When Entomological studies meet Archaeology: archaeoentomology an old, new discipline for investigation of the Past

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Stefano Vanin


Insects, Diptera, Mummies, Burial, Decomposition


Due to their widespread distribution and their ability of colonizing all the terrestrial and freshwater ecological niches, insects represent a good candidate in archaeological investigation to derive further levels of knowledge. Arcaheoentomology is the discipline devoted to this aim. In addition, a more specific discipline, funerary archaeoentomology focus its attention to the funerary context in order to reconstruct the funerary practices and obtaining specific information about rituals, bodies’s transfer and sanitary conditions. In this review the potentialities and the limits of this disciplines are described.

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