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Mila Andonova
Assistant Professor
Division of Palaeobotany and Palynology
Institute of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
23 Academic Georgi Bonchev Str.
Floor 3, Room 336
Sofia - 1113
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ORCID: 0000-0003-4035-7517
Web of Science Researcher ID: ABG-1721-202

Curriculum vitae


◦ 2021 – present: Assistant Professor, Division of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
◦ 2019 - 2021: Post-doctoral Fellow, Curt Engelhorn Center for Archaeometry (CEZA), Mannheim, Germany, as part of THEFBO. Link:
◦ 2014 – 2021: Specialist (Archaeologist), Division of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
◦ 2012 – present: Freelance Interpreter with Greek and Bulgarian
◦ 2017: Teaching Associate, University of Nottingham
◦ 2015: Project Assistant, Museum of London Archaeology, Northampton (MOLA)
◦ 2014: Project Assistant, Museum of London Archaeology, London and Northampton (MOLA)
◦ 2013 - 2014: Environmental Archaeologist (Erasmus+ Trainee), University of Nottingham


◦ 2015 – 2020: PhD, Archaeology (Archaeobotany), University of Nottingham, UK.
◦ 2010 – 2015: MA, Archaeology (Aegean Prehistory), University of Crete, Greece.
◦ 2006 – 2010: BA, Cultural Studies, University of Sofia, Bulgaria.
◦ 2001 – 2006: National Lyceum for Ancient Languages and Cultures


◦ 2019: First Training School on Digitisation and Data Management Challenges in Small Collections –COST-Action MOBILISE (EU COST Action CA17106 - Mobilising Data, Experts and Policies in Scientific Collections)
◦ 2018: Micro-slides Preparation with Mechanical Microtome, Wood Anatomy Laboratory, Jodrell Laboratory, KEW Royal Botanic Gardens, London, UK with Chrissie Prychid and Dr Peter Gasson
◦ 2016: Anthracology, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU-Leuven, University of Leuven, Belgium with Dr Elena Marinova
◦ 2016: International Course on Wood Anatomy and Tree Ring Ecology, WSL - Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Klosters-Davos, Switzerland with Prof. Fritz Schweingruber, Dr Holger Gärtner and Dr Alan Crivellaro. Link:
◦ 2015: Anthracology, Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Nottingham, UK with Dr Llorenc Picornell
◦ 2014: Archaeobotany, Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Nottingham, UK with Dr Alexandra Livarda


◦ Bulgarian – native
◦ Greek – C2 (Γ2 – Center for Greek Language of the Greek Ministry of Education, Religion, Culture and Sports, 2012 & Certified Sworn Interpreter – Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2012)
◦ English – C2 (Cambridge English Language Assessment - Certificate IELTS 2014)
◦ French – A1 (Certificate of Achievement, University of Nottingham, 2017)
*According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


◦ European Computer Driving Licences - ECDL Core (2014)


◦ Construction Related Occupation (CRO, exp.2020) within the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
◦ Driving Licence - EU (2016), UK verified (2017)


◦ 2018 - 2019: Erasmus+ Traineeship Grant (Sending Institution: University of Nottingham, Host Institution: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria)
◦ 2014 - 2018: Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship for Research Excellence, University of Nottingham
◦ 2014-2015: Erasmus+ Traineeship Grant (Sending Institution: University of Sofia, Host Institution: University of Nottingham, UK)
◦ 2017: Faculty of Arts Modern Languages Grant: French
◦ 2017: Departmental Small Grant, Department of Classics & Archaeology, University of Nottingham
◦ 2009-2010: Erasmus Study Mobility Grant (Sending Institution: University of Sofia, Host Institution: University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece)

Research interests

Archaeobotany, Anthracology, Carpology, Archaeology, Prehistory, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, South-east Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Ethnobotany, Ethnography, Material Culture, Traditional Plant-based Crafts, Basketry



11. Andonova, M. (2021) Ancient basketry on the inside: X-ray computed microtomography for the non-destructive assessment of small archaeological monocotyledonous fragments: examples from Southeast Europe. Heritage Science 9, 158. DOI: 10.1186/s40494-021-00631-z, METRICS (WoS): IF 2.517, Q1.

10. Andonova, M. and Nikolov, V. (2021) Pots on Mats: Mat-impressed Salt-extraction Pottery at the Chalcolithic Provadia-Solnitsata, Bulgaria, Antiquity, Vol. 93, ISSN 17451744, 0003598X, pp. 51-66, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2021.145. METRICS (WoS): IF 1.953, Q1.

9. Leshtakov, K. and Andonova, M. (Eds.) (2021) Galabovo in Southeast Europe and Beyond. Cultural Interactions during the 3rd-2nd Millenium BC. Proceedings of the International Conference 24-27th October in the Town of Galabovo. Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press.

8. Andonova, M. (2021) In Search for Prehistoric Matting Plants: Mat-impressions on Pottery from Neolithic and Chalcolithic Bulgaria, In Azorin, M., Seijo, M., Bulto, O. et al. (eds.), The Missing Woodland resources: Archaeobotanical Studies of the Use of Plant Raw Material, Advances in Archaeobotany, Vol. 6, Barkhuis: Groningen, pp. 59-68, ISBN-13: 9789493194359.

7. Andonova, M., Boyadzhiev, K. and Boyadzhiev, Y. (2021) The Archaeobotany of Late Neolithic – Early Chalcolithic Varbishki dol (Bata, Panagyurishte municipality, Western Bulgaria): results from the rescue trail trenching campaign, Comptes rendus de l’Académie bulgare des Sciences, Vol 74, No. 2, pp. 241 - 249, ISSN 1310–1331 (Print), 2367–5535 (Online), DOI: 10.7546/CRABS.2021.02.11. METRICS: IF 0.343, Q2.

6. Andonova, M. (2020) Introduction to the Archaeobotany of Baskets: the Discipline and the Scientific Approaches, Archäologische Informationen aus Baden-Württemberg, 82, Verlag des Landesamtes für Denkmalpflege, pp. 29-36, ISSN:978-3-942227-45-2, DOI: 10.11588/propylaeum.643,

5. Leshtakov, K., Machev, Ph., Popova, Tz., Vangelov, D., Vangelova, V., Stoilkova, T., Petrova, V., Ilieva, D., Nikolova, N., Chavdarova, S., Andonova, M., Vasileva, Hr., Hristova, H., Zhelyazkov, Z., Dimitrov, D. and Blagoeva, N. (2019) Social Dimensions of Technology of Ceramic Production in Southeast Bulgaria in 6th - 2nd Mill. Interdisciplinary Studies XXVI, pp. 33 - 106, ISSN 0204-966X (Print); 2603-3232 (Online).

4. Livarda, A. and Andonova, M. (2019) Chapitre 6. Les Restes Archaéobotaniques Issus des Sondages au Bâtiment Dessenne, In Devolder, M. and Caloi, I. (eds.), Le Bâtiment Dessenne et les abords Sud-Ouest du palais dans l'établissement pré- et protopalatial de Malia, Études Crétoises 37, French School at Athens, ISBN:978-2-86958-301-2.

3. Andonova, M. (2017) Baskets from the mountain: an ethnobotanical approach to the Bakandjii tradition. ArchéOrient – le Blog, 22 septembre 2017, [online:].

2. Andonova, M. and Livarda, A. (2017) Die Archäobotanik von Kalapodi – ein vorläufiger Bericht, In Sporn. K. mit Beiträgen von Mila Andonova, Stefan Beirnath, Themistoklis Bilis, Wolfgang Czysz, Ioanna Dogani, Alicia Ferretti, Anne Fohgrub, Johanna Fuchs, Amerimimni Galanou, Dimitris Grigoropoulos, Nils Hellner, Thomas Hintermann, Hristina Ivanova, Eric Laufer, Alexandra Livarda, Maria Magnisali, Wolfgang Rabbel, Katharina Rusch, Harald Stümpel, Sandra Zipprich. Forschungen zur Anlage, Ausdehnung und Insfrastruktur des Heiligtmus von Kalapodi. Die Kampagnen 2016 – 2016, Mittelungen Des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Athenische Abteilung, Band 131/32: 226 – 230, ISSN 0342-1295 (Print). METRICS: ERIH PLUS Listed, SJR (Scimago) 0.102, Q4, H Index 5.

1. Andonova, M., Kopaka, K. and Sarpaki, A. (2014) Στατιστικά Δεδομένα Ποσότητας και Χορικής Κατανομής στο Κτήριο της Εποχής του Χαλκού στα Καταλύματα Γαύδου/Statistical Data For Quantitative And Distributional Patterns of Βio-archaeological Remains From The Bronze Age Building At Katalymata, Gavdos, in N. Zaharias (ed.), Proceedings of the Third ARCH_RNT Symposium at Kalamata: 83 – 94.


11. 2021, Million, S., Mischka, D., Bohm, S., Probst-Bohm, A., Andonova, M., Stelzner, I. and Banck-Burgess, J., The THEFBO -project: First insights into analysis and results on the Neolithic finds and Natural sciences, The Significance of Archaeological Textiles (24 - 25. 02. 2021, Online)

10. 2020, Andonova, M., Million, M., Stelzner, I., Archaeobotany of Basketry: Identification of Neolithic coiled baskets from the pile dwelling settlements of Lake Constance, Germany, Integrated Microscopy Approaches in Archaeobotany (15 - 16. 02. 2020), Reading, UK

9. 2019, Andonova, M., Archaeobotany of baskets in South-east Europe, 18th Conference of the International Workshop for Palaeoethnobotany (3.06 - 06. 06. 2019), Lecce, Italy

8. 2018, Andonova, M., Proposed Combined Approach Towards the Identification of Archaeological Basketry, Extended NECLIME Workshop: Climate and vegetation Evolution in the Paratethys and the Eastern Mediterranean (25. 09 – 01. 10. 2018), Sofia, Bulgaria

7. 2018, Andonova, M., In Search for Prehistoric Baskets: Mat/basketry Impressions on pottery from Neolithic Bulgaria and Greece, 25th Annual Symposium of the European Association of Archaeologists, Barcelona, Spain.

6. 2017, Andonova, M., Marinova, E., Dimitrova, D. An Integral Approach towards the Analysis of Ancient Mat weaving: The case of Kitova mound (Thrace, Bulgaria), 24th Annual Symposium of the European Association of Archaeologists, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

5. 2017, Andonova, M., Ethno-botany of Baskets: a Case Study from North Bulgaria, Postgraduate Archaeology Conference of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

4. 2017, Livarda, A., Veropoulidou, R., Tzevelekidi, V., Tsoraki, Ch., Picornell, L., Riera-Mora, S., Canellas, N., Kulick, R., Kriti, A., Andonova, M., Trivizas, M and Orengo, H. Minoan Foodways: A Cullinary Map of Palaikastro, Crete, in 118th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Toronto, Canada.

3. 2016, Andonova, M., The Baskets and the Basket-makers of Prehistoric South-east Europe: a Palaeoethnobotanical Approach, Postgraduate Archaeology Conference of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

2. 2012, Andonova, M, Kopaka, K, Sarpaki, A, In Search for New Archaeological Approaches. Significant Data for Spatial Distribution of Environmental remains at the Bronze Age Building at Katalymata (Gavdos)/Αναζητώντα; Νέες Αρχαιολογικές Προσεγγύσεις. Σημαίνοντα Προκαταρκτικά Στατιστικά Γραφήματα Διασποράς περιβαλλοντικών Δεδομένων στο Κτήριο της Εποχής του Χαλκού στα καταλύματα της Γαύδου, 3rd Symposium for Archaeological Research and New Technologies, Kalamata, Greece

1. 2011, Tzachili, I., Andonova, M., Στατιστικές Αναλύσεις της Κεραμεικής του Βρύσινα – Poster Presentation, Ιερό Κορυφής Βρύσινα: Δέκα Χρόνια Έρευνας, Επιστημωνική Συνάντηση, Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης, Ρέθυμνο


1. Technology and Archaeobotany of Plant-based Crafts, Session #493 of the 25th Annual Symposium of the European Association of Archaeologists, Barcelona, Spain (5 - 8.09.2018), Organised by: Martin Seijo, Maria (Universitade de Santiago de Compostela), Deforce, Koen (Royal Belgian Institute for natural Sciences, Flemish Heritage Institute), Bellavia, valentina (Bureau d’études archéologiques Eveha, Université Clermont Auverge), Andonova, Mila (University of Nottingham, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences).


2. 10.01.2017, Andonova, M., The Baskets and the Basketmakers of Prehistoric Southeast Europe. A Palaeoethnobotanical Approach: Current Stage of Research, Royal Museum for Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium

1. 01.12.2016, Andonova, M. The Baskets and the Basketmakers of Prehistoric Southeast Europe: Wood and Grass Anatomy, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Klösters – Davos, Switzerland.


Plant and Fungal Diversity and Resources
Palaeobotany and Palynology
Research group


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