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Angela Perri

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Evolution
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 360
fax: 0049 (0) 341 3550 399
e-mail: angela_perri@eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Angela Perri is an archaeologist with primary interests in zooarchaeology and palaeoparasitology. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human Evolution her research primarily focuses on the nature of human-environment interactions by analyzing early relationships between humans and animals. Some of her current projects include:

  1. Dogs: dog domestication, dog-assisted hunting techniques, dog-related taphonomic processes
  2. Palaeoparasites: recovery methodology and analysis of palaeoparasites from Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeological sites
  3. Pleistocene-Holocene Transition: adaptations to climatic and environmental change including hunting technology and prey species variation

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position and Affiliations

2013-Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Department of Human Evolution,
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2014-Adjunct Research Associate,
Anthropology Section,
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL


2014Durham University
Department of Archaeology, Durham, UK
Ph.D. Archaeology
Dissertation: Global Hunting Adaptations to Early Holocene Temperate Forests: Intentional Dog Burials as Evidence of Hunting Strategies
2008Portland State University
Department of Anthropology,
Portland, OR B.A. (Hons.)

Research Interests

  • Zooarchaeology
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Prehistoric Biogeography
  • Domestication
  • Hunting Technology
  • Climate Change Adaptations
  • Human-Carnivore Interactions
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Paleoecology
  • Comparative Archaeology

Current Research

2015-Gravettian Fauna in Moravia, Czech Republic
Analysis of faunal material from Gravettian Moravian sites
(Dolní Věstonice, Předmostí, Pavlov, and Milovice)
2014-Prehistoric Animal Biotechnology: Animals as Tools
Ongoing research into the initial use of animals as tool in prehistory
2013-Dog Domestication and Pleistocene Wolf Variation
Ongoing research into the ecological drivers of Pleistocene wolf variation
and the conditions leading to the advent of dog domestication
2013-The Earliest Paleoparasites: Animal-Human Transmissions
Method development and analysis of paleoparasites from early prehistoric contexts (burials, coprolites, dental calculus, sediments)

Research Grants

In prep Co-PI
Pleistocene-Holocene Transition
in NW Mongolia (in preparation for National Science Foundation)
On the Tail of the Dingo: Mapping the Translocation of Dogs to Australia
(Australian Research Council;
AUD $325,000)
2016 Partner Investigator
Human Occupations in the Pleistocene Ecotones of River Lis–Abrigo do Poço(Portugal)
2014 Research Associate
Unifying Domestication and Evolutionary Biology through Ancient DNA
(European Research Council;
2013 Research Associate
Deciphering Dog Domestication through a Combined Ancient DNA and Geometric Morphometric Approach
(Natural Environmental Research Council, UK;
2012John Crump Research Grant,
British Association for Japanese Studies
2012General Research Grant,
British Association for Japanese Studies
2011The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grant
2011The Japan Foundation Research Grant (£500)
2011Tweedie Exploration Grant,
University of Edinburgh
2010R. Bruce McMillan Research Internship,
Illinois State Museum

Fellowships and Awards

2012Postgraduate Student of the Year,
Dept. of Archaeology,
Durham University
2012Dienje Kenyon Fellowship,
Society for American Archaeology
2010-2013Ustinov College Travel Award
2010, 2011Rosemary Cramp Award,
Durham University
2010, 2011Workshop Bursary,
Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK
2010Research Dialogue Leader Grant,
Durham University
2010Graduate School Conference and Events Grant,
Durham University
2010Birley Bursary,
Durham University
2009Public Archaeology Grant,
U.S. Forest Service

Teaching Experience

2017 (winter)
Portland State University,
Department of Anthropology

Anthropology of Cats and Dogs (online)
Archaeology of Dogs
2014University of Aberdeen,
Department of Archaeology

Invertebrates and Paleoparasites in Archaeology
2013-The Leipzig School of Human Origins,
Max Planck Institute/University of Leiden

Zooarchaeology Paleoparasitology
2010-2013Durham University,
Department of Archaeology

(Teaching Assistant and Tutor)
Introduction to Archaeology
Applied Archaeological Methods
Scientific Methods in Archaeology

Past Research and Professional Archaeoloy Experience


Taforalt Cave,
Excavation and paleoparasite analysis

2013Chrono-Environment Laboratory (CNRS),
University of Franche-Comte, Besancon, France
Visiting Researcher,
advanced training in paleoparasite analysis
2011-2012Cabeço da Amoreira Excavations,
Excavation, faunal and paleoparasite analysis
2011-2012Outer Hebrides Excavations, Outer Hebrides,
Excavation, faunal and paleoparasite analysis
2011Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties,
Visiting Researcher, zooarchaeological Ph.D research
2010R. Bruce McMillan Research Internship,
Illinois State Museum
Faunal analysis and Ph.D research
2008-2009Willamette Cultural Resource Associates,
Field archaeologist (CRM)
2008-2009Fort Vancouver,
Zooarchaeology research intern, faunal analysis
2008Arizona State University/Illinois State Museum
Advanced zooarchaeology short course
2008Fort Vancouver Field School,

Conferences and Sessions Organized or Chaired

2016Perri, Angela R. and Sarah MacIntosh
New Methods in Zooarchaeology.
Symposium organized for Society for American Archaeology 81st Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
2015Perri, Angela R. and Chelsea Smith
2015 Nose to Tail: An Interdisciplinary Look at Dogs in the Past.
Symposium organized for Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting,
San Francisco, California.
2013Perri, Angela R. and Greger Larson
Old Dogs, New Tricks: Current Research into Dogs in the Past.
Symposium organized for Society for American Archaeology 78th Annual Meeting,
Honolulu, Hawaii.
2012Perri, Angela R. and Jeremy Koster
Beyond Domestication: The Archaeology of the Human/Dog Relationship.
Symposium organized for Society for American Archaeology 77th Annual Meeting,
Memphis, Tennessee.
2012Perri, Angela R.
Where the Wild Things Are: Recent Advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Research.
Two day conference, organizer and chair.
Department of Archaeology,
Durham University.

Conference Papers and Lectures

2016Variation in Large Canids from Dolní Věstonice II,
Czech Republic.
World of Gravettian Hunters Conference. 16-20 May.
2015Dogs as Weapon Technology:
Their Role in Past Hunting Groups.
Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, 15-19 April.
2014Deciphering Dog Domestication through a Combined Ancient DNA and Geometric Morphometric Approach.
12th Conference of the International Council for Archaeozoology, 22-27 September.
2012Early Holocene Dog Burials and Pleistocene-Holocene Climate Change.
Society for American Archaeology 77th Annual Meeting, 18-22 April.
A Combined Genetic and Archaeological Perspective on Dog Domestication.
Society for American Archaeology 77th Annual Meeting, 18-22 April.
2011Animal Remains from the Getewaaking Site (20MK457), a Multi-Component Late Woodland Site on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Midwest Archaeological Conference, 13-15 October.
Animal Remains from the Getewaaking Site (20MK457).
Illinois State Museum, Illinois, USA
2010Holocene Climate Change, Hunting Adaptations and Dog Burials.
11th Conference of the International Council for Archaeozoology, 18-23 August.
Holocene Climate Change, Hunting Adaptations, and Dog Burials.
Seminar Series, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Climate Change and Dog Burials.
Ustinov College, Durham University

Invited Lectures

2016Workshop on the Analysis of Micro Particles in Archaeological Samples
Max Planck Research Group on Plant Foods in Hominin Dietary Ecology,
Leipzig, Germany
2015A Tale of Dog Domestication
Masaryk University,
Czech Republic
2015Deciphering Dog Domestication through an Interdisciplinary Approach.
Department of Culture and Society,
Aarhus University,
2014Dogs as Prehistoric Hunting Technology.
York Seminar Series,
Department of Archaeology,
University of York,
 Modern Archaeoparasitology for the Ancient World.
Brownbag Lectures,
Illinois State Museum,
 Dogs as Weapon Technology: Their Role in Hunting Groups.
Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium,
Department of Anthropology,
University of California-Davis
 Modern Archaeoparasitology for the Ancient World.
The Zinman Institute of Archaeology,
University of Haifa,
2013Modern Archaeoparasitology for the Ancient World.
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
2012Prehistoric Dog Burials.
Lecture Series,
Algarve Archaeological Association,
 Dog the Hunter.
Ciclo de Conferencias,
Universidade do Algarve,
2011The Discovery of the Mesolithic in the Outer Hebrides.
Research Seminar Series,
Department of Archaeology,
Durham University,
 Dog the Hunter.
Lecture Series,
Yorkshire Mammal Group,
2010Dog the Hunter.
Brownbag Lectures,
Illinois State Museum,


Peer Reviewer

  • Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
  • International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
  • Journal of Ethnobiology
  • BioEssays
  • Foundations in Biogeography
Zooarchaeology and Bone Technology Interest Group,
Society for American Archaeology
Departmental Seminar Series,
Department of Human Evolution,
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Postgraduate Research Seminar Series,
Department of Archaeology,
Durham University
Paleolithic/Mesolithic Discussion Group,
Durham University

Professional Memberships

  • Society for American Archaeology
  • International Council for Archaeozoology
  • Professional Zooarchaeology Group

Selected Media about Research

2016Gorman, James
Where Did Dogs Come From? There May Be Two Answers. The New York Times. June 2.
2016Lobell, Jarrett
Top Discoveries of 2015 – Baby Bobcat. Archaeology Jan/Feb 2016.
2015Romey, Kristin
Seven Major Archaeological Discoveries of 2015. National Geographic. December 28.
2015 Grimm, David
Ancient Bobcat had Human Burial. Science 349(6243): 10.
2015 Morell, Virginia
How Wolf Became Dog. Scientific American 313(1): 60-67.
2014Grimm, David
Did Dogs Help Drive Mammoths to their Graves? Science May 29.
2012 Gorman, James
2‘What Is’ Meets ‘What If’: The Role of Speculation in Science. The New York Times May 24.
2012 Gorman, James
Deeper Digging Needed to Decode a Best Friend’s Genetic Roots. The New York Times May 21.
2012 Staff
Modern dogs have ‘little in common’ with ancient breeds. BBC News May 21.
2010 Balter, Michael
Burying Man’s Best Friend, With Honor. Science 329(5998): 1464-1465.



Loog, L., Thalmann, O., Sinding, M.-H.-S., Schuenemann, V. J., Perri, A., Germonpré, M., Bocherens, H., Witt, K. E., Samaniego Castruita, J. A., Velasco, M. S., Lundstrøm, I. K. C., Wales, N., Sonet, G., Frantz, L., Schroeder, H., Budd, J., Jimenez, E.-L., Fedorov, S., Gasparyan, B., Kandel, A. W., Lázničková-Galetová, M., Napierala, H., Uerpmann, H.-P., Nikolskiy, P. A., Pavlova, E. Y., Pitulko, V. V., Herzig, K.-H., Malhi, R. S., Willerslev, E., Hansen, A. J., Dobney, K., Gilbert, M. T. P., Krause, J., Larson, G., Eriksson, A., & Manica, A. (2020). Ancient DNA suggests modern wolves trace their origin to a Late Pleistocene expansion from Beringia. Molecular Ecology, 29(9): 15329, pp. 1596-1610.
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Borry, M., Cordova, B., Perri, A. R., Wibowo, M., Honap, T. P., Ko, J., Yu, J., Britton, K., Girdland-Flink, L., Power, R. C., Stuijts, I., Salazar-García, D. C., Hofman, C., Hagan, R., Kagoné, T. S., Meda, N., Carabin, H., Jacobson, D., Reinhard, K., Lewis, C., Kostic, A., Jeong, C., Herbig, A., Hübner, A., & Warinner, C. (2020). CoproID predicts the source of coprolites and paleofeces using microbiome composition and host DNA content. PeerJ, 8: e9001.
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Perri, A. R., Koster, J., Otárola-Castillo, E., Burns, J. L., & Cooper, C. G. (2019). Dietary variation among indigenous Nicaraguan horticulturalists and their dogs: An ethnoarchaeological application of the Canine Surrogacy Approach. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 55: 101066.
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Perri, A. R., Power, R. C., Stuijts, I., Heinrich, S., Talamo, S., Hamilton-Dyer, S., & Roberts, C. (2018). Detecting hidden diets and disease: Zoonotic parasites and fish consumption in Mesolithic Ireland. Journal of Archaeological Science, 97, 137-146.
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Guagnin, M., Perri, A. R., & Petraglia, M. D. (2018). Pre-Neolithic evidence for dog-assisted hunting strategies in Arabia. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 49, 225-236.
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Svoboda, J., Pokorný, P., Horáček, I., Sázelová, S., Abraham, V., Divišová, M., Ivanov, M., Kozáková, R., Novák, J., Novák, M., Šída, P., & Perri, A. (2018). Late Glacial and Holocene sequences in rockshelters and adjacent wetlands of Northern Bohemia, Czech Republic: Correlation of environmental and archaeological records. Quaternary International, 465(Part B), 234-250.
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Leathlobhair, M. N., Perri, A. R., Irving-Pease, E. K., Witt, K. E., Linderholm, A., Haile, J., Lebrasseur, O., Ameen, C., Blick, J., Boyko, A. R., Brace, S., Cortes, Y. N., Crockford, S. J., Devault, A., Dimopoulos, E. A., Eldridge, M., Enk, J., Gopalakrishnan, S., Gori, K., Grimes, V., Guiry, E., Hansen, A. J., Hulme-Beaman, A., Johnson, J., Kitchen, A., Kasparov, A. K., Kwon, Y.-M., Nikolskiy, P. A., Lope, C. P., Manin, A., Martin, T., Meyer, M., Myers, K. N., Omura, M., Rouillard, J.-M., Pavlova, E. Y., Sciulli, P., Sinding, M.-H.-S., Strakova, A., Ivanova, V. V., Widga, C., Willerslev, E., Pitulko, V. V., Barnes, I., Gilbert, M. T. P., Dobney, K. M., Malhi, R. S., Murchison, E. P., Larson, G., & Frantz, L. A. F. (2017). The evolutionary history of dogs in the Americas. Science, 361 (6397), 81-85.
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Perri, A. R., Heinrich, S., Gur-Arieh, S., & Saunders, J. J. (2017). Earliest evidence of Toxocara sp. in a 1.2-million-yr-old extinct hyena (Pachycrocuta brevirostris) coprolite from Northwest Pakistan. Journal of Parasitology, 103(1), 138-141.
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Perri, A. R. (2016). Hunting dogs as environmental adaptations in Jōmon Japan. Antiquity, 90(353), 1166-1180.
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Frantz, L. A. F., Mullin, V. E., Pionnier-Capitan, M., Lebrasseur, O., Ollivier, M., Perri, A., Linderholm, A., Mattiangeli, V., Teasdale, M. D., Dimopoulos, E. A., Tresset, A., Duffraisse, M., McCormick, F., Bartosiewicz, L., Gál, E., Nyerges, É. A., Sablin, M. V., Bréhard, S., Mashkour, M., Bălăşescu, A., Gillet, B., Hughes, S., Chassaing, O., Hitte, C., Vigne, J.-D., Dobney, K., Hänni, C., Bradley, D. G., & Larson, G. (2016). Genomic and archaeological evidence suggest a dual origin of domestic dogs. Science, 352(6290), 1228-1231.
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Perri, A. (2016). A wolf in dog's clothing: Initial dog domestication and Pleistocene wolf variation. Journal of Archaeological Science, 68, 1-4.
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Perri, A. R., Smith, G. M., & Bosch, M. (2015). Comment on “How do you kill 86 mammoths? Taphonomic investigations of mammoth megasites” by Pat Shipman. Quaternary International, 368, 112-115.
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Perri, A. R., Martin, T. J., & Farnsworth, K. B. (2015). A bobcat burial and other reported intentional animal burials from Illinois Hopewell Mounds. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, 40(3), 282-301.
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Larson, G., Karlsson, E. K., Perri, A., Webster, M. T., Ho, S. Y. W., Peters, J., Stahl, P. W., Piper, P. J., Lingaas, F., Fredholm, M., Comstock, K. E., Modiano, J. F., Schelling, C., Agoulnik, A. I., Leegwater, P. A., Dobney, K., Vigne, J.-D., Vilà, C., Andersson, L., & Lindblad-Toh, K. (2012). Rethinking dog domestication by integrating genetics, archeology, and biogeography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(23), 8878-8883.
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Church, M., Bishop, R., Blake, E., Nesbitt, C., Perri, A. R., Piper, S., & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2011). Temple Bay, Harris. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland: New Series, 12, 187-187.
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Church, M., Bishop, R., Blake, E., Nesbitt, C., Perri, A. R., Piper, S., & Rowley-Conwy, P. (2011). Tràigh na Beirigh, Uig. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland: New Series, 12, 194-195.
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Farnsworth, K. B., Martin, T. J., & Perri, A. R. (2015). Modified predator mandible and maxilla artifacts and predator symbolism in Illinois Hopewell. Champaig, IL: Prairie Research Institute, Illinois State Archaeological Survey.
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Foulds, F. W., Drinkall, H. C., Perri, A. R., Clinnick, D. T., & Walker, J. W. (Eds.). (2014). Wild things: Recent advances in palaeolithic and mesolithic research. Oxford [u.a.]: Oxbow.
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Book Chapters

Perri, A. R. (2020). Prehistoric dogs as hunting weapons: The advent of animal biotechnology. In B. Bethke, & A. Burtt (Eds.), Dogs: Archaeology beyond domestication (pp. 7-44). University Press of Florida.
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Perri, A. R., Power, R. C., & Heinrich, S. (2018). Evidence of Zoonotic parasites at Derragh, Co. Longford. In Irish Quaternary Association Field Guide 35.
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Perri, A. R. (2017). A typology of dog deposition in archaeological contexts. In P. Rowley-Conwy, & P. Halstead (Eds.), Economic zooarchaeology: Studies in hunting, herding and early agriculture (pp. 89-99). Oxford: Oxbow Books.
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Perri, A., & Sazelova, S. (2016). The role of large canids: Preliminary variabilities forming the population structure in Moravia (Dolni Vestonice II). In Dolní Vestonice II: Chronostratigraphy, paleoethnology, paleoanthropology (pp. 138-146). Brno: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Archaeology.
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Perri, A. (2014). Dog: Domestication. In C. Smith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of global archaeology (pp. 2162-2165). Berlin [u.a.]: Springer.
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Meeting Abstracts

Fewlass, H., Talamo, S., Kromer, B., Bard, E., Tuna, T., Fagault, Y., Sponheimer, M., Ryder, C., Hublin, J.-J., Perri, A. R., Sazelova, S., & Svoboda, J. (2019). Radiocarbon dating small samples of Gravettian human remains from Dolní Věstonice II and Pavlov I (Czech Republic). In Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution (PESHE) (8, pp. 59).
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Terrance, M., & Perri, A. R.(2011). Animal remains from the Getewaaking Site (20MK457), a multiple-component middle to late woodland habitation site on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
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