Insect remains associated with archaeological sites can yield much information on human and insect populations and how they interacted through time. This includes the use of insects as food, human and animal ectoparasites, using insects to track past environmental change, and tracking historically introduced species of insects into the New World.
Insect Fragment Identification
Archaeological Insects are usually disarticulated, so we are very familiar with ways to identify an insect based on only one or two anatomical parts. Thus, for non-archaeological purposes, such as ecological studies (owl pellets, fish stomachs, etc.) or even in forensic contexts, we will identify fragmented insect remains.
Medical / Veterinary Entomology
Because some archaeological insect remains contain human and animal ectoparasites, we are offering our services to medical and veterinary clinics, identifying any insect or arthropod ectoparasite (fleas, lice, bed bugs, mites, ticks, etc.) found on human or animal patients, and providing a brief report containing information about its taxonomy, natural history, ecology, and any known diseases for which it might be a vector.
All rates are reasonable and negotiable. Contact us for more info!