Alice Mathea Choyke

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PhD, Department of Anthropology, S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, USA
MA, Department of Anthropology, S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, USA
BA, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, USA
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I have worked in the field of bioarchaeology for thirty years, particularly in the field of achaeozoology and the study of worked osseous materials from animals. I am involved with a number of projects concerned with the way people in the past used material culture, especially objects derived from the animal body, in various forms of social discourse. Related to this, I am also generally interested in multiple and often contradictory attitudes towards animals in the medieval past.

Since 1988, I have been the chief faunal analyst at the Aquincum museum, a branch of the Budapest History Museum. I have run the archaeozoology/archaeobotany laboratory since 2000 and this year was made co-director of bio-archaeology studies at the Budapest History Museum for all archaeological departments. In addition to teaching research methodologies to  first year PhDs at the medieval department I have begun to offer courses introducing concepts in bioarchaeology to students in the department. As part of the environmental and landscape specialization I also am involved in the development of the Medieval Animal Data-networks or MAD. This WIKI based projects seeks to gather data from various multi-disciplinary sources such as texts, images and archaeozoology.  The intention is to bring a more complex approach to animal sudies in the mediaval period.

I am perhaps best known internationally, however, for my work on worked osseous materials, primarily from the Bronze Age but also from Roman and medieval contexts. I am liaison officer for the Worked Bone Research Group, a working group for ICAZ (International Council for Archaeozoology) and run the mailing list for this group which was co-ounded by me in 1998. I have published numerous articles and edited two volumes (to date) on how this class of material culture was exploited and fit into various social narratives in the past.

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Bioarchaeology. archaeozoology in Central Europe
Material Culture Studies
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Projects with involvement of Alice Mathea Choyke


Animal Diversities In Medium Aevum Quotidianum , Edited by G. Jaritz and A. M. Choyke. Vol. 16. Krems: Medium Aevum Quotidianum, 2005.
Book Chapter
Choyke, A. M.. "Grandmother’s Awl: Individual and Collective Memory through Material Culture." In Materializing Memory, Archaeological Material Culture and the Semantics of the Past, edited by I. Barbiera, A. M. Choyke and J. Rasson, 21-40. BAR International Series , no. 1977. Oxford: Archeopress, 2009.
Choyke, A. M.. "African Bone Tool Technology." In Encyclopaedia of the history of science, technology, and medicine in non-western cultures, edited by H. Selaine, 406-412. Vol. 2. Berlin: Springer, 2008.
Choyke, A. M.. "Shifting Meaning and Value through Imitation in the European Late Neolithic." In Import and imitation in archaeology, edited by P. F. Biehl. Langenweissbach: Beier & Beran, 2008.
Choyke, A. M., and J. Schibler. "Prehistoric Bone Tools: Research in Central Europe." In Bones as tools : current methods and interpretations in worked bone studies, edited by C. Gates and R. Walker, 51-65. BAR International Studies , no. 1622. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2007.
Choyke, A. M., J. Schibler, and S. Jacomet. "Neolithic Lake dwellings in the Alpine region." In Ancient Europe 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000: Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World, vol. 1, edited by P. Bogucki and P. J. Crabtree, 385-392. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004.
Choyke, A. M., J. Schibler, and S. Jacomet. "A lake dwelling on the Lake of Constance." In Ancient Europe 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000: Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World, edited by P. Bogucki and P. J. Crabtree. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004.
Choyke, A. M., and L. Bartosiewicz. "Osseous projectile points from the Swiss Neolithic: taphonomy, typology and function." In Violent interactions in the Mesolithic : evidence and meaning, edited by M. Roksandic, 75-88. BAR International Series , no. 1237. Oxford England: Archaeopress, 2004.
Choyke, A. M.. "Backward reflections on ancient enviornments: what can we learn from bone tools?" In People and nature in historical perspective, edited by J. Laszlovszky and P. Szabó, 139-156. CEU medievalia , no. 5. Budapest Hungary: Central European University Dept. of Medieval Studies & Archaeolingua, 2003.
Choyke, A. M.. "Late Neolithic red deer canine beads and their imitations." In Crafting bone : skeletal technologies through time and space, edited by A. Choyke and L. Bartosiewicz, 251-266. BAR International Series , no. 937. Oxford England: Archaeopress, 2001.
Choyke, A. M.. "Refuse and modified bone from Százhalombatta-Földvár.Some preliminary observations." In SAX: Százhalombatta Archaeological Expedition. Annual Report 1 – Field Season 1998, edited by I. Poroszlai and M. Vicze. Százhalombatta: Matrica Múzeum, 2000.
Choyke, A. M.. "Bronze Age antler and bone manufacturing at Arslantepe (Anatolia)." In Archaeozoology of the Near East IVA, edited by A. M. Choyke, H. Buitenhuis and M. Mashkour, 170-183. ARC Publication , no. 32. Groningen: Centre for Archeological Research and Consultancy, 2000.
Choyke, A. M.. "Camelid bone implement from Incarracay, Cochabamba Valley, Bolivia." In The chacaras of war an Inka state estate in the Cochabamba Valley, Bolivia, edited by J. Gyarmati and A. Varga, 111-113. Budapest: Museum of Ethnography, 1999.
Choyke, A. M.. "Polgár-Csőszhalom-dűlő lelőhely csont-, agancs- és agyartárgyainak vizsgálata." In Utak a múltba : az M3-as autópálya régészeti leletmentései, edited by P. Raczky, 157-159. Budapest: Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum ;Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem Régészettudományi Intézet, 1997.
Choyke, A. M.. "Archaeometry at the Aquincum Museum." In Aquincum: Excavations and Rescue Work at the Aquincum Museum in 1997, 13-18. Aquincumi füzetek , no. 4. Budapesti: Budapesti Történeti Múzeum, 1997.
Choyke, A. M.. "Worked animal bone at the Sarmatian site of Gyoma 133." In Cultural and landscape changes in south-east Hungary, edited by S. Bökönyi, 365-446. Budapest: Archaeolingua alapítvány, 1996.
Choyke, A. M., and L. Bartosiewicz. "Die Tierreste aus Iatrus-Krivina (Ausgrabung 1970-1972)." In Iatrus-Krivina : spätantike Befestigung und frühmittelalterliche Siedlung an der unteren Donau, 117-121. Schriften zur Geschichte und Kultur der Antike , no. 17. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1995.
Choyke, A. M.. "Travail de l'os et de l'ivoire á Kerma." In Kerma, royaume de Nubie. Mission archéologique de l'Université de Genéve au Soudan, edited by C. Bonnet, 140-141. Geneva: Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, 1990.
Choyke, A. M.. "Modified animal bone." In The Roman Fort at Ács-Vaspuszta (Hungary) on the Danubian limes, edited by D. Gabler, 624-632. BAR International Series , no. 531. Oxford: BAR,, 1989.
Choyke, A. M.. "Patterns in the use of cattle and sheep/goat metapodials in Bronze Age Hungary." In Animals and archaeology : 4. Husbandry in Europe, edited by C. Grigson and J. Clutton-Brock, 57-66. BAR International Series , no. 227. Oxford: B.A.R., 1984.
Conference Paper
Choyke, A. M.. "MADness." In Medium Aevum Quotidianum, edited by G. Jaritz, 33-37. Krems: Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der materiellen Kultur des Mittelalter, 2009.
Choyke, A. M.. "Cut to fit: comparing Roman Period and medieval bone workshop debris from urban areas." In Csontvázak a szekrényből Válogatott tanulmányok a Magyar Archaeozoológusok Visegrádi Találkozóinak anyagából 2002–2009, edited by L. Bartosiewicz and E. Gál, 235-250. Budapest: Martin Opitz Kiadó, 2009.
"Archaeozoology of the Near East VIII." In Travaux de la Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, edited by A. M. Choyke, H. Buitenhuis and E. Vila. Lyon: Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée-Jean Pouilloux, 2008.
Choyke, A. M.. "Csonteszközvizsgálatok a régészetben." In .), Oktatónapok Százhalombattán 2, Elöadások a környezetrégészet, az örökségvédelem és az információs technológia régészeti alkalmazása köréből, edited by E. Jerem, Zs. Mester and F. Cseh. Budapest: Matrica Múzeum, 2008.
"Archaeozoology of the Near East IV." In ARC Publication, edited by A. M. Choyke, H. Buitenhuis, L. Bartosiewicz and L. Martin. Groningen: Centre for Archeological Research and Consultancy, 2006.
Choyke, A. M.. "Bone tools for a lifetime: experience and belonging." In Normes techniques et pratiques sociales : de la simplicité des outillages pré- et protohistoriques : actes des rencontres, 20-22 octobre 2005, edited by L. Astruc, 49-60. Antibes: APDCA. Association pour la promotion et la diffusion des connaissances archéologiques, 2006.
Choyke, A. M.. "Bronze Age bone and antler working at the Jászdózsa-Kápolnahalom tell." In From hooves to horns, from mollusc to mammoth : manufacture and use of bone artifacts from prehistoric times to the present, edited by H. Luik and A. M. Choyke, 129-156. Tallinn: University of Tartu, 2005.
Choyke, A. M.. "Archaeozoology and the transition from socialism to capitalism: the case of Roman Aquincum." In The future from the past : archaeozoology in wildlife conservation and heritage management, edited by R. Lauwerier and I. Plug, 141-149. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2004.
Choyke, A. M.. "Animals and Roman lifeways in Aquincum." In Forschungen in Aquincum, 1969-2002. Aquincum Nostrum II/2, edited by K. Póczy and P. Zsidi, 210-232. Budapest: Budapesti Történeti Múzeum, 2003.
"Archaeozoology of the Near East VA." In ARC Publication, edited by A. M. Choyke, H. Buitenhuis and M. Mashkour. Groningen: Centre for Archeological Research and Consultancy, 2002.
Choyke, A. M.. "A quantitative approach to the concept of quality in prehistoric bone manufacturing." In Animals and man in the past : essays in honour of Dr. A.T. Clason, emeritus professor of archaeozoology, 59-66. ARC-Publicatie , no. 41. Groningen: Archeological Research and Consultancy, 2001.
"Archaeozoology of the Near East IVA." In ARC Publication, edited by A. M. Choyke, H. Buitenhuis and L. Bartosiewicz. Groningen: Centre for Archeological Research and Consultancy, 2000.
Choyke, A. M., and L. Bartosiewicz. "Bronze Age animal keeping in Western Hungary." In Archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Age : experimental archaeology, environmental archaeology, archaeological parks, edited by E. Jerem and I. Poroszlai, 239-249. Archaeolingua Series. Budapest: Archaeolingua Alapítvány, 1999.
Choyke, A. M.. "Bone skates: raw material, manufacturing and use." In Pannonia and beyond : studies in honour of László Barkóczi, 148-156. Antaeus , no. 24. Budapest: Archaeological Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1999.
Choyke, A. M.. "Bronze Age red deer: case studies from the Great Hungarian Plain." In Man and the animal world : studies in archaeozoology, archaeology, anthropology and palaeolinguistics in memoriam Sándor Bökönyi, edited by P. Anreiter and L. Bartosiewicz, 157-178. Budapest: Archaeolingua Foundation, 1998.
Choyke, A. M., and L. Bartosiewicz. "Angling with bone." In Fish exploitation in the past, edited by W. Neer, 177-182. Annalen, Zoologische Wetenschappen , no. 274. Tervuren: Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, 1994.
Choyke, A. M., and L. Bartosiewicz. "Taxonomie und Typologie der Knochenartefakte von St. Blaise." In Beiträge zur Archäozoologie und prähistorischen Anthropologie, edited by M. Kokabi and J. Wahl, 263-268. Stuttgart: Landesdenkmalamt Baden-Württemberg, Kommissionsverlag K. Theiss Verlag, 1994.
Journal Article
Choyke, A. M., and L. Bartosiewicz. "Interactions between Game Biology, Environment and Human Behaviour in Patterns of Deer Hunting. Analysis of a Precolumbian Site in Pennsylvania, USA." Mitt. Arch. Inst. UAdW.Mitteilungen des Archäologischen Instituts der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, no. 12-13 (1984): 253-262.
Choyke, A. M.. "An analysis of bone, antler and tooth tools from Bronze Age Hungary." Mitt. Arch. Inst. UAdW.Mitteilungen des Archäologischen Instituts der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, no. 12-13 (1984): 13-57.
Choyke, A. M.. "Faunal information offered by worked bone assemblages." Acta Archaeologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 36, no. 1-4 (1984): 53-58.
Choyke, A. M., and L. Bartosiewicz. "Comments on cattle astragali from Pit 55 at Lovasberény – Mihályvár." Mitt. Arch. Inst. UAdW.Mitteilungen des Archäologischen Instituts der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, no. 10-11 (1982): 253-240.