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

Overview

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

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     ix
List of Tables     xv
Preface to the Second Edition     xix
Acknowledgments     xxiii
Zooarchaeology     1
Zooarchaeological History and Theory     11
Basic Biology     31
Ecology     88
Disposal of Faunal Remains and Sample Recovery     117
Gathering Primary Data     153
Secondary Data     182
Humans as Predators: Subsistence Strategies and Other Uses of Animals     251
Control of Animals Through Domestication     287
Evidence for Past Environmental Conditions     316
Conclusions     335
Taxonomic List     353
Anatomical Drawings     363
Reference Collections, Management of Archaeofaunal Collections, Publication, and Curation     377
Hypothetical Collection Data     396
Bibliography     409
Systematic Index     491
Topical Index     504

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