Institute of Archaeology


Where the Wild Things Were: People & Animals in Neolithic Anatolia & the Middle East

21 November 2023, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm

Painting of a prehistoric scene with people and animals (and people dancing around a circle of animal skulls) in a desert-like landscape with mountains in the distance (Image:  Judith Dobie (English Heritage))

Professor Louise Martin (UCL Institute of Archaeology) will give her Inaugural Lecture at UCL on 21 November.

This event is free.

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Prof Andrew Reynolds


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
United Kingdom


After domestication and the uptake of domesticated animals across the Middle East and Anatolia, human societies developed new strategies of living with animals, combining herding of livestock with hunting of wildlife. This talk explores variations in Neolithic subsistence practices, and the ways in which societies interacted with domestic and wild animals in terms of landscape use, knowledge exchange, social networks and ritual. It presents zooarchaeological research (the study of animal remains from archaeological sites) on human-animal relations to explore the role of wildlife, and wild locations, for sedentary villagers, seasonal herders and pastoral nomads in different configurations of Neolithic life.

Doors open at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. 

Image credit (top): Judith Dobie, English Heritage

About the Speaker

Louise Martin

Professor of Zooarchaeology at UCL Institute of Archaeology

Woman wearing a sunhat, sunglasses and lightcoloured t-shirt and trousers working on an archaeological site, kneeling and leaning against the side of a trench

Louise Martin is Professor of Zooarchaeology and runs the Zooarchaeology Research Lab at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. Her research focuses on hunting practices in the Near Eastern Epipalaeolithic, the appearance of domestic animals in the Neolithic, and how human groups incorporate animals into their lives, economically, socially and symbolically. Louise has led zooarchaeological research teams for major projects in the Middle East, Anatolia and southern Arabia.

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