Wim Van Neer
tel: +32 16 37 36 37
My research focusses on the past relationship between man and animal in his environment, as reflected in faunal assemblages from archaeological sites in Europe, the Near East and Africa. Faunal remains (mainly bones and teeth) are identified with the help of comparative osteological collections. Interpretation focusses on the subsistence of past societies and involves the reconstruction of food procurement strategies (hunting, domestic stock keeping and fishing), the relationship between food and status or identity (you are what you eat), the establishment of former trade relationships and the role of animals in ritual and religion. Faunal remains also allow documenting climatic changes and human impact on the environment (deforestation, overgrazing, overfishing, overhunting, local extinction and pollution). This type of archaeozoological analysis adds a historical dimension to biodiversity studies and look back further in time than zoological field studies or historical documents.
- Van Neer W., Linseele V., Friedman R., De Cupere B. 2014. More evidence for cat taming at the Predynastic elite cemetery of Hierakonpolis (Upper Egypt). Journal of Archaeological Science. vol. , pp. 103-111
- Linseele V., Van Neer W., Thys S., Phillipps R., Cappers R., Wendrich W., Holdaway S. 2014. New Archaeozoological Data from the Fayum ‘‘Neolithic’’ with a Critical Assessment of the Evidence for Early Stock Keeping in Egypt. PLoS One. vol.9(10)
- Van Neer W., Ervynck A., Lentacker A., Bastiaens J., Deforce K., Thieren E., Sergant J., Crombé P. 2013. Hunting, gathering, fishing and herding: animal exploitation in sandy Flanders (NW Belgium) during the second half of the 5th millennium BC. Environmental Archaeology. vol.18 (2) , pp. 87-101
- Fuller B., Müldner G., Van Neer W., Ervynck A., Richards M. 2012. Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratio analysis of freshwater, brackish and marine fish from Belgian archaeological sites (1st and 2nd millennium AD). Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry. vol. , pp. 807-820
- Van Neer W., Ervynck A. 2010. Defining ‘natural’ fish communities for fishery management purposes: biological, historical and archaeological approaches. In Ecologies and Economies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Studies in Environmental History for Richard C. Hoffmann. Bruce S. (eds.) Brill (Leiden/Boston) , pp. 193-223