Tamara Dogandžić

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow



Tamara Dogandžić is a Paleolithic archeologist with primary interests in investigating hominin behavior during the Pleistocene trough analysis of their material culture. Her work focuses on Neandertal adaptations and the variability of the Middle Paleolithic lithic industries. Her dissertation examined the variation and diachronic changes in Neandertal stone tool production patterns in the Balkans and further examined how the recognized trends relate to patterns observed elsewhere in Europe. As a field archeologist, she has participated in numerous excavations in Serbia, France, Mongolia, Kenya. She is currently co-directing an excavation project at two cave sites in Serbia that investigates human occupations during the Middle and Upper Paleolithic and particularly the context of the population replacement during the Neandertal demise and the colonization of modern humans. 

Research Interests:

Middle and Upper Paleolithic of Europe, Paleolithic of the Balkans, Middle Paleolithic, lithic technology, stone tool data analysis and experimentation, taphonomy and site formation processes, archaeological survey and excavation


Dogandžić, T., Đuričić, Lj., 2017. Lithic Production Strategies in the Middle Paleolithic of the Southern Balkans. Quaternary International

Archer, W., Pop, C.M., Rezek, Z., Schlager, S., Lin, S.C., Weiss, M., Dogandžić, T., Desta, D., McPherron, S.P. 2017. A geometric morphometric relationship predicts stone flake shape size and variability. Journal of Anthropological and Archeological Sciences

Dogandžić, T., Braun, D., McPherron, S.P., 2015, Edge Length and Surface Area of a Blank: Measures, Size Predictions and Utility. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0133984. Data available: https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1502667.v1

Oxilia, G., Peresani, M., Romandini, M., Matteucci, C., Debono Spiteri, C., Henry, A.G., Schulz, D., Archer, W., Crezzini, J., Boschini, F., Boscato, P., Jaouen, K., Dogandžić, T., Broglio, A., Moggi-Cecchi, J., Fiorenza, L., Hublin, J-J., Kullmer, O., Benazzi, S., 2015., Earliest evidence of dental caries manipulation in the Late Upper Palaeolithic, Scientific Reports 5:12150:1-10

Dogandžić, T., McPherron S., Mihailović, D., 2014, Middle and Upper Paleolithic in the Balkans: continuities and discontinuities of human occupations, in D. Mihailović (ed.), Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Research in the Central Balkans, Serbian Archaeological Society, Belgrade, pp. 81-94

McPherron, S.P., Braun, D., Dogandžić, T., Desta, D., Lin, S., Archer, W., 2014, An experimental assessment of the influences on edge damage to lithic artifacts: A consideration of edge angle, substrate grain size, raw material properties, and exposed face, Journal of Archaeological Science 49: 70:82

Soressi, M., McPherron, S.P., Lenoir, M., Dogandžić, T., Goldberg, P., Jacobs, Z., Maigrot, Y., Martisius, M., Miller, C.E., Rendu, W., Richards, M., Skinner, M.M., Steele, T., Talamo, S., Texier, J-P., 2013, Neandertals Made the First Specialized Bone Tools in Europe, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(35):14186-90

Gladyshev. S, Gunchinsuren, B., Jull A. J. T., Dogandžić, T., Zwyns, N., Olsen, J. W., Richards, M. P., Tabarev, A. V., Talamo, S., 2013, Radiocarbon dating of Paleolithic sites in the Ikh-Tulberiin-Gol River Valley, Northern Mongolia, Vestnik 12 (5):44-48

Zwyns, N., Gladyshev, S.A., Gunchinsuren, B., Bolorbat, Tsevendorj, Flas, D., Dogandžić, T., Tabarev, A., Gillam, J.C., Khatsenovich, A.M., McPherron, S.P., Odsuren, D., Paine, C. H., Purevjal, K-E., Stewart, J., 2014, The open-air site of Tolbor-16 (Nothern Mongolia): preliminary results and perspectives. Quaternary International, 347:53-65

Dogandžić, T. and McPherron S. P., 2013, Demography and the Demise of Neandertals: A Comment on “Tenfold Population Increase in Western Europe at the Neandertal-to- Modern Human Transition”, Journal of Human Evolution 64 (4):311-313 

Dogandžić T., 2012, Review of „Darlas, A. and D. Mihailović (eds.). 2008. “The Palaeolithic of the Balkans.” in PaleoAnthopology (2012)