Category: Bioarchaeology

“Food and culture: stories of the past” – a review of 2 new publications

This year the ‘archaeology of food’ field has been enriched by several new publications. Dr Alexandra Livarda, co-editor with Dr Katheryn Twiss (Stony Brook University, New York) of the Elements Series ‘Archaeology of Food’ (Cambridge University Press), was invited to review two of these: Robyn E. Cutright. 2021. The story of food in the human past: how what we ate made us…
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Success of the first year of experimental cultivations

In our last post reporting on our experimental cultivations you could see our greenhouse and our fields blooming in the spring and later already mature and yellow before the harvest. We had just begun the harvest after a challenging season with late rains and hoping for the best. We are now extremely happy to report…
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Experimental cultivations & the creation of a new methodological tool for archaeobotanical investigations

Reporting Alexandra Livarda and Alexandra Kriti Archaeobotany and the study of seeds and grains can be very frustrating, especially when compared to other bioarchaeological disciplines, like zooarchaeology. Let us explain: when you have an animal bone you can get all sorts of information. You can tell what animal it is, but also, the sex, age,…
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GIAP goes to India: a new project investigates the origins of the Indus Civilisation

One of the c. 50 burial chambers excavated so far at Juna Khatiya. Note the mounted structure, which was covered with a sandstone block. Hi, this is Francesc! I’m a postdoctoral fellow at GIAP, and this is my first blog post – just about time! I joined ICAC during the worst months of the pandemic…
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A new tenure track position at ICAC: focus in archaeozoology

On the 1st of March Lídia Colominas joined the permanent staff of ICAC/GIAP with a Ramón y Cajal contract.   Dr Colominas is an archaeozoologist, with a particular emphasis on the Mediterranean between the 5th century BC and the 5th century AD. Her work has focused on the development of 4 main research lines: animal husbandry, animal trade,…
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Launching the new GIAP webinar series with Dr. Veronica Aniceti

GIAP’s new webinar series ‘Recent Advances in the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean’ is hosting Dr Veronica Aniceti on the 24th of February at 18:00 (CET). Dr Aniceti will be talking about ‘Animals and their roles in the medieval society of Sicily‘. You can join the talk here: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NTRhOGEwZmItNmE2NS00OTk3LWE5ZDctYmZiYjgxNmY2MzI3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22eb2b7ec4-04ec-4a5a-9ee3-d87fa14c34a3%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2210757a50-8e76-431d-8481-84f0a94efc2d%22%7d Here is a taster of what…
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Meet our new MSCA fellows: Drs. Efrosyni Boutsikas & Charlotte Diffey

Skyscapes, religion, plants and ancient economy are some of the themes to be investigated by the two successful 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie fellows that will join GIAP. They are two brilliant female researchers: Dr Efrosyni Boutsikas and Dr Charlotte Diffey. Both of them will be working on the Aegean with new technologies, involving loads of…
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Mediterranean polyculture revisited: new insights into the prehistory of Crete

Figure 1. Part of the environmental team at the flotation station 2021 started with the publication of the third paper of the bioarchaeology-palaeoenvironment-landscape team of the PALAP research project (Palaikastro Phase 4. Urbanisation in Bronze Age Crete: between palace and landscape at Palaikastro). The project (2012-5) involved: Excavation of part of the Bronze Age (Minoan)…
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Christmas reflections and ‘bones festes’!

GIAP’s last weekly meeting for 2020 (lacking Iban Berganzo). With all our very best wishes for 2021! Time has flown, in a few days 2020 will be over and just a few days ago we had our final weekly GIAP meeting for the year…although without online drinks and nibbles. We leave these for next year…
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