Session: #481

Theme & Session Format

1. Artefacts, Buildings & Ecofacts
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

CANCELLED Something Old, Something New: Recent Insights into Zooarchaeology and Paleogenomics Applied to Archaeology
In recent years, zooarchaeology and genomics have worked closely together to clarify some questions about evolutionary biology, human impacts on ancient ecosystems and animal domestication. Considering the growing number of methodological advancements in aDNA, it is crucial to explore the link between both disciplines.
The latest advances in aDNA methods have contributed to a better understanding of animal domestication, improved faunal identification methods, and clarified the impact of human beings on past ecosystems. Likewise, zooarchaeology provides additional evidence for interpreting and contextualizing genetic results and if human remains are not available, animals can serve as proxies (e.g. human migration studies) in some cases. The combination of both disciplines allows the study of the global dispersal of animals throughout time, and the effects they have had on human societies and the environment. As aDNA analysis methods have greatly evolved, especially thanks to the Next Generation Sequencing applications, the scope of zooarchaeological studies has increased significantly. New methods in zooarchaeology, such as ZooMs or machine learning algorithms, have also contributed to our understanding of animal-human relationships.
This session aims to explore human-animal interactions (e.g. the assessment of subsistence strategies, foodways, animal domestication, ritual uses of animals in the past…) and mobility in the past, using examples from different case studies that combine recent zooarchaeology and paleogenomic approaches, highlighting the importance of multidisciplinary studies. Our view is not limited to a specific region, but rather we are interested in those contributions focused from Late Glacial Maximum to Iron Age. Thus, we welcome works that have employed analyses of animal bone remains using both traditional/non-traditional techniques in zooarchaeology (e.g linear measurements, geometric morphometrics, ZooMs, machine learning or other computational tools) in combination with paleogenomics to improve our understanding of animal-human relationships in the past. We especially encourage the participation of early career researchers.
zooarchaeology, genomics, ancient DNA, new methodologies, animal-human interactions
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Main organiser:
Ana Belén Galán López (France) 1
Natividad Lupiáñez Corpas (Spain) 2
2. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) / Universidad de Sevilla