Rob Losey


Rob Losey in the field in Siberia

Rob is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta as well as a Research Associate with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

His research interests include zooarchaeology, Northwest Coast archaeology, Siberia, mortuary archaeology, animism, fishing, and archaeology of natural disasters. He has conducted extensive research in the Lake Baikal reigon of Siberia, Russia, and on the Northwest coast of North America. His research on ancient dog burials was recently featured in several Russian news outlets.

For BHAP, Rob will be coordinating the analysis of all faunal remains.


Phone: 780-492-2028

Websites: FacultyPage University of AlbertaAcademia Profile

13-15 HM Tory
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta


Losey, R.J., Nomokonova, T., Savel'ev, N.A.  2014. Humans and animals at Bugul'deika II, a Trans-Holocene Habitation site on the shore of Lake Baikal, Russia. Quaternary International

Losey, R.J., Jessup, E., Nomokonova, T., Sablin, M.  2014. Craniomandibular Trauma and Tooth Loss in Northern Dogs and Wolves: Implications for the Archaeological Study of Dog Husbandry and Domestication. PLoS ONE. 9(6): e99746. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099746.

Losey, R.J., B. Osipov, R. Sivakumaran, T. Nomokonova, E.V. Kovychev, N.G. Diatchina. 2014. Estimating body mass in dogs and wolves using cranial and mandibular dimensions: application to Siberian canids. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology DOI: 10.1002/oa.2386. 

Nomokonova, T. R.J. Losey, V.N. Iakunaeva, I.A. Emel’ianova, E.A. Baginova, M.V. Pastukhov.  2013. People and Seals at Siberia’s Lake Baikal. Ethnobiology 33(2):259-280.

Losey, R.J., S. Garvie-Lok, J.A. Leonard, M.A. Katzenberg, M. Germonpre, T. Nomokonova, M.V. Sablin, O.I. Goriunova, N.E. Berdnikova, N.A. Savel’ev.  2013. Burying Dogs in Ancient Cis-Baikal, Siberia: Temporal Trends and Relationships with Human Diet and Subsistence Practices. PLoS One:e63740.


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