Dr Lídia Colominas is a Ramon y Cajal researcher at ICAC since 2021 with a strong research career in Classical Archaeology. The main aim of her research is the study of past colonizations using an archaeozoological approach. She has primarily studied Roman colonization in the western Mediterranean basin (present day Catalonia and Tunisia), focusing on four main research areas: human diet, animal husbandry, ritual practices and animal trade. The study of these research areas provides knowledge to key topics for the investigation of the colonization process, such as social identities and cultural choices, inequalities, ideologies or economic changes.
To delve further into these research areas, Dr Colominas integrates innovative methodological lines of research into the standard archaeozoological approach. She has applied palaeogenetic analyses to study animal introductions into the newly conquered territories, and she is currently applying Geometric Morphometric analyses to study animal mobility and phenotypic changes. To date, she has directed, co-directed and collaborated in more than 35 competitively-funded research projects, with the coordination of the faunal analyses of more than 25 archaeological sites.
She has been Editorial Board Member of the journal ‘International Journal of Archaeology’ from 2019 to 2021, and she is Editorial Board Member of the journal ‘Quaternary International’ since 2021.
She has extensive experience in Higher Education teaching at both postgraduate and graduate level, and she is guest teacher at the Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona). To date, she has directed 2 PhDs to successful completion and she is currently co-supervising another one.
Dr Colominas has been member of the EAA community ‘Archaeology and Gender in Europe’ (AGE) since 2022.