The Excavations of San Giovanni di Ruoti: Volume III: The Faunal and Plant Remains / Edition 1

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2002 Hardcover First edition New 4to. Bright red boards with gilt decoration. 256 p.

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This third volume of The Excavations of San Giovanni di Ruoti series deals with the social, economic, and environmental information derived from the analysis of zooarchaeological and palaeobotanical remains found at the fourth-century A.D. Italian villa of San Giovanni di Ruoti. The four contributors use the large collection of organic evidence obtained from the site, including mammal and bird bones, shells, land snails, and plant remains, to provide information on diet, food preparation, economics, trade routes, taxation, local environment and climate, agricultural economy, and animal husbandry. With both technical analysis and an interpretive component, the contributors offer various reconstructions of Roman life, often in combination with quotations from ancient literary sources, allowing this work to appeal to both the specialist and layperson alike. Written with a thoroughness and attention to detail not often seen in zooarchaeological work, this analysis represents an important advance in the study of faunal and botanical data in Roman archaeology in Italy, and will be an invaluable resource for all environmental and classical archaeologists.

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Archaeologists continue to detail the results of their excavation of the Roman villa near the western watershed of the Lucanian Apennines. Here they describe animal bones, terrestrial molluscs, bird bones, marine and freshwater shells, plant remains, and the remains of a fetus found in one of the middens. The first two volumes deal with the site and setting, and with small finds such as lamps and coins; the fourth and final will consider pottery and glass. Many charts and graphs, and a few drawings and monochrome photographs support the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802048653
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Series: Phoenix Supplementary Volumes Series, #40
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael MacKinnon is a Postdoctoral fellow at Boston University.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Figures
1 The Animal Bones 3
2 The Avian Remains 171
3 Marine and Freshwater Shells 189
4 Land Snails 195
5 Plant Remains 201
Bibliography 217
Illustrations 227
Indexes 251
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