Seba Sultan Mayya

Doctoral Student, ICArEHB

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
FCHS, University of Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro


Research Interests

  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Human-Environment interactions
  • Paleobotany
  • Palynology
  • Paleolithic archaeology

Short Bio

I am a PhD student at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour in association with the Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) of the University of Algarve. My research focus on the study of sedimentological, geochemical and biological proxies (diatom, pollen, charcoal and other plant macro remains), with the main aim to reconstruct the paleoenvironmental changes that occurred during the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in a Portuguese coastal zone. This PhD is under supervision of Dr. Ana Gomes (ICArEHB), Cristina Veiga-Pires (CIMA) and Simon Connor (Australian National University).

I completed a BA in Archaeology at the Damascus University in 2014 and MA in Archaeological Materials science (ArchMat) in 2019 at La Sapienza University with a dissertation entitled “Environmental archaeology from a Roman Villa at Spoletino (Viterbo, Italy)““.

My dissertation intended to reconstruct the paleoenvironmental conditions and land use in the Medium Tiber Valley during the Roman Republican times, through a combination of archaeological and archaeobotanical studies. I investigated plant micro- and macro remains, in association with archaeological contexts, recovered during an excavation in a Roman Villa located in the province of Viterbo, Italy.