• E-mailsamuel.walker@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Allégaten 41
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7800
    5020 Bergen

I am a zooarchaeologist, specialising in the study of sub-fossil bird bone remains. My research is focuses on looking at long-term patterns in Northern European avifauna, in particular Norway. The purpose of my research is to further our understanding of birds in the past by investigating both biological and archaeological questions, looking at reasons behind range shifts, population changes, species introductions and extinctions. My most recent work has focused on bird remains from Norwegian archaeological sites dating to the Medieval period, and is currently in the process of publication.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2022). Why did the chicken cross the Wallace Line? Archeological evidence suggests human-mediated dispersal of Gallus to Flores first occurred at least ~2.25 ka cal. BP. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Size variation in mid-Holocene North Atlantic Puffins indicates a dynamic response to climate change. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2020). More than food; evidence for different breeds and cockfighting in Gallus gallus bones from Medieval and Post-Medieval Norway. Quaternary International. 125-134.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Birds in medieval Norway. Open Quaternary.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Birds from Borgund .
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2021). Why did the chickens cross the North Sea? The introduction of chickens into Norway; New evidence from the Borgund kaupang.
Museum exhibition
  • Show author(s) (2019). Livet i luften.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Dine nærmeste slektninger.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Have fowl, will travel. Chickens and the transition to farming at Liang Bua, Flores. .

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Walker, S.J., Hufthammer, A.K. and Meijer, H.J.M., 2019. Birds in Medieval Norway. Open Quaternary, 5(1), p.5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.58

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