Gergő Paukovics

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MA student in the Cultural Heritage Studies Program, 2014-2016
Management, and Policy Stream

Integrated Methods of Collecting and Preserving the Environmental and Bio-archaeological Heritage in Hungary: The Faunal Assemblage

In my thesis I offer a new bioarchaeological protocol with a special focus on animal remains for the medieval archaeological site of Pomáz-Nagykovácsi-puszta (Hungary, Pest County). Therefore I compared Hungarian zooarchaeological protocols and related documents through qualitative analysis in order to critically illuminate the following problems:

  1. Lack of unified approach
  2. Different focal points
  3. Missing important issues

I analysed and compared the different concept and approaches towards bioarchaeology in North-America, Europe, and Hungary. This comparison resulted that there is no unified approach in the field neither in Europe, nor across the Atlantic. Unified terminology helps researchers of different field of study to understand, and to effectively communicate each other. For this purpose I deliberately employ the original, holistic concept towards bioarchaeology, which this way in my view could contribute more to the field of archaeology.

Trough three selected case studies I shed light on methods used in practice from the planning period of an excavation until the implementation, and long-term archiving. Each of the case studies is designed to emphasise different set of issues in bioarchaeology such as excavation strategy, sampling, storage, and discarding policies.

My research on Hungarian and international protocols, and best excavation practices helped me to develop a new set of principles and a new bioarchaeological protocol for the planned excavation site of Pomáz-Nagykovácsi-puszta.

Thesis supervisor: Alice Choyke


BA in Archaeology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
BA in History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
MA in Cultural Heritage Studies, CEU