Mary Lucas

Research Associate
Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Mary is a lab technician for the Isotope and Biochemistry laboratories. She assists in extending and maintaining the lab capacities at the Department of Archaeology of the MPI-GEA. Her work focusses on applying bulk- and compound specific isotopic analyses to archaeological and modern materials such as bone, teeth, ceramic, and sediments for palaeodietary, palaeoclimatic and ecological reconstruction. She is responsible for running multiple mass spectrometers including the EA-IRMS, Gas bench-IRMS, GC-MSD, and GC-IRMS. She additionally assists in training students and PostDocs, pretreating samples, and managing the daily operations in the labs.

Curriculum Vitae

She received her BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Dickinson College, Pennsylvania, USA and her MSc in Bioarchaeology from the University of York, UK. For her MSc dissertation she conducted bulk stable isotope analysis to reconstruct the diet of individuals buried at two medieval nunneries in England.


Swift, J. A.; Kirch, P. V.; Ilgner, J.; Brown, S.; Lucas, M.; Marzo, S.; Roberts, P.Stable isotopic evidence for nutrient rejuvenation and long-term resilience on Tikopia Island (Southeast Solomon Islands). Sustainability 13 (15), 8567 (2021)

    Ingman, T.; Eisenmann, S.Skourtanioti, E.; Akar, M.; Ilgner, J.Gnecchi Ruscone, G. A.; le Roux, P.; Shafiq, R.; Neumann, G. U.Keller, M.; Freund, C.; Marzo, S.Lucas, M.Krause, J.Roberts, P.; Yener, K. A.; Stockhammer, P. W.: Human mobility at Tell Atchana (Alalakh), Hatay, Turkey during the 2nd millennium BC: integration of isotopic and genomic evidence. PLoS One 16 (6), 0241883, p. e0241883 (2021)

    Yu, H.Spyrou, M. A.; Karapetian, M.; Shnaider, S.; Radzeviciute, R.Nägele, K.Neumann, G. U.Penske, S. E.Zech, J.Lucas, M. ; LeRoux, P.; Roberts, P.; Pavlenok, G.; Buzhilova, A.; Posth, C.Jeong, C.Krause, J.Paleolithic to Bronze Age Siberians reveal connections with first Americans and across Eurasia. Cell 181 (6), 2020.04.037, pp. 1232 - 1245.e20 (2020)

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