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Katheryn C. Twiss

Associate Professor
Director, Ph.D. program (IDPAS). smaers
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2003


Courses taught at Stony Brook include ANT 104 Introduction to Archaeology, ANT 363/ ANT/DPA 515 Archaeological Method and Theory, ANT 357/ ANT/DPA 513 Origins of Agriculture, ANT 359/ ANT/DPA 559 Archaeology of Food, ANT 419/ ANT/DPA 519 Zooarchaeology, and ANT 402/ ANT/DPA 516 Neolithic of the Near East. 

Research Interests

My research focuses on social and economic practices in early agricultural societies. As a zooarchaeologist, I use faunal remains to study past human-animal interactions. My research thus involves issues such as the origins of domestication, the cultural implications of different animal management strategies, and the integration of wild and domestic resources.

I am also interested in the archaeology of food. I concentrate on the social aspects of food production and use: the organization of food production and preparation, the use of food to enact social structures, and the interrelationship of feasting and domestic consumption.

My geographic focus is southwest Asia. I am currently conducting research at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey.

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