Zooarchaeology

Zooarchaeological analysis

Our analysis includes vertebrate and invertebrate identification, comparing faunal remains with reference and comparative collections. We study the relative importance of each taxon through quantification methods, such as: minimum number of identifiable specimens, minimum number of individuals, minimum number of elements, etc.

We also make macroscopic and microscopic observations to identify taphonomical signatures of natural and anthropogenic origins (e.g. exploration of carcasses, use of by-products such as skin, and row-materials).

Additionally, the age of the death can be estimated to obtain mortality profiles, aiming to reconstitute causes of animal death and the use of animal across all range of human activities.

This service is completed with the provision of a technical report.

 

Please contact Dr. Cláudia Costa (cmcosta@ualg.pt) for more information and quotes.