Ayushi Nayak

Ayushi Nayak

Department of Archaeology
+49 3641 686-739

Main Focus

Ayushi is a PhD Student at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Her research focusses on the nature of the different trajectories of human activities in prehistory that have led to the hyper-diversity that defines the Indian sub-continent today. Through the application of biomolecular approaches, her work explores different aspects of the human past in South Asia, such as diet, early farming strategies, population movement, and inter-cultural interactions. In addition to this, Ayushi is interested in approaches to decolonising archaeological and anthropological theory, public engagement with cultural heritage, and humanist perspectives on integrating scientific method with social theory.

Curriculum Vitae

Ayushi Nayak received her BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation, 'A Stable Isotope Approach to Farming Ecologies in the Indian Neolithic-Chalcolithic', was the first study to apply stable isotope methods to human, faunal, and botanical remains from prehistoric India.


Current Projects

Biomolecular Prehistory of South Asia 


Publications

Lucas StephensDorian FullerNicole BoivinTorben RickNicolas GauthierAndrea KayBen MarwickChelsey Geralda ArmstrongC. Michael BartonTim DenhamKristina DouglassJonathan DriverLisa JanzPatrick RobertsJ. Daniel RogersHeather ThakarMark AltaweelAmber L. JohnsonMaria Marta Sampietro VattuoneMark AldenderferSonia ArchilaGilberto ArtioliMartin T. BaleTimothy BeachFerran BorrellTodd BrajePhilip I. BucklandNayeli Guadalupe Jiménez CanoJosé M. CaprilesAgustín Diez CastilloÇiler ÇilingiroğluMichelle Negus ClearyJames ConollyPeter R. CoutrosR. Alan CoveyMauro CremaschiAlison CrowtherLindsay DerSavino di LerniaJohn F. DoershukWilliam E. DoolittleKevin J. EdwardsJon M. ErlandsonDamian EvansAndrew FairbairnPatrick FaulknerGary FeinmanRicardo FernandesScott M. FitzpatrickRalph FyfeElena GarceaSteve GoldsteinReed Charles GoodmanJade Dalpoim GuedesJason HerrmannPeter HiscockPeter HommelK. Ann HorsburghCarrie HritzJohn W. IvesAripekka JunnoJennifer G. KahnBrett KaufmanCatherine KearnsTristram R. KidderFrançois LanoëDan LawrenceGyoung-Ah LeeMaureece J. LevinHenrik B. LindskougJosé Antonio López-SáezScott MacraeRob MarchantJohn M. MarstonSarah McClureMark D. McCoyAlicia Ventresca MillerMichael MorrisonGiedre Motuzaite MatuzeviciuteJohannes MüllerAyushi NayakSofwan NoerwidiTanya M. PeresChristian E. PetersonLucas ProctorAsa R. RandallSteve RenetteGwen Robbins SchugKrysta RyzewskiRakesh SainiVivian ScheinsohnPeter SchmidtPauline SebillaudOula SeitsonenIan A. SimpsonArkadiusz SołtysiakRobert J. SpeakmanRobert N. SpenglerMartina L. SteffenMichael J. StorozumKeir M. StricklandJessica ThompsonT. L. ThurstonSean UlmM. Cemre UstunkayaMartin H. WelkerCatherine WestPatrick Ryan WilliamsDavid K. WrightNathan WrightMuhammad ZahirAndrea ZerboniElla BeaudoinSantiago Munevar GarciaJeremy PowellAlexa ThorntonJed O. KaplanMarie-José GaillardKees Klein Goldewijk, Erle Ellis. 2019. Archaeological assessment reveals Earth’s early transformation through land use. Science Vol. 365, Issue 6456, pp. 897-902. DOI: 10.1126/science.aax1192


Vagheesh M. Narasimhan, Nick Patterson, Priya Moorjani, Nadin Rohland, Rebecca Bernardos, Swapan Mallick, Iosif Lazaridis, Nathan Nakatsuka, Iñigo Olalde, Mark Lipson, Alexander M. Kim, Luca M. Olivieri, Alfredo Coppa, Massimo Vidale, James Mallory, Vyacheslav Moiseyev, Egor Kitov, Janet Monge, Nicole Adamski, Neel Alex, Nasreen Broomandkhoshbacht, Francesca Candilio, Kimberly Callan, Olivia Cheronet, Brendan J. Culleton, Matthew Ferry, Daniel Fernandes, Susan Freilich, Beatriz Gamarra, Daniel Gaudio, Mateja Hajdinjak, Éadaoin Harney, Thomas K. Harper, Denise Keating, Ann Marie Lawson, Matthew Mah, Kirsten Mandl, Megan Michel, Mario Novak, Jonas Oppenheimer, Niraj Rai, Kendra Sirak, Viviane Slon, Kristin Stewardson, Fatma Zalzala, Zhao Zhang, Gaziz Akhatov, Anatoly N. Bagashev, Alessandra Bagnera, Bauryzhan Baitanayev, Julio Bendezu-Sarmiento, Arman A. Bissembaev, Gian Luca Bonora, Temrilan T. Chargynov, Tatiana Chikisheva, Petr K. Dashkovskiy, Anatoly Derevianko, Miroslav Dobeš, Katerina Douka, Nadezhda Dubova, Meiram N. Duisengali, Dmitry Enshin, Andrey Epimakhov, Alexey V. Fribus,  Dorian Fuller, Alexander Goryachev, Andrey Gromov, Sergey P. Grushin, Bryan Hanks, Margaret Judd, Erlan Kazizov, Aleksander Khokhlov, Aleksander P. Krygin, Elena Kupriyanova,Pavel Kuznetsov, Donata Luiselli, Farhod Maksudov, Aslan M. Mamedov, Talgat B. Mamirov, Christopher Meiklejohn, Deborah C. Merrett, Roberto Micheli, Oleg Mochalov, Samariddin Mustafokulov, Ayushi Nayak, Davide Pettener, Richard Potts, Dmitry Razhev, Marina Rykun, Stefania Sarno, Tatyana M. Savenkova, Kulyan Sikhymbaeva,Sergey M. Slepchenko, Oroz A. Soltobaev, Nadezhda Stepanova, Svetlana Svyatko, Kubatbek Tabaldiev, Maria Teschler-Nicola, Alexey A. Tishkin, Vitaly V. Tkachev, Sergey Vasilyev, Petr Velemínský, Dmitriy Voyakin, Antonina Yermolayeva, Muhammad Zahir, Valery S. ZubkovAlisa Zubova, Vasant S. Shinde, Carles Lalueza-Fox, Matthias Meyer, David Anthony, Nicole Boivin, Kumarasamy Thangaraj, Douglas J. Kennett, Michael Frachetti, Ron Pinhasi, David Reich. 2019. The formation of human populations in South and Central Asia. Science Vol. 365, Issue 6457, eaat 7487. DOI: 10.1126/science.aat7487


Éadaoin Harney, Ayushi Nayak, Nick Patterson, Pramod Joglekar, Veena Mushrif-Tripathy, Swapan Mallick, Nadin Rohland, Jakob Sedig, Nicole Adamski, Rebecca Bernardos, Nasreen Broomandkhoshbacht, Brendan J. Culleton, Matthew Ferry, Thomas K. Harper, Megan Michel, Jonas Oppenheimer, Kristin Stewardson, Zhao Zhang, Harashawaradhana, Maanwendra Singh Bartwal, Sachin Kumar, Subhash Chandra Diyundi, Patrick Roberts, Nicole Boivin, Douglas J. Kennett, Kumarasamy Thangaraj, David Reich, and Niraj Rai. (2019). Ancient DNA from the skeletons of Roopkund Lake reveals Mediterranean migrants in India. Nature Communications 10, Article number: 3670. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11357-9.


Boivin, N., Fuller, D. Q., Korisettar, R., Nayak, A. and Petraglia, M. D. (2018). The emergence of agriculture and pastoralism in the Northern Maidan region of South Deccan South India. In Ravi Korisettar (Ed.), Beyond Stones and More Stones, Vol. II (pp. 95-126). The Mythic Society, Bengaluru. 


Ventresca Miller, A., Fernandes, R., Janzen, A., Nayak, A., Swift, J., Zech, J., Boivin, N., and Roberts, P. (2018). Sampling and pretreatment of tooth enamel carbonate for stable carbon and oxygen isotope analysis. Journal of Visualized Experiments (138), e58002.


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