Digging up animal bones can teach us a lot about the Middle Ages – in fact, zooarcheologists are able to make them speak! Today’s guest is Erin Crowley-Champoux, a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. She talks with Lucie Laumonier about zooarchaeology and how animal remains of the past can speak to social changes.
Erin Crowley-Champoux is an archaeologist specializing in zooarchaeology and food. Her dissertation examines the development of a dairying economy from the Late Iron Age to the Early Medieval Period in Ireland. You can learn more about her work on her university page and Academia.edu page, or follow Erin on Twitter @erin_aisling
— Erin Crowley-Champoux (@erin_aisling) February 13, 2020
Erin recommends a couple of books: The Archaeology of Food: Identity, Politics, and Ideology in the Prehistoric and Historic Past, by Catherine Twiss, and The Social Archaeology of Food: Thinking about Eating from Prehistory to the Present, by Christine A. Hastorf.
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Lucie Laumonier is an affiliate assistant professor at Concordia University. Click here to view her Academia.edu page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on Medievalists.net, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.
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The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle
Top Image: Remains of animal bones discovered in a forest in North Yorkshire, England. Photo by Storye Book / Wikimedia Commons