Date of Completion

Spring 5-1-2023

Thesis Advisor(s)

C Tryon

Honors Major



This thesis explores eleven archaeological sites on the island of Sicily to further understand the paleoenvironment of the island at the time of early human occupation. Utilizing faunal records, we have analyzed the indicator taxa at each site, conducted a habitat weighting analysis, and performed several multivariate tests to determine what the paleoenvironment of Late Pleistocene Sicily may have looked like. Based on the taxa that existed on the island during the Late Pleistocene, we have determined that Sicily likely had a temperate environment and contained habitats that are no longer abundant in the present day.