Janine Therese Ochoa

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Cambridge, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9382

Approve Date

October 13, 2016

Project Title

Ochoa, Janine T., U. of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK - To aid research on 'Indigeneity, Endemicity and Zooarchaeology: Archaeozoological Reconstruction and Ecological Knowledge Systems in Philippine Island Environments,' supervised by Dr. Preston Miracle

Preliminary abstract: This PhD project is an investigation of people-animal interactions and modern human adaptations in tropical island environments of the Philippines during the Late Pleistocene to the Holocene. The data is focused on the terrestrial archaeofauna of Luzon and Palawan Islands, which hold the longest archaeological sequences in the archipelago. These archaeological and faunal records are important because they provide exemplary case studies on human adaptations in rainforest and tropical islands. The temporal scope of the study cover important periods of marked change: the initial expansion of humans into the archipelago, the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. The primary research aim is to understand the adaptive responses, foraging strategies and environmental impacts of humans in these environments, based on the vertebrate subsistence record. Taken in its broader archaeological context, such behaviours comprise long-lived traditions of adaptations in tropical environments, as well as ecological and indigenous knowledge systems in the past.