Alice Mathea Choyke

Associate Professor

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Budapest, Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
+36 1 327-3801

I have worked in the field of bioarchaeology for thirty years, particularly in the field of achaeozoology and the study of worked osseous materials from animals. I am involved with a number of projects concerned with the way people in the past used material culture, especially objects derived from the animal body, in various forms of social discourse. Related to this, I am also generally interested in multiple and often contradictory attitudes towards animals in the medieval past.

Since 1988, I have been the chief faunal analyst at the Aquincum museum, a branch of the Budapest History Museum. I have run the archaeozoology/archaeobotany laboratory since 2000 and this year was made co-director of bio-archaeology studies at the Budapest History Museum for all archaeological departments. In addition to teaching research methodologies to  first year PhDs at the medieval department I have begun to offer courses introducing concepts in bioarchaeology to students in the department. As part of the environmental and landscape specialization I also am involved in the development of the Medieval Animal Data-networks or MAD. This WIKI based projects seeks to gather data from various multi-disciplinary sources such as texts, images and archaeozoology.  The intention is to bring a more complex approach to animal sudies in the mediaval period.

I am perhaps best known internationally, however, for my work on worked osseous materials, primarily from the Bronze Age but also from Roman and medieval contexts. I am liaison officer for the Worked Bone Research Group, a working group for ICAZ (International Council for Archaeozoology) and run the mailing list for this group which was co-ounded by me in 1998. I have published numerous articles and edited two volumes (to date) on how this class of material culture was exploited and fit into various social narratives in the past.


PhD, Department of Anthropology, S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, USA
MA, Department of Anthropology, S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, USA
BA, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, USA

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Projects with involvement of Alice Mathea Choyke