Zooarchaeology, Microfauna Fun, and Career Flexibility with Dr. Gillian Wong

On this episode, the hosts are joined by Dr. Gillian Wong, who shares her passion and research for microfauna and reconstructing the paleoenvironment through zooarchaeology. We delve into her post-doctoral research at Langmahdhalde for the University of Tuebingen, Germany, share our pandemic woes at limiting research possibilities, and talk about the amazing role the bones of tiny critters can play in reconstructing the past. Dr. Wong also talks about her career–from CRM to living history museums to academia–and the need for flexibility as a military spouse; she provides great advice that all archaeologists can use when pursuing a career in this field!


Dr. Gillian Wong, Research and About: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/127095

A Life in Ruins Podcast, “Microfauna, Langmahdhalde, and Being a Military Spouse with Dr. Gillian Wong: https://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/ruins/83

Human Subsistence and Environment during the Magdalenian at Langmahdhalde: Evidence from a new Rock Shelter in the Lone Valley, Southwest Germany: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323485507_Human_Subsistence_and_Environment_during_the_Magdalenian_at_Langmahdhalde_Evidence_from_a_new_Rock_Shelter_in_the_Lone_Valley_Southwest_Germany

Taphonomy for taxonomists: Implications of predation in small mammal studies: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277379116300762?via%3Dihub

New perspectives on human subsistence during the Magdalenian in the Swabian Jura, Germany: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12520-020-01119-w

Latest Pleistocene paleoenvironmental reconstructions from the Swabian Jura, southwestern Germany: Evidence from stable isotope analysis and micromammal remains: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0031018219308260?via%3Dihub

Lecture by Dr. Gillian Wong: Animal Bones and Teeth: Stone Age Environments Revealed (YouTube)

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