The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology

Hardcover | April 2, 2017

EditorUmberto Albarella, Mauro Rizzetto, Hannah Russ

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Animals have played a fundamental role in shaping human history, and the study of their remains from archaeological sites - zooarchaeology - has gradually been emerging as a powerful discipline and crucible for forging an understanding of our past. The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology offersa cutting-edge compendium of zooarchaeology the world over that transcends environmental, economic, and social approaches, seeking instead to provide a holistic view of the roles played by animals in past human cultures. Incisive chapters written by leading scholars in the field incorporate case studies from across five continents, from Iceland to New Zealand and from Japan to Egypt and Ecuador, providing a sense of the dynamism of the discipline, the many approaches and methods adopted by different schools andtraditions, and an idea of the huge range of interactions that have occurred between people and animals throughout the world and its history. Adaptations of human-animal relationships in environments as varied as the Arctic, temperate forests, deserts, the tropics, and the sea are discussed, whilestudies of hunter-gatherers, farmers, herders, fishermen, and even traders and urban dwellers highlight the importance that animals have had in all forms of human societies. With an introduction that clearly contextualizes the current practice of zooarchaeology in relation to both its history and the challenges and opportunities that can be expected for the future, and a methodological glossary illuminating the way in which zooarchaeologists approach the study of theirmaterial, this Handbook will be invaluable not only for specialists in the field, but for anybody who has an interest in our past and the role that animals have played in forging it.

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Animals have played a fundamental role in shaping human history, and the study of their remains from archaeological sites - zooarchaeology - has gradually been emerging as a powerful discipline and crucible for forging an understanding of our past. The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology offersa cutting-edge compendium of zooarchaeology ...

Umberto Albarella is a Reader in Zooarchaeology at the University of Sheffield. He obtained his PhD from the University of Durham, having first become interested in anthropology and then archaeology as an undergraduate student, and worked at the Universities of Lecce, Birmingham, and Durham before moving to the University of Sheffield ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:816 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:April 2, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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FrontmatterList of FiguresList of TablesOnline Supplementary MaterialI. INTRODUCTION1. Umberto Albarella: Zooarchaeology in the 21st century: where we come from, where we are now, and where we are goingII. EUROPE2. Mietje Germonpre and Mikhail V. Sablin: Humans and mammals in the Upper Palaeolithic of Russia3. Katherine Boyle: The zooarchaeology of complexity and specialization during the Upper Palaeolithic in Western Europe: changing diversity and evenness4. Lembi Lougas: Mesolithic hunting and fishing in the coastal and terrestrial environments of the eastern Baltic5. Jean-Denis Vigne: Archaeozoological techniques and protocols for elaborating scenarios of early colonization and Neolithization of Cyprus6. Jorg Schibler: Zooarchaeological results from Neolithic and Bronze Age wetland and dryland sites in the Central Alpine Foreland: economic, ecologic, and taphonomic relevance7. Laszlo Bartosiewicz: Zooarchaeology in the Carpathian Basin and adjacent areas8. Paul Halstead and Valasia Isaakidou: Sheep, sacrifices, and symbols: animals in Later Bronze Age Greece9. Jacopo De Grossi Mazzorin and Claudia Minniti: Changes in lifestyle in ancient Rome (Italy) across the Iron Age/Roman transition: the evidence from animal remains10. Konrad Smiarowski, Ramona Harrison, Seth Brewington, Megan Hicks, Frank J. Feeley, Celine Dupont-Hebert, Brenda Prehal, George Hambrecht, James Woollett, and Thomas H. McGovern: Zooarchaeology of the Scandinavian settlements in Iceland and Greenland: diverging pathways11. Dale Serjeantson: Fishing, wildfowling, and marine mammal exploitation in northern Scotland from prehistory to Early Modern times12. Simon J. M. Davis: Zooarchaeological evidence for Moslem improvement of sheep (Ovis aries) in Portugal13. Finbar McCormick and Emily Murray: The zooarchaeology of Medieval Ireland14. Terry O'Connor: Animals in urban life in Medieval to Early Modern England15. Mark Maltby: From bovid to beaver: mammal exploitation in Medieval north-west RussiaIII. ASIA16. Joris Peters, Nadja Pollath, and Benjamin S. Arbuckle: The emergence of livestock husbandry in Early Neolithic Anatolia17. Canan Cakirlar and Levent Atici: Patterns of animal exploitation in western Turkey: from Palaeolithic molluscs to Byzantine elephants18. Ajita K. Patel and Richard H. Meadow: South Asian contributions to animal domestication and pastoralism: bones, genes, and archaeology19. Li Liu and Xiaolin Ma: The zooarchaeology of Neolithic China20. Norbert Benecke: Subsistence economy, animal domestication, and herd management in prehistoric central Asia (Neolithic - Iron Age)21. Hitomi Hongo: Introduction of domestic animals to the Japanese archipelago22. Charles F. W. Higham: Farming, social change, and state formation in south-east Asia23. Justin E. Lev-Tov and Sarah Whitcher Kansa: The zooarchaeology of early historic periods in the southern LevantIV. AFRICA24. Ina Plug: Middle and Later Stone Age hunters and their prey in southern Africa25. Diane Gifford-Gonzalez: Pastoralism in sub-Saharan Africa: emergence and ramifications26. Louis Chaix: Cattle, a major component of the Kerma culture (Sudan)27. Shaw Badenhorst: The zooarchaeology of Iron Age farmers from southern Africa28. Veerle Linseele: The exploitation of aquatic resources in Holocene West Africa29. Salima Ikram: Animals in ancient Egyptian religion: belief, identity, power, and economy30. Michael MacKinnon: Animals, acculturation, and colonization in ancient and Islamic North Africa31. Adam R. Heinrich: Historical zooarchaeology of colonialism, mercantilism, and indigenous dispossession: the Dutch East India Company's meat industry at the Cape of Good Hope, South AfricaV. NORTH AMERICA32. Gregory G. Monks: Zooarchaeology of the pre-Contact Northwest coast of North America33. Rebecca M. Dean: Fauna and the emergence of intensive agricultural economies in the United States south-west34. John D. Speth: 13,000 years of communal bison hunting in western North America35. Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales and Eduardo Corona-M.: Advances in hunter-gatherer research in Mexico: archaeozoological contributions36. Tanya M. Peres: The exploitation of aquatic environments by the Olmec and Epi-Olmec37. Heather A. Lapham: Tracking the trade in animal pelts in early historic eastern North America38. Elizabeth J. Reitz: Animal use at early colonies on the south-eastern coast of the United States39. Kitty F. Emery: Zooarchaeology of the MayaVI. SOUTH AMERICA40. Peter W. Stahl: Zooarchaeological approaches to Pre-Columbian archaeology in the neotropics of north-western South America41. Daniela Klokler: Zooarchaeology of Brazilian shell mounds42. Guillermo L. Mengoni Gonalons: Camelid hunting and herding in Inca times: a view from the South of the empire43. Luis A. Borrero: Forests, steppes, and coastlines: zooarchaeology and the prehistoric exploitation of Patagonian habitatsVII. OCEANIA44. Matthew Leavesley: Pleistocene adaptations in tropical rainforest environments in Island Melanesia45. Richard Cosgrove and Jillian Garvey: Behavioural inferences from Late Pleistocene aboriginal Australia: seasonality, butchery, and nutrition in south-west Tasmania46. Ian Smith: Regional and chronological variations in energy harvests from prehistoric fauna in New Zealand47. Melinda S. Allen: Spatial variability and human eco-dynamics in central-east Polynesian fisheriesEndmatterMauro Rizzetto and Umberto Albarella: A Glossary of Zooarchaeological MethodsNotes on ContributorsIndex