Talk: Thursday 15 March 2018, 7.30 pm, at the Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College.
A bone to pick: (zoo)archaeology of the Cambridge region by Vida Rajkovaca
Doors open 7.15 pm; meeting begins 7.30 pm
Note: The Tony Cooper Suite is in the sixth form block behind the main school.
Animals as economic assets and the relationship between people and animals are only a few themes central to our understanding of past societies, their diet, economy and social rituals. Basics of zooarchaeology will be introduced first, by looking at what we study and how we exploit the evidence from the animal bone. This talk will then give a broad overview of the current status of faunal record we have for the region, by discussing a range of environmental, socio-economic and cultural changes that were taking place across the region over time.
If there is time and interest, there will be an opportunity to have a hands-on session with animal bone material at the end.
Originally trained in Palaeolithic zooarchaeology and the Pleistocene fauna in the Balkans, Vida now works as the zooarchaeologist for the CAU. With over ten years of experience working in the commercial sector, Vida has studied assemblages from prehistoric rural settlements, Romano-British sites both within Cambridge and on the outskirts, as well as from city centre sites. Vida especially enjoys studies of butchery practices as one of the main tools to understand a range social rituals of collective food procurement and sharing.