Zooarchaeological Collection

Having an extensive collection of modern faunal comparative material is essential for zooarchaeological research and teaching. The collection in Tübingen is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. It includes nearly 1500 mammal skeletons (pictured), ranging in size from a mouse to the dimensions of an elephant. In addition, there are skeletons and individual bones of about 800 birds and 500 fish, as well as reptiles and amphibians. The collection includes autochthonous species from Europe, Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula. In addition, new comparative specimens are continuously received by the institute from zoological gardens and hunters. The Institute for Archaeological Sciences (INA) also holds more than one hundred individual specimens dating from the Early Paleolithic to the Middle Ages.

To the collection in the eMuseum (selection)

Highlights of the Collection

Recent skull with horn cones of the alpine ibex (Capra ibex)
Recent skull of a guinea pig (Cavia porcellus)
Skull of a tortoise

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Dr. Britt Starkovich

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Collection management
Àngel Blanco Lapaz M.Sc.mult.
Tel: 07071-29-74996

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Free of charge


Institute for Archaeological Sciences | AG Zooarchaeology
Rümelinstraße 23
72070 Tübingen