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Eenheid Archeozoölogie (IRScNB/KBIN-RBINSC)
www.naturalsciences.be

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Thesaurus terms (3) : Marine archaeology; Osteology; Skeleton
Taxonomic term : Pisces [WoRMS]
Geographical terms (3) : Africa [Marine Regions]; Europe [Marine Regions]; Middle East [Marine Regions]
Address:
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussel
Belgium

Tel.: +32-(0)2-627 44 38
Fax: +32-(0)2-649 48 25
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Type: Scientific

Abstract:
The Archaeozoology Unit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences investigates faunal remains from archaeological excavations in Belgium, the Near East and Africa. The analysis of vertebrate remains and molluscs allows a reconstruction of the animal-man relationship in the past. Both economic and ecological aspects are dealt with, some of which are siginificant beyond the pure archaeological field. Interesting data from a fisheries point of view include the historical dimension that is added to zoogeographical research, allowing, for instance, to document the decline of estuarine fish in Flanders. Also as a result of the intense cooperation since 1990 with the Flemish Heritage Institute (VIOE), phenomena of overfishing from the late medieval times onward could be documented for the North Sea.

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