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Department of Archaeology



I am interested in an integrative archaeology incorporating biomolecular approaches and study of historical art and texts. I graduated with a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College, USA (2018), and an MA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, Canada (2020). My MA thesis, supervised by Dr. Christina Giovas, centered on faunal translocations and human-animal relationships in the pre-Contact Lesser Antilles (Caribbean). I am currently undertaking my PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr. Piers Mitchell and Prof. Matthew Collins. My project focuses on investigating fish exploitation in the Medieval and post-Medieval Low Countries using zooarchaeological, isotope, and parasite records, as well as molecular analysis of cesspit sediments. In parallel, I am also working on a project with Dr. Ainara Sistiaga (University of Copenhagen) to investigate environmental biomarkers in the Caribbean. I have fieldwork experience in the USA, Caribbean (Curaçao Cultural Landscape Project), and Yorkshire (Aldborough Roman Town Project).


Environmental archaeology, human-animal relationships, faunal introductions/translocations, faunal management, anthropogenic impacts on island ecosystems.

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Rabinow, S. 2022. Ethnohistoric Accounts as Valuable Resources for Deciphering Commensal Relationships of pre-Contact Caribbean Agouti (Dasyprocta). Journal of Ethnobiology 41(4): 481–498. DOI: 10.2993/0278-0771-41.4.481

Rabinow, S., and C.M. Giovas. 2022. A Systematic Review of Agouti (Dasyproctidae: Dasyprocta) Records from the Pre-1492 Lesser Antilles: New Perspectives on an Introduced Commensal. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 31(5): 758–769. DOI: 10.1002/oa.2987

Teaching and Supervisions


TA: A12: Archaeological Theory and Practice

Research supervision: 

B1: Humans in Biological Perspective

Job Titles

PhD Student in Biological Anthropology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Human Palaeoecology
Biomolecular Archaeology
Art and Iconography

Contact Details

sar95 [at]


Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Other Late Prehistory
Other Prehistory