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Taylor Science Center 2008

Hannah Lau is an anthropological archaeologist whose research uses zooarchaeological data to examine the relationship between ancient peoples’ animal management practices, the environment, and sociopolitical organization. Much of her work has focused on exploring these questions in Southwest Asia and the South Caucasus. Recently, she has expanded research to include historic period communities in Central New York.

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  • Lau, Hannah, Gwyneth W. Gordon, and Kelly J. Knudson. 2021. “Reconstructing Feast Provisioning at Halaf Domuztepe: Evidence from Radiogenic Strontium Analyses.” Journal of Archaeological Science 131:105408. 
  • Lau, Hannah, Lucas Proctor, Hilary Gopnik, and Veli Bakhshaliyev. 2020. “Agropastoralism in Middle Bronze through Early Iron Age Naxçivan: Zooarchaeological and Paleoethnobotanical Data from Qizqala.” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 33:102535. 
  • Lau, Hannah and Sarah Whitcher Kansa. 2018. “Zooarchaeology in the Era of Big Data: Contending with Interanalyst Variation and Best Practices for Contextualizing Data for Informed Reuse.” Journal of Archaeological Science 95: 33-39.
  • Campbell, Stuart, Sarah Whitcher Kansa, Rachel Bichener and Hannah Lau. 2014. “Burying things: practices of cultural disposal at late Neolithic Domuztepe, southeast Turkey,” in Remembering and Commemorating the Dead: Recent Contributions in Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Analysis from the Ancient Near East. Porter, Ben and Alexis Bouton, eds. University of Colorado Press, Boulder, pp. 27-60.

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Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

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