Philip J. Piper

The Australian National University, Australia

I completed my PhD in Archaeology at the University of York and continued on to a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship through the British Arts and Humanities Research Council at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. I worked at the University of York as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and afterwards as a full-time Associate Professor in Archaeology at the University of the Philippines, Archaeological Studies Program until 2011. I co-coordinated the establishment of the Bioarchaeology Initiative in the Philippines, a project that built the foundations for archaeological science research in the country. Since November 2011 I have been employed as a Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University. As a zooarchaeologist/palaeoecologist my current research focuses on the transition from purely hunting and gathering to animal management in Mainland and Island Southeast Asia. My interest is not only on the earliest occurrences and origins of domestic animals within the local and regional context, but also how new relationships between animals and people influenced human economic, social and ideological behaviour during one of the most significant transformations in human history. I also have a keen interest in developing a better understanding of how the climatic transformations that occurred at the end of last glaciation and into the Holocene affected human subsistence strategies and behaviour. Other interests include palaeoecological reconstruction and the role that disciplines like zooarchaeology can play in aiding contemporary ecologists and zoologists in their efforts to preserve the biodiversity that currently exists in the region.

Biography Updated on 12 August 2012

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