Ariadna Nieto

Ariadna Nieto Espinet

CONTRACT SCIENTIST
(ERC-StG 716298)

I am an archaeologist specialised on animal remains (zooarchaeologist), and I study livestock management, food and ritual practices of human communities of Western Europe in the past. I specialise on Late Prehistory and Classical Antiquity.

I am currently working as postdoctoral researcher on the ERC-StG project: “ZoomWest: Zooarchaeology and Mobility in the Western Mediterranean from the Late Bronze Age to Late Antiquity” (https://zoomwest11.wixsite.com/zoomwest). The project is focused on the analysis of mobility as a factor to understand ancient economy based on zooarchaeological remains. The research I am developing builds on my previous work developed in the frame of a post-doctoral fellowship at the Labex-ARCHIMEDE / CNRS-AMR 5140 (Montpellier, France) as well as the work developed during my PhD on the Catalan Occidental Plain. The approach developed in my current position includes osteoarchaeology, biometry, isotopic analysis (strontium, carbon and oxygen), ancient DNA and dental microwear.

In addition to the previous research lines, my research also includes ethnographic work with herders in Europe. The objective is to establish a reference base that can be used as a comparative framework to better understand animal production in the past. This research focuses on livestock feeding, mobility and transhumance as well as livestock management (sheep/goat, cow and pigs).

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • NIETO-ESPINET A., Trentacoste A., Guimarães S. & Valenzuela-Lamas S. (in press). Continuïtats i canvis en la ramaderia a Catalunya del primer mil·leni a.n.e a l’Antiguitat tardana. Adaptació ecològica o canvis socio-polítics? Tribuna d’Arqueologia
  • NIETO-ESPINET A., Valenzuela-Lamas S., Bosch D. & Gardeisen A. 2020. Livestock production, politics and trade: a glimpse from Iron Age and Roman Languedoc. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 30, 102077.
  • Grandal-d’Anglade A., Albizuri S., NIETO-ESPINET A., Majó T., Agustí B., Alonso N., Antolín F., López J.B., Moya A., Rodríguez A. & Palomo A. 2019. Dogs and foxes in Early-Middle Bronze Age funerary structures in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula: human control of canid diet at the sites of Can Roqueta (Barcelona) and Minferri (Lleida). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11/8, pp. 3949-3978.
  • Trentacoste A., NIETO-ESPINET A. & Valenzuela-Lamas S. 2018. Pre-Roman improvements to agricultural production: Evidence from livestock husbandry in late prehistoric Italy. PLoS ONE 13(12): e0208109 [DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0208109]
  • NIETO-ESPINET A., Valenzuela-Lamas S. & Orengo H.A. 2017. Camins Ancestrals. Aportacions de l’arqueologia a l’estudi dels orígens de la transhumància a Catalunya. Actes del I Congrés de Transhumància i Camins Ramaders de Catalunya (7, 21 i 28 d’octubre de 2016, Universitat de Lleida), pp. 45-58 [ISBN: 978-84-697-4839-8]

Ariadna Nieto Espinet

I am an archaeologist specialised on animal remains (zooarchaeologist), and I study livestock management, food and ritual practices of human communities of Western Europe in the past. I specialise on Late Prehistory and Classical Antiquity.

I am currently working as postdoctoral researcher on the ERC-StG project: “ZoomWest: Zooarchaeology and Mobility in the Western Mediterranean from the Late Bronze Age to Late Antiquity” (https://zoomwest11.wixsite.com/zoomwest). The project is focused on the analysis of mobility as a factor to understand ancient economy based on zooarchaeological remains. The research I am developing builds on my previous work developed in the frame of a post-doctoral fellowship at the Labex-ARCHIMEDE / CNRS-AMR 5140 (Montpellier, France) as well as the work developed during my PhD on the Catalan Occidental Plain. The approach developed in my current position includes osteoarchaeology, biometry, isotopic analysis (strontium, carbon and oxygen), ancient DNA and dental microwear.

In addition to the previous research lines, my research also includes ethnographic work with herders in Europe. The objective is to establish a reference base that can be used as a comparative framework to better understand animal production in the past. This research focuses on livestock feeding, mobility and transhumance as well as livestock management (sheep/goat, cow and pigs).

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • NIETO-ESPINET A., Trentacoste A., Guimarães S. & Valenzuela-Lamas S. (in press). Continuïtats i canvis en la ramaderia a Catalunya del primer mil·leni a.n.e a l’Antiguitat tardana. Adaptació ecològica o canvis socio-polítics? Tribuna d’Arqueologia
  • NIETO-ESPINET A., Valenzuela-Lamas S., Bosch D. & Gardeisen A. 2020. Livestock production, politics and trade: a glimpse from Iron Age and Roman Languedoc. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 30, 102077.
  • Grandal-d’Anglade A., Albizuri S., NIETO-ESPINET A., Majó T., Agustí B., Alonso N., Antolín F., López J.B., Moya A., Rodríguez A. & Palomo A. 2019. Dogs and foxes in Early-Middle Bronze Age funerary structures in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula: human control of canid diet at the sites of Can Roqueta (Barcelona) and Minferri (Lleida). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11/8, pp. 3949-3978.
  • Trentacoste A., NIETO-ESPINET A. & Valenzuela-Lamas S. 2018. Pre-Roman improvements to agricultural production: Evidence from livestock husbandry in late prehistoric Italy. PLoS ONE 13(12): e0208109 [DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0208109]
  • NIETO-ESPINET A., Valenzuela-Lamas S. & Orengo H.A. 2017. Camins Ancestrals. Aportacions de l’arqueologia a l’estudi dels orígens de la transhumància a Catalunya. Actes del I Congrés de Transhumància i Camins Ramaders de Catalunya (7, 21 i 28 d’octubre de 2016, Universitat de Lleida), pp. 45-58 [ISBN: 978-84-697-4839-8]