Research Group: Osteo-archaeology
Sonia Zakrzewski, Jaco Weinstock, Yannis Hamilakis and Jo Sofaer work in this area, together with Simon Mays (English Heritage) and Dale Serjeantson.
There are currently three full-time and six part-time research students registered in this field. They have developed Archaeology's traditional strengths in zooarchaeology and human osteology.
Currently Active: Yes
Jo Sofaer researches at the interface of bioarchaeology and social archaeology, considering aspects of age, sex and gender within society. Much of her research concentrates upon technological innovation and development, and its interface with the body. Yannis Hamilakis primarily focuses upon the social aspects of zooarchaeology, the archaeology of the human body (including the consuming body), bodily senses and bodily memory. The main focus of research undertaken by Jaco Weinstock is upon Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions and their relationships with humans. This is undertaken using traditional zooarchaeological and ancient DNA techniques.
Sonia Zakrzewski studies humans in the context of population diversity. She has been studied the skeletal changes associated with state formation in ancient Egypt, and recently has started working upon Islamic material from Medieval Spain.
Within the osteoarchaeology research area, the Laboratory for Social Zooarchaeology (LSZ) functions as both a spatial and conceptual focus for researching the relationship between humans and animals. It succeeds the Faunal Remains Unit, continuing the distinguished tradition of innovative zooarchaeological work carried out at the University since 1975.
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