Aldona Mueller-Bieniek


dr hab. Aldona Mueller-Bieniek


office hours: via Google meet or MS Teams after e-mail contact


research interests: archaeobotany; environmental archaeology; palaeodiet

Archaeobotany, understood as analysis of fruits and seeds from archaeological context, is my main research skill. I am interested in past human-environment interactions, how people accommodated to their surrounding and how they changed it. I am interested in using archaeobotanical data in broad archaeological, palaeoenvironmental, geographical and palaeoeconomical background.

bibliography: selected papers (last 5 years)

  • Mueller-Bieniek A., Rusishvili N., Jalabadze M., Kvavadze E.,  2021. Plant remains from Berikldeebi, Georgia, 1979-1992. Bioarchaeology of the Near East 15, 77–84.
  • Kontny, B., Szeliga, M., Wojenka, M., Kosiński, T., Mueller-Bieniek, A., Kot, M., 2021. A Unique Clay Rattle from Koziarnia Cave in Southern Poland. Archäol. Korresp. 51, 91–109.
  • Mueller-Bieniek, A., 2020. Kraków Mogiła 53, 55 – Kopiec Wandy. Raport z badań archeobotanicznych. Mater. Archeol. Nowej Huty 23: 305–310
  • Salavert, A., Zazzo, A., Martin, L., Antolín, F., Gauthier, C., Thil, F., Tombret, O., Bouby, L., Manen, C., Mineo, M., Mueller-Bieniek, A., Piqué, R., Rottoli, M., Rovira, N., Toulemonde, F., Vostrovská, I., 2020. Direct dating reveals the early history of opium poppy in western Europe. Sci. Rep. 10, 1–10.
  • Mueller-Bieniek, A., Jarosińska, J., 2020. Neolityczne ślady użytkowania roślin w rejonie Dolnej Wierzycy i Janki na Pojezierzu Starogardzkim, in: Felczak, O. (Ed.), Wczesny i środkowy neolit na Pojezierzu Starogardzkim w świetle badań nad Dolną Wierzycą i Janką. Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk, Gdańsk, pp. 281–313. ISBN 978-83-956473-2-1
  • Czajkowska, B.I., Bogaard, A., Charles, M., Jones, G., Kohler-Schneider, M., Mueller-Bieniek, A., Brown, T.A., 2020. Ancient DNA typing indicates that the “new” glume wheat of early Eurasian agriculture is a cultivated member of the Triticum timopheevii group. J. Archaeol. Sci. 123, 105258.
  • Filipović, D., Meadows, J., Corso, M.D., Kirleis, W., Alsleben, A., Akeret, Ö., Bittmann, F., Bosi, G., Ciută, B., Dreslerová, D., Effenberger, H., Gyulai, F., Heiss, A.G., Hellmund, M., Jahns, S., Jakobitsch, T., Kapcia, M., Klooß, S., Kohler-Schneider, M., Kroll, H., Makarowicz, P., Marinova, E., Märkle, T., Medović, A., Mercuri, A.M., Mueller-Bieniek, A., Nisbet, R., Pashkevich, G., Perego, R., Pokorný, P., Pospieszny, Ł., Przybyła, M., Reed, K., Rennwanz, J., Stika, H.-P., Stobbe, A., Tolar, T., Wasylikowa, K., Wiethold, J., Zerl, T., 2020. New AMS 14 C dates track the arrival and spread of broomcorn millet cultivation and agricultural change in prehistoric Europe. Scientific Reports 10, 13698.
  • Mnich, B., Mueller-Bieniek, A., Nowak, M., Wilczyński, J., Pospuła, S., Szostek, K., 2020. Terrestrial diet in prehistoric human groups from southern Poland based on human, faunal and botanical stable isotope evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 32, 102382.
  • Pyzel, J., Mueller-Bieniek, A., Moskal-del Hoyo, M.M., 2020. The first farmers on the Vistula river  in the Polish lowlands, in: Gron, K.J., Sørensen, L., Rowley-Conwy, P. (Eds.), Farmers at the Frontier. A Pan-European Perspective of Neolithization. Oxbow Books, Oxford & Philadelphia, pp. 247–261
  • Mueller-Bieniek, A., Pyzel, J., Kapcia, M., 2020. Chenopodium Seeds in Open-Air Archaeological Sites – How to Not Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater. Environmental Archaeology 25, 69–81.
  • Mueller-Bieniek, A., Nowak, M., Styring, A., Lityńska-Zając, M., Moskal-del Hoyo, M., Sojka, A., Paszko, B., Tunia, K., Bogaard, A., 2019. Spatial and temporal patterns in Neolithic and Bronze Age agriculture in Poland based on the stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic composition of cereal grains. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports. 27, 101993.
  • Mueller-Bieniek, A., Bogucki, P., Pyzel, J., Kapcia, M., Moskal-del Hoyo, M., Nalepka, D., 2019. The role of Chenopodium in the subsistence economy of pioneer agriculturalists on the northern frontier of the Linear Pottery culture in Kuyavia, central Poland. Journal of Archaeological Science 111, 105027.
  • Kapcia, M., Mueller-Bieniek, A., 2019. An insight into Bronze Age subsistence strategy in forested Carpathian foothills, based on plant macro-remains. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11, 2879–2895.
  • Mueller-Bieniek, A., 2018. Rośliny w życiu średniowiecznych krakowian, in: Izdebski, A., Szmytka, R. (Eds.), Ekobiografia Krakowa. Znak Horyzont, Kraków, pp. 119–151
  • Mueller-Bieniek A. 2017. Rośliny użytkowane w Małopolsce od neolitu – przewodnik opracowany w oparciu o materiały archeobotaniczne i źródła pisane. Zakład Doświadczalny IHAR PIB w Grodkowicach. ISBN 978-83-949397-0-0
  • Moskal-del Hoyo, M., Mueller-Bieniek, A., Alexandrowicz, W.P., Wilczyński, J., Wędzicha, S., Kapcia, M., Przybyła, M.M., 2017. The continuous persistence of open oak forests in the Miechów Upland (Poland) in the second half of the Holocene. Quaternary International, Anthracology: Local to Global Significance of Charcoal Science Part II 458, 14–27.

more publications:


Association for Environmental Archaeology

Commission on Quaternary Palaeogeography, Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences

Department of Bioarchaeology

Addres: 00-927 Warszawa, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Szkoła Główna, pok. 0.26, 0.28, 0.29
tel. 22-55-22-837 i 844

dr Anna Gręzak

dr hab. Arkadiusz Sołtysiak, prof. ucz.
dr hab. Joanna Piątkowska-Małecka
dr hab. Aldona Mueller-Bieniek
dr Rafał Fetner
dr Elżbieta Jaskulska

dr hab. Wiesław Więckowski (Department of Archaeology of the Americas)

PhD candidates:
mgr Monika Dzierlińska
mgr Kamil Niemczak
mgr Joanna Szymczak
mgr Aleksandra Grzegorska
mgr Adam Budziszewski

Department of Archaeology of the Americas

Direction: 00-927 Warszawa, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Szkoła Główna
Office 3.23, tel. 22 55 22 823

dr hab. Miłosz Giersz

dr hab. Wiesław Więckowski
dr hab. Janusz Wołoszyn
dr Jan Szymański

PhD Candidates:
Roberto Pimentel Nita
Julia Chyla

About the Department:
The Department conducts research and organizes teaching activities in the field of the archeology of the Americas, in particular of the Andean area, Central America, iconography of pre-Columbian cultures, rock art, as well as funeral and anthropological archeology.

The Department organizes the scientific life related to the archaeology of the Americas at the Faculty of Archeology by conducting archaeological field research, publishing research results, and by organizing and participating in international and national scientific conferences. The Departament collaborates with archaeologists and representatives of other disciplines, especially with the scientific centers from Poland and abroad.

Employees also popularize knowledge about the archeology of the Americas.

Field research:
Castillo de Huarmey, Peru – kier. Miłosz Giersz
Toro Muerto, Peru – kier. Janusz Wołoszyn
San Isidro, Salwador – kier. Jan Szymański

– ongoing
NCN 2019/35/D/HS3/00219 “Na kresach Mezoameryki: Badania archeologiczne stanowiska San Isidro w Salwadorze” – kier. Jan Szymański

NCN 2019/32/T/HS3/00101 „Metody cyfrowe w archeologii. Studium doliny Huarmey” – kier. Julia Chyla

NCN 2018/31/B/HS3/01655 „Płeć, przestrzeń i czas w prekolumbijskiej świątyni zmarłych” – kier. Miłosz Giersz

NCN 2016/23/B/HS3/01882 „Toro Muerto – wieloaspektowa analiza unikatowego południowoamerykańskiego kompleksu sztuki naskalnej” – kier. Janusz Wołoszyn

– finalized
NCN 2018/02/X/HS3/00850 “Analiza pochówku przedstawiciela diaspory chińskiej na st. Castillo de Huarmey, Peru” – kier. Wiesław Więckowski

NCN 2015/19/N/HS3/00880 „Tożsamość w niciach ukryta? Dokumentacja i analiza technologiczno-ikonograficzna prekolumbijskich tkanin z Castillo de Huarmey” – kier. Aleksandra Laszczka


Dear Students,

today, September 30, my term of office as deputy director of the Institute of Archeology, UW and acting Head of the Teaching Unit at the Faculty of Archeology of the UW expires. Thank you very much for this whole, I must admit, difficult year.
From October 1, all questions, applications and requests should be addressed to the Vice-Dean for Student Affairs and KJD of the Faculty of Archeology, University of Warsaw, dr hab. Agnieszka Tomas (to the address or as indicated by the professor.

Dr hab. Wiesław Więckowski

Interesting courses

Dear Students,
Please find attached information about the very interesting courses  offered by Dr. Francisco J. Núñez (assistant professor at CAŚ) during the winter semester on the subject related to the Iron Age in the Middle East. COURSES.

Remote office hrs

Dear Students,
if you need to contact me, please e-mail me first – after that we can meet on Google Meet and discuss the problem.

I remind you also that any applications should be submitted via USOS, after submitting it generate a PDF and send a copy to me using the email in the domain.
Dr. Wiesław Więckowski

Changes in exam schedule

Dear Students,
I hereby postpone all the remote exams which were to be conducted by prof. R. Chowaniec. You will be notified of the new date at least 7 days before it.

Other changes may be found here: schedule.
Please contact the Instructors for the up-to-date information.
Dr. Wiesław Więckowski

Exams summer 2020

Dear Students,
below you find the link to a list of exams taking place in the summer session. Instructors – please inform Students about the dates and requirements related to the applications used, Students – please contact the Instructors to clarify any doubts you may have.
I remind you about the requirement to use the addresses in the domain for all contacts and logins during the session (Information about accounts FOR STUDENTS, FOR EMPLOYEES).

List of reported exams and credits.

I would also like to remind all students:  if you want to submit any application by USOS, you need: 1) write it; 2) generate a PDF; 3) send a PDF with explanation by e-mail to the deputy student director; 4) ask the Instructor who support your claim to send an e-mail confirming the application (if necessary). You should use e-mail at domain.

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