Dr Aurélie Manin
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow



After I completed my under graduate dgeree in Earth and Environment Sciences at the University of Grenoble (France) I achieved a Master in Quaternary and Prehistory (2011) and a PhD in Zooarchaeology (2015) at the National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France). My work focused on the use of animals in ancient Northern Mesoamerica through the analysis of animal bone remains from archaeological sites of the Transmexican Volcanic Belt. The main aim was to describe the different activities related to animal acquisition and exploitation, from elimentary purposes to ritual practices. During this time, I gained extensive expertise on Mesoamerican faunal remains identification and I was involved in various archaeological fieldwork seasons, especially in Western Mexico. I also developed a particular interest in the use of biomolecular and morphometrics techniques to enhance our understanding of past animal populations and their relationships with human societies.

In 2016, I joined the BioArCh group as a Fyssen Foundation post-doctoral fellow, to apply stable isotopes and aDNA to answre the question of animal husbandry in Mesoamerica. I am now a Marie Curie Research Fellow, still at the University of York, focusing on turkey domestication and husbandry, and in particular on its introduction to Europe during the post-Medieval period.



Selected publications

Manin, A., C. Lefèvre (2016). The use of animals in Northern Mesoamerica, between the Classic and the Conquest (200-1521 AD). An attempt at regional synthesis on central Mexico. Anthropozoologica 51 (2): 127-147.

Manin, A., R. Cornette, C. Lefèvre (2016). Sexual dimorphism among Mesoamerican turkeys: a key for understanding past husbandry. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 10: 526-533.

Manin, A., G. Pereira, C. Lefèvre (2015). El uso de los animales en una ciudad tarasca posclasica: estudio arqueozoologico del sitio de Malpais Prieto (Michoacan, Mexico). Archaeobios 1 (9): 28-42.





My research interests concerns Man-animal relationships and how they evolve through time, with a specific focus on Mesoamerica. To answer these questions, I use a multi-disciplinary approach involving zooarchaeology, morphometrics, stable isotopes and aDNA.



TURKEY - Uncovering the Transatlantic history of turkey husbandry and breeding using a multi-disciplinary approach.

For 2000 years, turkeys have been kept and raised by indigenous cultures in North and Central America. In the late 15th century, European travellers 'discovered' turkeys and quickly introduced them to Europe and beyond. However, this part of the history remains enigmatic and has mostly been explored using historic accounts and phylogenetic analyses of modern breeds. Using combined morphometric and biomolecular analyses on archaeological bones, this project aims to document the origins and intensity of turkey breeding in Europe and to explore the changing socio-economic role of turkeys as they spread through modern Western Europe. This project has been funded by the European Commision (H2020-MSCA-IF-2016-748679).

About the different forms of animal domestication in Mesoamerica: the “living animals” in the technical systems of Vista Hermosa, a 13th-16th century Huastecan Postclassic site.

While plant and animal domestication is an important step in the development of human societies, animal domestication in Mesoamerica is still scarcely studied. This projects aims to clarify the relationships between Man and living animals and is focused on the archaeological site of Vista Hermosa (Tamaulipas, Mexico), by utilising biomolecular markers (stable isotopes and aDNA) and their confrontation with iconographic, ethnohistoric and ethnographic data. This project has been funded by the Fyssen Foundation.



External activities


Society membership of:

  • British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) (M.I.Soil Sci)
  • Association of Environmental Archaeology (AEA)
  • Society of Africanist Achaeologists (SAfA)

Invited talks and conferences

  • Lang, C & Stump, D. 2015. 2016. Re-writing the historical perceptions of semi-arid agriculture at the abandoned site of Engaruka, NE Tanzania. European Geoscience Union, Viennna, Austria
  • Lang, C & Stump, D. 2015. A Geoarchaeological Contribution to the Study of Archaeological Agricultural Resilience in Eastern Africa. Developing International Geoarchaeology. University of Sassi, Sardinia
  • Lang, C., Usai, M-R., Wilson, C. A. & Brothwell, D. R. 2013. The Hidden Archaeological Archive Locked in Soils from Mass Graves. Soil Micromorphology International Workshop, McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research, Cambridge.
  • Lang, C., Usai, M-R., Wilson, C. A. & Brothwell, D. R. 2013. Soil legacies in human inhumations. 3D Archaeology Group, Harrogate
  • Lang, C., Usai, M-R., Wilson, C. A. & Brothwell, D. R. 2012. InterArChive, unlocking the hidden soil archive from archaeological human burials. ALGAO: Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers, Scotland. Human Remains conference, Edinburgh.
  • Lang, C., Usai, M-R., Wilson, C. A. & Brothwell, D. R. 2012. Unlocking the Hidden Legacy of Human Soil Inhumation: Micromorphology of St Rombouts Graveyard, Mechelen. 4th International Congress EUROSOIL, Bari, Italy.
  • Lang, C., Usai, M-R., Wilson, C. A. & Brothwell, D. R. 2011. The Hidden Archaeological Archive of Burial Soils: A case study of South Parish Church, Leith. York Archaeological Postgraduate Group (YAPG), University of York.
  • Lang, C., McLaughlin, D. and Adderley, W. P. 2010.  Brick-making in Borno: Experimental archaeology of processing and resource use. African Archaeology Research Day, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolution, University of Cambridge.      

Media coverage

  • British Society of Soil Science (BSSS), 2013. Member Interview: Members Research (28/03/2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA9mihJ00-s
  • BBC Radio York 2012. Archaeology on BBC radio York series (06/11/2012) 3.30-4 pm on the Elly Fiorentini show.

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Contact details

Dr Aurélie Manin
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
University of York
BioArCh, Environment Building
YO10 5DD

Tel: (44) 1904 328650