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Dr Hadjikoumis, is a zooarchaeologist with studies, work and research experience in several countries such as the UK, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus and Iraq. After receiving his BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens, he pursued postgraduate studies (MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy) followed by a PhD in zooarchaeology at the University of Sheffield. Since the completion of his PhD, he has been involved in several post-doctoral research projects in several countries and in the commercial archaeology sector in the UK.
Geographically, his research interests mainly involve the zooarchaeology of circum-Mediterranean and SW Asian regions, as well as central/northern Iberia and the British Isles. Thematically, his interests include the origins of animal domestication, animal husbandry practices and their development through time, stable isotope analysis for animal seasonality and diet and ethnozooarchaeology to improve archaeology’s interpretational framework. Currently, with project SACHROFICS he is delving into meat consumption in religious and secular contexts (and everything in between), as well as dental microwear for further insights into animal diet. He is also passionate about processing animal carcasses for faunal reference collections, as well as public outreach activities promoting zooarchaeology to the wider public.