Tsaghkahovit Plain (Project ArAGATS)

My work on human-animal relationships in the ancient past began with my participation in Project ArAGATS’ long-term collaborative archaeological research in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia. Starting with my dissertation research, I have been exploring how zooarchaeology and isotope analysis can expand our understanding of the inter-relations between humans and animals in the Late Bronze Age in the South Caucasus.

As part of the larger collaborative research project, I re-analyzed the large assemblage of Late Bronze Age faunal remains from the ArAGATS excavations of the sites of Gegharot and Tsaghkahovit and did a large isotopic study, looking at what radiogenic strontium and stable carbon and oxygen isotope analysis of faunal remains could tell us about mobility, seasonality, and herding.

Click here for more information about Project ArAGATS’ long-term collaborative research in Armenia.