ADRIENNE C. FRIE, then a graduate student at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received a grant in April 2015 to aid research on 'Cultural Constructions of Nature: Animal Representation and Use in Early Iron Age Southeastern Slovenia,' supervised by Dr. Bettina Arnold. This dissertation develops a holistic approach to investigate the place of animals in the cultural world of the Early Iron Age Dolenjska Hallstatt culture of southeastern Slovenia by engaging with both artifacts depicting animals and faunal remains in archaeological contexts. Conceptions of the animal world are examined using quantitative and qualitative analyses of animal iconography, which appears on non-perishable media including ceramics, glass, amber, and metals. Analysis of the zoomorphic dataset is the primary focus of this study and provides new insight into conceptions of animals and the role of representational practices in this period. This animal imagery is compared to patterns of animal use reflected in faunal remains to more fully contextualize the importance of animals in everyday life. Drawing on multiple lines of evidence illuminates previously overlooked patterns linking cultural behaviors and ideologies, allowing a more nuanced interpretation of how the 'natural world' was culturally constructed in the Slovenian Early Iron Age. The project contributes to a cross-disciplinary literature on how animals are embedded in preindustrial culture conceptually as well as physically.
Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, U. of
Frie, Adrienne Carey, U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI - To aid research on 'Cultural Constructions of Nature: Animal Representation and Use in Early Iron Age Southeastern Slovenia,' supervised by Dr. Bettina Arnold