Zooarchaeology @ UB

Zooarchaeology @ UB provides a forum for discussion about recent advances in zooarchaeolgy and to develop the Department’s faunal analysis capacity. Students and faculty from all regional, theoretical,  and methodological specializations are welcome to join us – we take a broad, collaborative approach to archaeological questions.

We have three ongoing and developing projects:

  • We maintain the Zooarchaeology Lab’s dermestid colony and we are developing our department’s animal osteological reference collection for student and faculty research,
  • We are engaged in research projects. The 2017-2018 project year includes avifaunal analysis for NSF award PLR-1522972, focusing on the study of climate shifts in he Eastern Aleutian Islands of Alaska.
  • We are planning a program of public outreach in local schools, where we’ll present The Zooarch Dermestids to young scientists to encourage interdisciplinary STEM interests from an early age.

Zooarchaeology @ UB has cooperative agreements with the Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy, UB’s Customer Service and Maintenance, and the farming and hunting community south of Buffalo. Our Salvage, Possesion and Collection permits with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service – Migratory Birds Division and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are allowing us to develop a synoptic Western New York faunal osteological collection.

All are welcome to visit our lab in 362 Spaulding Quad. Visit our Facebook page for activity updates!

Excavating composted deer and zebra skeletons.

Researching human | animal interactions in prehistory.