Karen Greig – It’s a dog’s life: Archaeology, ancient DNA and dogs in Remote Oceania

Relations between dogs and people in Remote Oceanic prehistory are little known, despite dogs being transported to the majority of islands in the region, and in the case of New Zealand, being the only domesticated animal successfully introduced. The purpose of my research is to address this deficit, through the documentation and analysis of the life histories and demography of village dogs at particular sites in New Zealand. This in turn informs a consideration of the role of dogs through space and time in the region. In order to explore aspects of the relationship, the thesis adopts a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on archaeology, molecular anthropology, and ethnography.