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  Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 15:40 p.m.

Exploiting Animals at Malbork Castle, Poland: Towards an Environmental Archaeology of Crusading

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Dr. Aleks Pluskowski

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge

Dr. Aleks Pluskowski is currently a research fellow in medieval archaeology at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and Clare College, at the University of Cambridge, UK. He studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, and went on to complete a PhD comparing human responses to the wolf and its environment in medieval Britain and Scandinavia. This has recently been published as Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages (Boydell, 2006). He has worked on archaeological sites in the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy and Montenegro, and his research interests include medieval zooarchaeology; the ecological dimensions of crusading, colonialism and religious conversion; physical and conceptual predation and animals as material culture. He is currently completing a survey of the diversity of human responses to animals in medieval Europe to be published as a book entitled Dominion: Humans, Animals and Environments in Medieval Europe. His detailed research profile can be found on his website:

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