Dog skull

Dr Melanie Fillios

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‘The fate of animals…is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.’ Émile Zola

From fisher/hunter/gatherer nomadic communities to settled agriculturalists, the human-animal relationship has had a profound impact on societal development. Whether initially as commensal or intentional domesticates, dogs, sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, and other species, have been intrinsic to global cultural transformations. The Australian Centre for Domesticate & Commensal research (ACDCr) seeks to better understand the evolution and development of this relationship by bringing an interdisciplinary research focus that combines a wide range of analytic (e.g. aDNA, stable isotope, X-ray tomography), and conventional zooarchaeological approaches. With an international research scope, current focus areas of ACDCr range from the phylogeography of dingoes, Mediterranean domesticates and socio-economic complexity in the Bronze and Iron Ages, to colonial food preferences and migrations.

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Current research projects

  • ‘Riding on the sheep’s back’: Domesticate Experimentation and Innovation in early Colonial Australia.
  • ‘On the tail of the dingo: mapping the translocation of dingoes to Australia’

Teaching Zooarchaeology

In 2017 we begin an innovative new method in teaching zooarchaeology using 3D virtual imaging. This technology will enable everyone to study zooarchaeology completely online. So whether you are a student interested in learning faunal analysis, or a professional archaeologist wanting to up-skill, come and see what we offer.

Other Resources

  • UNE Osteoarchaeological teaching/research collection / comparative zooarchaeology
  • 3D Virtual Imaging
  • LM / SEM (EDS)
  • DNA
  • Stable isotopes
  • ABC Sydney 702 Drive with Richard Glover April 4, 2016
  • ABC New England April 4, 2016
  • ABC Northern Territory April 4, 2016
  • ABC Western Australia April 4, 2016
  • Radio 2UA Sydney April 4, 2016
  • ABC New England April 19, 2016 – Creepy but curious with Anna Moulder
  • Science Magazine April 1, 2016
  • The Australian April 4, 2016
  • The Brisbane Times April 1, 2016
  • The Sydney Morning Herald April 1, 2016
  • Vesti Russia April 5, 2016
  • The Daily Mail, UK April 7, 2016
  • Archaeology News Network April 5, 2016 “DNA study suggests Australian dingo may have originated in South Sulawesi, Indonesia”
  • ABC Rural April 6, 2016 `
  • Animal management in rural and remote Indigenous communities (amrric) online May 2016