Session: #104

Theme & Session Format

4. Persisting with Change: Theory and Archaeological Scrutiny
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Zoochanges: Animals as Proxies during Periods of Transition and Change
During the last years, the study of animal remains benefited, among others, from the implementation of molecular, isotopic and biometric techniques. These, together with other more traditional approaches, allow for the acquisition of a wide variety of information aiming to characterize human-animal relations and dynamics through time and space. In parallel, socio-cultural transitions and periods of climate fluctuation maintain their relevance in wider archaeological studies. The study of animal remains increasingly became an area of research that can enrich our knowledge in scenarios where human and environmental impacts had repercussions in animals, their management and exploitation. This session aims to bring together specialists working on the study of faunal remains with different methodologies independently of geography and chronology, aiming to understand human-animal and human-landscape relations during times of archaeological and environmental transitions and changes. Case studies and broader approaches are acceptable but studies where different techniques are combined are preferable.
zooarchaeology, diet, mobility, biometry, aDNA, diachrony
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Main organiser:
Nelson Almeida (Portugal) 1,2
Silvia Valenzuela-Lamas (Spain) 3
Allowen Evin (France) 4
Elizabeth Wright (United Kingdom) 5
Cleia Detry (Portugal) 6,7
1. Department of History, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal
2. Uniarq, Centre for Archaeology, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
3. Archaeology of Social Dynamics (ASD), Institució Milà i Fontanals de Recerca en Humanitats, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IMF-CSIC), Spain
4. Institute of Evolutionary Science-Montpellier (ISEM), University of Montpellier, CNRS, EPHE, IRD, Montpellier, France
5. BioArCh, Department of Archaeology, University of York, York, UK
6. Uniarq, Centre for Archaeology, University of Lisbon
7. School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal