Carly Henkel is a PhD candidate in Archaeobotany, based at the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC). She first joined The Cyprus Institute as a Research Assistant in Archaeobotany in January 2020 after receiving a BA degree in Archaeology and Medieval Studies from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada (2014) and an MSc degree in Archaeology, with a specialization in Archaeobotany, from Leiden University in The Netherlands (2019). Over the years, her studies and research have been funded by the Leiden Excellence Scholarship (LExS), the Andrew Sherratt Fund and the Outstanding Student Scholarship (CYI). Between degrees, Carly also worked as a contract archaeologist/ archaeobotanist at the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete, where she still maintains an affiliation. She has experience working both in the field and in the laboratory and endeavours to promote archaeology and archaeological sciences through public outreach initiatives. Her doctoral research investigates the role of plants in the ritual landscape of Bronze Age Crete.