Norbert Benecke is head of the Department of Natural Sciences at the German Archaeological Institute and a specialist in the field of archaeozoology. His main research interests include the exploitation of animals by prehistoric people in the various landscape zones of Eurasia (Neolithic–Iron Age), animal domestications in prehistoric times and the environmental history of Eurasia. Within Topoi (A-4) he is engaged in a project on the “textile revolution” in Western Asia and Europe.