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Dr. Ben Gruwier

Aliment, TAURUS

I am a palaeo- and archaeozoologist with an M.A. from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE) and a Ph.D. from Durham University (UK). My technical expertise is in faunal analysis, mammalian osteomorphology and geometric morphometrics. This has led my research to take two primary directions: (1) the ecological and socio-economic role of animals during the historic period in Northwestern Europe and (2) the use of vertebrate remains to reconstruct Pleistocene hominin behaviour and environments in Asia. As a result, I am, or have been, involved in the analysis of a large number of faunal assemblages from Belgium, France, Indonesia, Turkey, Georgia and Armenia. In addition, I have conducted morphometric studies on several vertebrate groups, including cervids, suids and geese.


  • B.A. in Archaeology, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • M.A. in Archaeology, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Durham University, United Kingdom

Key Research Interests

  • Archaeozoology
  • Quaternary Palaeozoology
  • Geometric Morphometrics
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Palaeoecology
  • Palaeoeconomy

Main Publications

  • Bertacchi, A., Gasparyan, B., Gruwier, B., Rivals, F., Kandel, A.W. 2020: Upper paleolithic animal exploitation in the Armenian Highlands: The zooarchaeology of Aghitu-3 Cave, Quaternary International (Special volume on the world of Gravettian hunters), pp. 400-414.
  • Gruwier, B. 2017: The large vertebrate remains from Binjai Tamieng (Sumatra, Indonesia), Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology 41, pp. 22-29.
  • Kandel,  A.W.,  Ali,  S.,  Allue,  E.,  Bruch,  D.,  Drucker,  D.,  Frahm,  E.,  Ghukasyan,  R., Gruwier, B., Miller,C.,  Nahapetyan,  S.,  Uerpmann,  H.‐P.,  Scheunemann,  V.,  Taller,  A., Vardazaryan,  V.,  Vasilyan,  D., Weissbrod,  L., Gasparyan,  B. 2017:  The  earliest evidence for Upper-Paleolithic occupation in the Armenian highlands at Aghitu-3 cave, Journal  of  Human Evolution 110, pp. 37-68.
  • Gruwier B., De Vos, J. & Kovarovic, K. 2015: Insights into the taxonomy of some Pleistocene Cervini (Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Cervidae) from Java and Sumatra (Indonesia): a geometric- and linear morphometric approach, Quaternary Science Reviews 119, pp. 35-53.
  • Gruwier B. 2014: Zooarchaeological Study of the Animal Remains from Nokalakevi (Western Georgia), In: Everill, P. et al., Excavations at Nokalakevi - Tsikhegoji - Archaeopolis 2001-2010, British Archaeological Reports- International Series.
  • Gruwier B. & Verlinde A. 2010: Preliminary archaeozoological report on sectors B6 and B6d in the sanctuary area (Pessinus, Balihisar, Turkey), Anatolia Antiqua 18, pp. 157-162.

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