Zooarchaeology Laboratory

  • zooarchaeology lab logo with a cluster of vertebrate and invertebrate remains on top and a hunting implement at the bottom

The Zooarchaeology Laboratory of the School of Archaeology is a research, teaching, and storage space of interaction for students and scholars pursuing work on faunal remains associated to archaeological sites around the world, with emphasis in Southeast Asia. Particular attention is paid to the identification and quantification of zooarchaeological materials, to various cultural and natural processes affecting animal bone preservation, peri- and post-mortem, and to the use of faunal remains for deciphering past human behavior, diets and environments. The zooarchaeology laboratory contains a modern comparative faunal collection, including skeletons, shells and taphonomical specimens useful for both research and teaching. The lab is equipped with the necessary tools and storage capacity with which to conduct faunal research.


Head of Zooarchaeology Lab
Juan Rofes




Research Interests



large mammals and herpetofauna of the Philippines, experimental archaeology, taphonomy, subsistence, systematics & taxonomy, multiproxy paleoenvironmental reconstruction, cave archaeology, and collections management.

  • Angelo Guirgio


bioarchaeology, archaeomalacology, environmental archaeology, science communication 

  • Ian Lipardo


osteology, archaeoentomology

  • Quincy Lingao


bioarchaeology, biomolecular archaeology, maritime archaeology, environmental archaeology, and experimental archaeology


heritage riskscapes, wildlife conservation, Sulu-Sulawesi biodiversity and cultural land/seascapes, archaeomalacology, maritime and environmental archaeology

  • Alyssandra Marie Lopez

environmental archaeology, palaeoecology, biocultural diversity, maritime archaeology, and science communication

  • Marian Reyes


animal and human osteology, micromammal remains, taphonomy, palaeobiogeography, faunal exploitation

  • Rocky Victoria


archaeomalacology, maritime archaeology, cultural heritage management


Current Projects

Zooarchaeology of the Galleon Trade
Head: Juan Rofes

PANTROPOCENE: Finding a Pre-industrial, Pan-tropical ‘Anthropocene’
Head: Patrick Roberts
Funded by: European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant of the European Commission

Geology, geochronology and palaeobiology of the deposits of the Sierra de Atapuerca VIII
Heads: J. L. Arsuaga and J. M. Carretero
Funded by:
Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (Spain)

Project Biodiversity, evolution and paleoecology of the late Middle Pleistocene to Middle Holocene small mammals of the Iranian Plateau
Head: Juan Rofes
Funded by:
Outright Research Grant, OVCRD, University of the Philippines Diliman

The search for Homo luzonensis continues: The 2020 Archaeological Excavations at Callao Cave, Northern Luzon, Philippines
Head: Armand S. B. Mijares
Funded by: National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration Grant (Nº GS-KOR-63188R)

Previous Projects

Geology, geochronology and palaeobiology of the deposits of the Sierra de Atapuerca II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
Head: Juan Luis Arsuaga
Start-End Dates: (II) 2003-2005; (III) 2006-2009; (IV) 2010-2012; (V) 2013-2015; (VI) 2016-2018; (VII) 2019-2021
Funded by: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Spain) and Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (Spain)

Sponsors and Partnerships