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The Australian National University

Dr Sofia C. Samper Carro

B.A. History,M.Sc. Paleontology, M.Sc. Osteoarchaeology, Ph.D. Prehistoric Archaeology
Lecturer in Archaeology, Ph.D. researcher
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeological Science 210102
  • Animal Systematics And Taxonomy 060301
  • Zoology 0608
  • Archaeology 2101

Research interests

Hominid subsistence strategies; Taphonomy; Zooarchaeology; Island Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa archaeology; Faunal analysis; Neanderthals-AMH lifestyle; Geometric morphometric; GIS; Human behaviour; Bone tools



Sofia received a Bachelor of History from the Autonomous University of Madrid, a Master of Palaeontology from the Complutense University of Madrid, a Master of Osteoarchaeology from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her research line addresses the study of human subsistence strategies through the analysis of fauna assemblages, mainly on Pleistocene-early Holocene periods. She is interested in applying taphonomic criteria and methods to study faunal assemblages to discern between non-human predators and human generated accumulations. She has a wide experience on the analysis of Neanderthal and AMH zooarchaeological assemblage. Additionally, she has experience on fieldwork recording techniques and post-fieldwork data processing (GIS). Her PhD research addresses the analysis of faunal remains from Wallacean Islands, mainly dominated by fish remains, reconstruction of human remains and the application of geometric morphometric techniques to the analysis of fish vertebrae. She is involved in Sue O’Connor ARC’s Laureate Project ‘From Sunda to Sahul: Understanding Modern Human Dispersal, Adaptation and Behaviour en route to Australia’



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