Alan Outram

Academic interestsPicture_AKO

  • Environmental archaeology and palaeoeconomy; zooarchaeology
  • Developing bone fracture and fragmentation analysis
  • Exploitation of bone marrow and grease in prehistory
  • Horse domestication and the development of pastoral societies in Central Asia

Role in the project

Alan is a leading exponent of bone fracture and fragmentation analysis to determine the taphonomic histories of assemblages, as well as evidence for specific butchery activities. As a NeoMilk Senior Researcher, he contributes his expertise to Theme 2 (Domesticated animals in the LBK), along with supervising the work of NeoMilk PhD student Emily Johnson.

Selected publications

Outram, A., Kasparov, A., Stear, N., Varfolomeev, V., Usmanova, E. and  Evershed, R.P., 2012, Patterns of pastoralism in later Bronze Age Kazakhstan: new evidence from faunal and lipid residue analyses, Journal of Archaeological Science 39(7): 2424-35.

Outram A., Stear, N., Kasparov, A., Usmanova, E., Varfolomeev, V. and Evershed, R.P. 2011. Horses for the dead: funerary foodways in Bronze Age Kazakhstan, Antiquity 85(327), 116-28.

Outram, A., Stear, N., Bendrey, R., Olsen, S., Kasparov, A., Zaibert, V., Thorpe, N. and Evershed, R.P., 2009, The earliest horse harnessing and milking, Science 323(5919): 1332-5.

Outram, A., Knüsel, C., Knight, S. and Harding, A. 2005. Understanding complex fragmented assemblages of human and animal remains: a fully integrated approach, Journal of Archaeological Science 32(12), 1699-1710.

Outram, A. 2004. Applied models and indices vs. high-resolution, observed data: detailed fracture and fragmentation analyses for the investigation of skeletal part abundance patterns. Journal of Taphonomy 2(3), 167-84.

Outram A. 2004. Identifying dietary stress in marginal environments: bone fats, optimal foraging theory and the seasonal round, in M. Mondini, S. Munoz and S. Wickler (eds) Colonisation, Migration, and Marginal Areas. A Zooarchaeological Approach, 74-85, Oxford: Oxbow.

Outram, A. 2003. Comparing levels of subsistence stress amongst Norse settlers in Iceland and Greenland using levels of bone fat exploitation as an indicator. Environmental Archaeology 8(2), 119-28.

A full list of publications can be accessed here.