Research interests

My research is mainly focused on the history of human-animal relationships through archaeological evidence, and I mainly work on animal husbandry, social differentiation through diet and taphonomy of historical periods, from Roman to Contemporary times. So far, I have carried out my research in Spain, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.

My main areas of interest include:

  • Animal husbandry
  • Social differentiation through diet
  • Biometry
  • Exploitation of birds
  • Taphonomy
  • Worked bone and antler

I also love communicating archaeological research to the general public. I participate in public engagement activities whenever I have the chance, and I am very active in different forms of social media for myself and for the research groups and projects that I am part of.

Curriculum Vitae

Since September 2018 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Integrative Prähistorische und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA) at the University of Basel (Switzerland), with the project: ‘Supplying ancient empires and medieval economies: Changes in animal husbandry between the Late Roman period and the Early Middle Ages in the Rhine Valley — ZooRoMed.  
Since 2016 Assistant Editor of the ICAZ (International Council of Archaeozoology) Newsletter.
Since 2017 Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom).  
Jan-Dec 2017 Postdoctoral fellow funded by the Basque Government at the Department of Geography, prehistory and Archaeology at the University of the Basque Country.  
Jan 2015- Dec 2016 Postdoctoral fellow funded by the Basque Government at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom).  
Sept-Nov 2014 Postdoctoral Research Affiliate at the AHRC funded project "Changing Scientific and Cultural Perspectives on Human-Chicken Interactions", Department of Archaeology at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom).
2014 PhD in Archaeology: "The Zooarchaeology of Medieval Alava in its Iberian context", Dpt. of Geography, Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). Supervisors: Juan Antonio Quirós Castillo (U. of the Basque Country) and Umberto Albarella (U. Sheffield).  
2009 D.E.A. (Certificate of Advanced Studies, equivalent to a MSc) in Medieval Archaeology, Dpt. of Geography, Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of the Basque Country (Spain).
Sept 2007-Sept 2011

Postgraduate researcher, PhD fellowship funded by the Spanish Ministery of Science, at the the Department ofGeography, prehistory and Archaeology at the University of the Basque Country (Spain).

2006 Bachelor in History, Fac. de Letras, University of the Basque Country (Spain).
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Dr. Idoia Grau Sologestoa
Integrative Prähistorische und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA)
Spalenring 145
4055 Basel

Tel: +41 61 207 42 47