Silvia Valenzuela

Silvia Valenzuela Lamas

CONTRACT SCIENTIST
(ERC-StG 716298)

I am currently the PI of the ERC-StG project: ‘ZooMWest: Zooarchaeology and Mobility in the Western Mediterranean from the Late Bronze Age to Late Antiquity’. The project is focused on the analysis of mobility as a factor to understand ancient economy based on zooarchaeological remains. Specific questions under investigation include changes in animal husbandry, the introduction of livestock, the influence of local culture and the permanence of dietary practices across time and space. The methodological approach includes zooarchaeology, biometry, isotopic analysis (strontium, carbon and oxygen), ancient DNA and dental microwear. This is the first time that such a broad time-span and multidisciplinary approach is developed in Iberia and Northern Italy.

Together with Sabine Deschler-Erb, I am the coordinator of the ICAZ Roman Period Working Group. This international network currently groups more than 110 researchers, and it is a privileged platform to discuss the impact of the Roman Empire in a pan-European scale and beyond.

My research topics of interest include:

  • Animal husbandry and mobility
  • Cultural and social differences
  • Economic history
  • Sustainability

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • Fages, A.; Hanghøj, K.; (…), VALENZUELA-LAMAS, S.; Viegas, C.; Wallner, B.; Weinstock, J.; Zaibert, V. & Orlando, L. 2019. Tracking five millennia of horse management with extensive ancient genome time-series. Cell [DOI 10.1016/j.cell.2019.03.049]
  • Ibáñez, J.; Jiménez-Manchón, S.; Blaise, E.; Nieto-Espinet, A. & VALENZUELA-LAMAS, S. 2020. Discriminating management strategies in modern and archaeological domestic caprines using low-magnification and confocal dental microwear analyses. Quaternary International [DOI 10.1016/j.quaint.2020.03.006]
  • 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
  • VALENZUELA-LAMAS, S. Animal mobility in Iberia during Late Prehistory and Classical times: analytical methods, first data, and challenges for the near future. Pyrenae 51/1, pp. 1-21 [DOI 10.1344/Pyrenae2020.vol51num1.1]
  • VALENZUELA-LAMAS, S.; Orengo, H.; Bosch, D.; Pellegrini, M.; Halstead, P.; Nieto-Espinet, A.; Trentacoste, A.; Jiménez-Manchón, S.; López-Reyes, D. & Jornet, R. 2018. Shipping amphorae and shipping sheep? Livestock mobility in the north-east Iberian peninsula during the Iron Age based on strontium isotopic analyses of sheep and goat tooth enamel. PLoS ONE 13(10), e0205283.

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Silvia Valenzuela Lamas

I am currently the PI of the ERC-StG project: ‘ZooMWest: Zooarchaeology and Mobility in the Western Mediterranean from the Late Bronze Age to Late Antiquity’. The project is focused on the analysis of mobility as a factor to understand ancient economy based on zooarchaeological remains. Specific questions under investigation include changes in animal husbandry, the introduction of livestock, the influence of local culture and the permanence of dietary practices across time and space. The methodological approach includes zooarchaeology, biometry, isotopic analysis (strontium, carbon and oxygen), ancient DNA and dental microwear. This is the first time that such a broad time-span and multidisciplinary approach is developed in Iberia and Northern Italy.

Together with Sabine Deschler-Erb, I am the coordinator of the ICAZ Roman Period Working Group. This international network currently groups more than 110 researchers, and it is a privileged platform to discuss the impact of the Roman Empire in a pan-European scale and beyond.

My research topics of interest include:

  • Animal husbandry and mobility
  • Cultural and social differences
  • Economic history
  • Sustainability

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • Fages, A.; Hanghøj, K.; (…), VALENZUELA-LAMAS, S.; Viegas, C.; Wallner, B.; Weinstock, J.; Zaibert, V. & Orlando, L. 2019. Tracking five millennia of horse management with extensive ancient genome time-series. Cell [DOI 10.1016/j.cell.2019.03.049]
  • Ibáñez, J.; Jiménez-Manchón, S.; Blaise, E.; Nieto-Espinet, A. & VALENZUELA-LAMAS, S. 2020. Discriminating management strategies in modern and archaeological domestic caprines using low-magnification and confocal dental microwear analyses. Quaternary International [DOI 10.1016/j.quaint.2020.03.006]
  • 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
  • VALENZUELA-LAMAS, S. Animal mobility in Iberia during Late Prehistory and Classical times: analytical methods, first data, and challenges for the near future. Pyrenae 51/1, pp. 1-21 [DOI 10.1344/Pyrenae2020.vol51num1.1]
  • VALENZUELA-LAMAS, S.; Orengo, H.; Bosch, D.; Pellegrini, M.; Halstead, P.; Nieto-Espinet, A.; Trentacoste, A.; Jiménez-Manchón, S.; López-Reyes, D. & Jornet, R. 2018. Shipping amphorae and shipping sheep? Livestock mobility in the north-east Iberian peninsula during the Iron Age based on strontium isotopic analyses of sheep and goat tooth enamel. PLoS ONE 13(10), e0205283.

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