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Dorothea Bate is recognized as a pioneer of archaeozoology – the study of animal bones from archaeological sites. She also worked extensively on cave sites. Her research in Cyprus, Crete, Majorca and Menorca, as well as pre World War II Palestine, showed her holistic approach to the use of animal bones in order to deduce dates, climate and environment of the sites. She was the first woman to work as a scientist at the Natural History Museum, then known as the British Museum (Natural History), and her research reports on the fossil faunas are still being used today.

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