Job opportunity in zooarchaeology focusing on turtle/human interaction in Cambodia and Thailand. Teenagers and mutants would be a bonus too, I guess. Deadline is 4 August 2021.
In this interdisciplinary project, the post-doctoral fellow (M/F) will work on the characterization of ancient turtle populations of South Asia, particularly of Thailand and Cambodia, through the study of bones found in paleontological and archaeological contexts. To do so, he/she will have to carry out paleoproteomic analyses and then compare them with reference protein modern sequences. In parallel to these molecular approaches, a study of the morphology of the long bones of the turtles will have to be carried out using 3D geometric morphometric approaches. The aim is to determine wether the specific identification of turtle bones is possible in the archaeological record and to compare the results with those provided by the molecular analyses. He/She will also study the impact of living environments (terrestrial, occasional aquatic, exclusive aquatic) on the morphology of terrestrial and freshwater turtle bones. The last step of this project will be to compare the data collected in the material (archaeological or paleontological), textual and figurative records in order to produce a synthesis about the past human/turtle interactions in the study area.