Zooarchaeology / Edition 1

Zooarchaeology / Edition 1

by Elizabeth J. Reitz, Elizabeth S. Wing
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521485290

ISBN-13: 9780521485296

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book serves as an introductory text for students interested in the identification and the analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites. The emphasis is on animals whose remains inform us about the relationship between humans and their natural and social environments, especially site formation processes, subsistence strategies, the processes of…  See more details below

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This book serves as an introductory text for students interested in the identification and the analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites. The emphasis is on animals whose remains inform us about the relationship between humans and their natural and social environments, especially site formation processes, subsistence strategies, the processes of domestication, and paleoenvironments. Examining studies from all over the world, from the Pleistocene period up to the present, this volume is organized in way that is parallel to a faunal study, beginning with background information, bias in a faunal assemblage, and basic zooarchaeological methods. A Hypothetical Zooarchaeological Collection illustrates fundamental methods for the collection of primary and secondary data that are applicable to zooarchaeology practice.

This revised edition reflects developments in zooarchaeology that have occurred during the past decade. It includes new sections on enamel ultrastructure and incremental analysis, stable isotopes and trace elements, ancient genetics and enzymes, environmental reconstruction, people as agents of environmental change, applications of zooarchaeology in animal conversation and heritage management, and a discussion of issues pertaining to the curation of zooarchaeological materials.

About the Author:
Elizabeth J. Reitz is Professor of Anthropology at the Georgia Museum of Natural History, University of Georgia

About the Author:
Elizabeth S. Wing is Curator Emeritus at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521485296
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
454
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Zooarchaeology1
2Zooarchaeological history and theory12
3Basic biology32
4Ecology85
5Disposal of faunal remains and sample recovery110
6Gathering primary data142
7Secondary data171
8Humans as predators: subsistence strategies and other uses of animals239
9Control of animals through domestication279
10Evidences for past environmental conditions306
11Conclusions320
App. 1Taxonomic list335
App. 2Anatomical drawings346
App. 3Reference collections, management of archaeofaunal collections, publication, and curation361
App. 4Hypothetical Collection data378
Bibliography389
Index438

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