ERC Starting Grant for Polish archaeologist

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Dr Artur Obłuski is the first archaeologist in Poland to receive a prestigious ERC Starting Grant, worth nearly EUR 1.5 million.

Dr Obłuski works at the research station of the University of Warsaw’s Kazimierz Michałowski Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology in Cairo. With the ERC grant, he will analyze the decline of the Kingdom of Makuria in medieval Nubia and the establishment of a new society on the site of its capital. Some of the research will be conducted in Sudan.

Previously, he held a year-long fellowship at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago funded through the KOLUMB programme of the Foundation for Polish Science.

The prestigious ERC Starting Grants, funded by the European Research Council, are aimed at supporting future scientific leaders currently at the stage of forming their own research teams and conducting their first independent projects. This funding scheme is designed for promising researchers who can demonstrate the potential to become independent research leaders. The grants support the creation of outstanding new research teams.