Bioarchaeology

[Engels]

This axis investigates the biotic environment during the Pleistocene and the Holocene, its evolution and its interactions with the physical environment and the humans:

  • Contributing to the debate on domestication and propagation history of animals and plants in Europe, by a combination of traditional palaeontological, archaeozoological and archaeobotanical studies with state-of-the-art analyses (geometric morphometrics, ancient DNA, stable isotopes).
  • Reconstructing the subsistence of past societies. The acquisition, production, distribution and consumption of animal and plant resources are reconstructed on a selection of archaeological sites dating between the Paleolithic and post-medieval times. Various disciplines are involved for the traditional bioarchaeological studies (archaeozoology, macrobotany, palynology, anthracology, analysis of phytoliths and starch grains, anthropology) and this is combined with stable isotope and residue analyses. For the two last millennia, attention is also focused on food as a reflection of social status and identity.
  • Documenting the human impact on the environment through geoarchaeological and bioarchaeological studies. Processes such as deforestation resulting in erosion, overgrazing, overhunting, overfishing, extinctions, invasions, and pollution are analyzed.

Research projects

01/04/2012 tot 30/09/2017

CORES: Comparing regionality and sustainability in Pisidia, Boeotia, Picenum and NW Gaul between Iron and Middle Ages (1,000 BC - AD 1,000)

Dit onderzoeksproject is enkel beschikbaar in het Engels

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01/10/2011 tot 30/09/2014

Divergent pathways to early food production and early complex societies: archaeozoological data from northeastern Africa

Dit onderzoeksproject is enkel beschikbaar in het Engels

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01/01/2010 tot 31/12/2014

The former occurrence of sturgeon in the North Sea: the contribution of archaeozoology and ancient DNA

Dit onderzoeksproject is enkel beschikbaar in het Engels

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01/01/2009 tot 31/12/2018

Prehistoric canids and the early domestication of the wolf

Dit onderzoeksproject is enkel beschikbaar in het Engels

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01/01/2007 tot 31/12/2014

Archaeosciences applied to sites in the Brussels Capital Region

Dit onderzoeksproject is enkel beschikbaar in het Engels

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01/01/2005 tot 31/12/2014

Archaeosciences applied to sites in Wallonia

Dit onderzoeksproject is enkel beschikbaar in het Engels

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01/01/1993 tot 31/12/2018

The Pleistocene fauna in Palaeolithic sites: the human-animal connection

Dit onderzoeksproject is enkel beschikbaar in het Engels

Engels versie

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