In February 2020 Alice Toso, one of our team members, was in Brazil to start the sampling for isotopic analysis.
The first week was spent at the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (MArquE) in Florianopolis where human and animal samples were prepared for shipping. The second week Alice was hosted by the Museu Arqueologico de Sambaqui in Joinville (MASJ) and the third week she moved north, to Curitiba, where she sampled human and animal collections hosted at the Museu de Arqueologia e Entologia of the Universidade Federal do Parana (MAE-UFPR). These partner institutions facilitated access to human and animal materials from numerous sites spanning between 4000 BP to the 18th century CE. The materials have been photographed, weighed and catalogued and are now waiting to be shipped after the approval for export and analysis from the Brazilian Cultural Heritage management institution (IPHAN).
While in the field Alice was also interviewed by a local newspaper on the nature of the project. You can find the link here https://www.nsctotal.com.br/noticias/museu-de-sambaqui-de-joinville-participa-de-projeto-internacional-sobre-pesca-na-america
We are looking forward to starting to work in the lab!