Rita Dias


Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro


ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2999-3133

Research Interests

• Zooarchaeology
• Fish remains
• Prehistory
• Sclerochronology
• Stable Isotopes
• Seasonality
• Palaeoenvironment
• Ecologic adaptations
• Settlement Patterns
• Subsistence Patterns

Short Bio

Archaeologist, specialized in Zooarchaeology, more specifically in Ichthyological remains and seasonality  studies through the use of Sclerochronology and Stable isotopes analysis on fish remains. I have successfully applied to external funding to pursue training in Scleochronology at the Sclerochronology Laboratory at Bangor University (Wales, UK) and, to due sclerochronological and stable isotope analysis on fish remains from the Cabeço da Amoreira Mesolithic Shell Midden (Santarém, Portugal). I have also attended DEST training ‘Fish Osteology’ given by Prof. Van Neer and his assistant Wim Wouters at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels. The results of my PhD investigation have so far been published in International Peer Reviewed Journals and hopefully are a contribution for the development of the use of Sclerochronology and Stable Istotopes use in the Archaeological Science through the establishment of suitable methodologies for archaeological remains.
I have established collaboration relationships with researchers from both Portuguese and foreign research centers like the Hercules Laboratory (University of Évora, Portugal) and the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, at the University of Cardiff (Wales, UK).

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Key Publications

• Dias, R., Estrella-Martínez, J., Butler, P., Nederbragt, A., Hall, I.R., Barrulas, P., Maurer, A.F., Cardeira, A. M., Mirão, J., Detry, C. and Bicho, N. (in press). Mesolithic human occupation and seasonality: Sclerochronology, δ18O isotope geochemistry and diagenesis verification by Raman and LA-ICP-MS analysis of Argyrosomus regius (Meagre) sagittae otoliths from layer 1 of Cabeço da Amoreira Mesolithic Shellmidden (Muge, Portugal). Journal of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.

• Dias, R., Detry, C. and Bicho, N. (2016). Changes in the exploitation dynamics of small terrestrial vertebrates and fish during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in the SW Iberian Peninsula: A review. Holocene, 26(6): 964-984. Link

• Dias, R. and Detry, C. (2014). So many rabbits! Small animal’s dietary role in the Mesolithic shellmidden of Cabeço da Amoreira (Muge, Central Portugal) – preliminary results. In C. Detry and R. Dias (eds.), Proceedings of the First Zooarchaeology Conference in Portugal. British Archaeological Reports, 2662: 11-18. Link