Faunal analysis

DSC_0041.JPGOur projects are based on the analysis of faunal material recovered from archaeological sites in the Levant, Caucasus and the U.S. Zooarchaeological (Zoo = animal and Archaeology = the study of ancient materials) analysis focuses on human dietary customs and subsistence patterns. This type of analysis emphasizes the analysis of medium to large mammals and utilizes our growing comparative collection and taphonomic collection. Paleoecological (Paleo = ancient and Ecology = the study of environment) analysis focuses on the analysis of the environment humans lived in. We use a variety of methods including microwear and ecomorphology with an emphasis on the analysis of small mammals such as rodents.


There are currently four major projects that we are working on:

  1. Paleoecology of early Homo
  2. Climate change during the last Glacial
  3. Climate change and the origin of domestication and sedentism
  4. Climate change during the Holocene

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