Dr Donna de Groene (UCC), who completed her PhD with the project in 2022, has published two new articles on her analysis of the zooarchaeological remains.

In Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Donna and colleagues integrate the zooarchaeological data from Bestansur, Ganj Dareh and Jarmo with stable isotopic analysis. This research sheds light on early sheep and goat management practices between 8,000 and 5,000 BCE, identifying evidence for foddering or transhumance.

In Antiquity, she presents evidence for active management for sheep and goat on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea during the Epipalaeolithic to Neolithic transition. The analysis by Donna and colleagues adds nuance to traditional models of domestication in Southwest Asia.

Both articles are fully open access and free to read online.