The main objective of this PhD-project should be to achieve novel understandings of human-animal relations in archaeology, by using a combination of archaeological and cognitive research. Throughout prehistory, humans have shared the planet with other animals, in various multi-species environments. Animals have been tamed, bred, domesticated, buried, nurtured as pets and companions, in addition to being exploited for food and products. The project should utilize an interdisciplinary approach to better our understanding of changing relations between human and animals in past environments. By integrating archaeology or archaeometry, human-animal studies and cognitive studies, the project should aim to move beyond the purely practical uses of animals in archaeology, towards the study of human-animal engagements and interactions, or address how changing modes of entanglement between humans, wild and domestic animals impacted their everyday life-courses.
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