Archaeozoology

Archaeozoology primarily investigates zoological remains (mostly bones and teeth) from archaeological sites. Under consideration of archaeological data and available written or iconographic records, the results of these investigations are used in developing cultural-historical conclusions. The main research focus is on gaining insights on human diets. Further results concern faunal history and animal domestication, animal husbandry and hunting, economy, trade and crafts, hygiene and human and animal health, social organization, religion and culture.

Within the scope of the HiMAT project, animal bones from various, mostly Bronze Ages sites from mining areas were investigated (Mauken, Thaur-Kiechlberg, Kelchalpe, Fliess). In addition, we conducted wet sieving campaigns for the identification of small animal remains (Mitterberg, Mauken). Presently, archaeozoological material from Krahnsattel is being analyzed.