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Dr Jaco Weinstock 

Associate Professor

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Dr Jaco Weinstock is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

I am a lecturer in zooarchaeology.  I have experience in the analysis of faunal remains dating to different periods and geographical areas, from the Pleistocene and up to Early Modern times.  I have a BA in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I developed an interest in zooarchaeology during an MA in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy at the University of Sheffield. My PhD, carried out at the University of Tubingen (Germany) dealt with the body-size variability of reindeer in Europe and its relationship to climatic and environmental conditions.  After obtaining my PhD degree, I was employed for two years as assistant curator of Quaternary mammals at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart (Germany).  Before joining Archaeology at Southampton, I spent a few years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Ancient Biomolecules Centre, (Oxford University), and the Centre for GeoGenetics (Copenhagen) where I developed one of my current main research interests: the application of ancient DNA techniques to the problems of phylogenetics, phylogeography, and extinction of Pleistocene mammals.

Research interests

Zooarchaeology is an eclectic discipline, and as such, my research spans different approaches, time periods and geographical areas. Among my main current interests are the application of ancient DNA techniques in zooarchaeology and the use of zooarchaeological data to obtain insights about the role of the ‘central administration’ of ancient towns in their economy and subsistence.

Current projects in which I am involved include:

  • The use of palaeogenomic data in the investigation of ancient equids, including their evolution, domestication, hybridization and use. This research is being carried out in collaboration with in the Centre for GeoGenetics in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • The analysis of the faunal remains from Amara West, an Egyptian administrative town in northern Sudan, dating to the New Kingdom. Excavations by the British Museum in recent years have recovered tens of thousands of animal bone remains, which we are using to explore economic, social and cultural aspects of the life in the town.

In previous projects:  I have carried out research on the palaeobiology and extinction of large mammals towards the end of the last ice age - in particular through the use of palaeogenetics; this includes the study of the evolutionary history and extinction of equids, brown and cave bears, and South American camelids.

I have also undertaken more ‘traditional' zooarchaeological studies of faunal remains from Medieval sites in Britain and abroad, such as Tanners' Row (Pontefract), Scarborough Castle, Norwich, and Freiburg (Germany); Roman sites such as Castrop-Rauxel (Germany); and Neolithic enclosures such as Oberntudorf (Germany). I've been also involved in the study of animal remains from Troy (in today’s western Turkey) and Carthage (Tunisia).

PhD Supervision

y expertise in zooarchaeology enables me to supervise dissertations in a wide range of topics and time-periods within this field. I'd be interested in supervising postgraduate research on all aspects of the study of animal remains - including Pleistocene faunas – as well as topics involving palaeogenetic investigations (i.e. ‘ancient DNA').

I am currently co-supervising PhD dissertations on:

  • The tradition of fishery and fishing gear in the island of Cyprus
  • Changing Nature: Understanding Anthropogenic Influence On Nature Along The River Thames From The Early Neolithic To The Middle Bronze Age

Research group

Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins

Affiliate research groups

Osteoarchaeology, Human Evolution, Chronology, Dispersals and Lifeways

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PhD Supervision

My expertise in zooarchaeology enables me to supervise dissertations in a wide range of topics and time-periods within this field. Given my own current research interests, I'd be particularly interested in supervising postgraduate research on different aspects of Pleistocene faunas and topics that involve palaeogenetic investigations (i.e. ‘ancient DNA').

I am currently supervising PhD dissertations on:

  • Zooarchaeological investigations on the Romanisation in Britain and the Continent
  • The identification of mules through molecular and morphological techniques
Dr Jaco Weinstock
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number : 65/2201

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