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Food and diet of the pre-Columbian mound builders of the Patos Lagoon

New research article from TRADITION team (Chanca et al.). Check the abstract below: A constant and intense debate in South American archaeology stands on the origin and patterns of food production of ancient populations and the correlation of both aspects with demographic growth and social complexity. Some studies associated population growth with the shift from foraging to … Continued

Stable isotope evidence for dietary diversification in the pre-Columbian Amazon

New research article from TRADITION team (Colonese et al.). Check the abstract below: Archaeological research is radically transforming the view that the Amazon basin and surrounding areas witnessed limited societal development before European contact. Nevertheless, uncertainty remains on the nature of the subsistence systems and the role that aquatic resources, terrestrial mammalian game, and plants … Continued

150 years of anthropogenic impact on coastal and ocean ecosystems in Brazil

New research article from TRADITION team (Sandoval et al.). Check the abstract below: Human impact on coastal ecosystems is one of the greatest environmental threats of our times. An understanding of the scale and magnitude of species and habitat degradation requires a long-term perspective that incorporates historical information from a range of sources, including local newspapers. Here … Continued

2021 European Researchers’ Night

Last Wednesday our PI André Colonese gave a talk titled”𝗢𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘂𝗽𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲… 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗰𝗲𝗮𝗻 “, as part of the Nit de la Recerca at the Auditori Barradas in Hospitalet de Llobregat. These events are great for us to understand what the wider public thinks about our subjects. One member of the audience … Continued

Webinar in Marine Historical Ecology

Webinar in Marine Historical Ecology In 2020 and early 2021 we launched six free online webinars on Marine Historical Ecology to disseminate research in this ever-growing field to the general public and the broader scientific community. These provided a unique and enriching experience to the hundreds of people that attended the events, and to us … Continued

PhD training in Spain and sampling in Brazil

January-February 2020 – During January and February, TRADITION’s PhD student, Thiago Fossile, was spending lots of time in the Department of Preshitory’s Laboratori d’Arqueozoologia at UAB. Thiago’s PhD involves analysing archaeological faunal remains with a range of techniques (stable isotopes, bone taphonomy, metrics, palaeoproteomics) to investigate links between fishing, climate change, technology and historical events on aquatic resources from pre-Columbian to historical times. And … Continued

Sampling archaeological materials in Santa Catarina and Paraná state

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 … Continued

Adapting research to COVID-19

Our sampling programme and lab work in Brazil and Spain have been put on hold due to the current situation with Coronavirus. We are working from home (reviewing literature, working on meta-analyses of published data, improving/developing protocols, planning and networking), adapting to this new reality while staying connected and having periodic meetings. We are all … Continued

International research workshop with policy-makers and stakeholders in Brasilia

March 2020 – The PI attended a research workshop in Brasilia (Brazil) hosted by CNPq and promoted by the Conselho Nacional das Fundações de Amparo à Pesquisa (Confap), in partnership with the British Academy and Newton Fund. The workshop involved researchers across all career stages who were interested in an interdisciplinary discussion on issues related … Continued

Sampling archaeological materials in Salvador

March 2020 – The second round of meetings in Brazil with TRADITION partners started in March at the Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia – thank you to Professor Carlos Alberto Etchevarne for your support and collaboration. We were planning to also meet Professors Tania Andrade Lima and Andrea Lessa at the Museu Nacional da Universidade … Continued