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Arctic Domus team member Anna-Kaisa Salmi launches new ERC project on domestication

Arctic Domus team member Anna-Kaisa Salmi launches new ERC project on domestication
17 January - 17 April 2018

Arctic Domus team member Anna-Kaisa Salmi is leading a new ERC funded project on reindeer domestication, titled Domestication in Action: Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction. The project's first meeting is on 24 January, 2018, at the University of Oulu.

Project Description: Domestication in Action project brings together researchers from various fields to create new methods and concepts for identification and interpretation of animal domestication, with a case study pertaining to reindeer domestication among the indigenous Sámi in northern Fennoscandia. In stead of tranditional identification methods and definitions of domestication, we focus on interactions between humans and animals as markers of domestication. We will create methods for identification of human-reindeer interactions, such as draught use and feeding, in the archaeological record. The methodological package includes physical activity reconstruction through entheseal changes, pathological lesions and bone cross-sections, and analysis of stable isotopes as and indicator of animal diet. We also engage in participant ethnography among reindeer herders to understand human-reindeer interaction in the context of present-day racing reindeer training and reindeer feeding. Finally, the methods and insights gained will be applied to archaeological assemblages and the results will be checked against aDNA data to examine changing human-animal relationships among the Sámi.

The project is hosted at the University of Oulu and funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant 2017 756431) and the Academy of Finland (Project 308322)."

For more information, visit Domestication in Action's project website here.


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