Travels, transmissions and transformations. CAMBRIDGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL, 17 (3), 356-358.
  • Linden, M.V., 2007. For equalities are plural: Reassessing the social in Europe during third millennium BC. World Archaeology, 39 (2), 177-193.
  • Vander Linden, M., 2007. What linked the Bell Beakers in third millennium BC Europe? Antiquity, 81 (312), 343-352.
  • Linden, M.V., 2006. For whom the bell tolls: Social hierarchy vs social integration in the Bell Beaker culture of southern France (third millennium BC). Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 16 (3), 317-332.
  • Guilaine, J., Besse, M., Lemercier, O., Salanova, L., Strahm, C. and Linden, M.V., 2004. Foreword: The bell beakers of today. Bulletin de la Societe Prehistorique Francaise, 101 (2), 197-200.
  • Vander Linden, M., 2004. She descended on good land and bore fruit that ascended (Marc 4:8): The ceramic culture corded like a substratum in the bell-beaker phenomenon. Bulletin de la Societe Prehistorique Francaise, 101 (2), 207-214.
  • Vander Linden, M.M., 2001. Social dynamics and pottery distribution in the Faro Department, Northern Cameroon. African Archaeological Review, 18 (3), 135-151.


  • Saqalli, M. and Linden, M.V., 2019. Integrating Qualitative and Social Science Factors in Archaeological Modelling. Springer.
  • Evans, C., Tabor, J. and Linden, M.V., 2016. Twice-Crossed River Prehistoric and Palaeoenvironmental Investigations at Barleycroft Farm/Over Cambridgeshire.
  • Bradley, R., Haselgrove, C. and Webley, L., 2015. The Later Prehistory of North-West Europe The Evidence of Development-Led Fieldwork. Oxford University Press.
  • The Neolithic site of Kočićevo in the lower Vrbas valley, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina: results of the 2009-2014 investigations.. Banja Luka: Muzej Republike Srpske.
  • Webley, L., 2012. Development-led Archaeology in Northwest Europe Proceedings of a Round Table at the University of Leicester, 19th-21st November 2009. Oxbow Books Limited.
  • Roberts, B.W. and Linden, M.V., 2011. Investigating Archaeological Cultures Material Culture, Variability, and Transmission. Springer Science & Business Media.
  • Departures from the homeland: Indo-Europeans and Archaeology.. Washington D.C.: Institute for the Study of Man.
  • Linden, M.V., 2006. Le phénomène campaniforme dans l'Europe du 3ème millénaire avant notre ère synthèse et nouvelles perspectives. British Archaeological Reports Ltd.


  • de Vareilles, A., Bouby, L., Jesus, A., Martin, L., Rottoli, M., Vander Linden, M. and Antolín, F., 2020. One sea but many routes to Sail. The early maritime dispersal of Neolithic crops from the Aegean to the western Mediterranean. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 29.
  • Drost, C.J. and Linden, M.V., 2016. Cultural wave front expansion explains multiple stages of diversity during the Neolithic Transition in Europe. Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016, ALIFE 2016.
  • Hunt, H.V., Vander Linden, M., Liu, X., Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute, G., Colledge, S. and Jones, M.K., 2008. Millets across Eurasia: Chronology and context of early records of the genera Panicum and Setaria from archaeological sites in the Old World. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 17 (SUPPL. 1).
  • Linden, M.V., 2004. The roots of the Indo-European diaspora: New perspectives on the north Pontic hypothesis. PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL UCLA INDO-EUROPEAN CONFERENCE, 138-154.
  • van Berg, P.L. and Linden, M.V., 2002. Ctesias' Assyriaka: Indo-European and Mesopotamian royal ideologies. PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL UCLA INDO-EUROPEAN CONFERENCE, 45-58.


  • Rewriting Early Bronze Age chronology in the south-western Balkans: evidence from large-scale radiocarbon dating (Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsföderung, 01 Mar 2017). Completed
  • Transmission of Innovations: comparison and modelling farming practices in Europe (EUROFARM) (European Research Council, 01 Oct 2012). Completed