Humans, birds and avian migrations in prehistory

02 May 2024

Event: Humans, birds and avian migrations in prehistory: Evidence from zooarchaeological analysis of Eastern Jordanian faunal assemblages by Dr Lisa Yeomans

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2024 

Time: 6:00 pm (Amman time), 4:00 pm (London time). 

Format: Online. 

The CBRL Amman Institute is delighted to announce an exciting new lecture series titled ‘The Badia’, dedicated to exploring the rich cultural and environmental heritage of Jordan’s Eastern Desert. Scheduled throughout May and June 2024, this series offers a journey through four hybrid lectures presented by experts in the field.

The first lecture in this series will be presented by Dr Lisa Yeomans who is a zooarchaeologist interested in understanding the intricacies, causes and consequences of shifts in the entangled history of humans, animals and environments on a global scale, whilst datasets utilised in current research primarily derive from southwest Asia. Research focuses around several broad, interrelated themes: using zooarchaeological evidence to further our understanding of past environments, human subsistence strategies and changing human-animal interactions such as the shift to animal management.

Utilising multiple lines of evidence for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction improves our understanding of the past landscapes in which human populations interacted with other species. Avifaunal remains allow us to infer relationships between human and non-human animals, but also to reconstruct past habitats, because many bird species are sensitive to ecological conditions and will relocate or change their migrations. This paper presents work results of zooarchaeological analysis of bird remains from Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene sites in Eastern Jordan including results of palaeoproteomic identification of eggshell. This data shows changes in the breeding of waterfowl and other bird species reflecting how past habitats are influenced by climatic variations, anthropogenic niche construction behaviours and the interactions of many species drawn to wetland environments.

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