Dr Margarethe Rose Uerpmann has been working as an archaeologist and archaeozoologist in the Near and Middle East for more than 30 years. She is affiliated to the Institutes of Early Prehistory and Scientific Archaeology at the University of Tübingen (Germany). A major focus of her research has been on south-east Arabia where she worked in the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Apart from flint technology, she studies the particularities of Neolithic subsistence in this part of the world. Sites in the Mleiha area – bhs-18 and fay-ne-15, where she co-directed the excavations – have become key sites for these topics.