Project ALIeNS

Human have translocated plants and animals to islands for millennia. However, systematic documentation of the global history of ancient invasion is challenging due to differences in archaeological practice across the world, varying definitions and types of evidence of translocation, and dispersed datasets. Building on recent attempts to establish criteria for evaluating possible ancient translocations, we developed Project ALIeNS (ArchaeoLogy of INvasive Species) for archaeologists, managers, and stakeholders to document ancient translocations. With the help of the research community, our goal is to amalgamate these data sets from published and gray literature to investigate the role humans have had in constructing the ecosystems we see today.