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Dr Dora Szabo

Postdoctoral Research Associate

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Archaeology and History Department. I completed my PhD in Archaeology under the joint supervision of the University of Exeter and Cardiff University. My AHRC-funded research focused on the social organisation and subsistence strategies of early medieval settlements in Europe – particularly in Central Europe. I investigated early medieval households – the daily household activities, division of labour, gender roles, and the cooperation and competition of households – by integrating the results of material culture and landscape studies, historical sources, ethnographical observations, and bioarchaeological research.

I have recently returned to the University of Exeter after receiving an AHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship grant for my career development project plan. My six-month professional development project focuses on building cutting-edge data analytical skills through intensive learning of statistical concepts, analytical programmes, and tools. I am learning essential analytical skills – such as data cleaning, data ethics, problem-solving, critical thinking, and data visualization – as well as database (SQL) and programming (R and Python) languages.

As part of my professional development project, I am participating in the Pathways to Data Analytics training programme, the courses delivered by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) at Exeter, and engaging with the programmes and events of the Alan Turing Institute.

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