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The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology Umberto Albarella (Reader in Zooarchaeology, Reader in Zooarchaeology, University of Sheffield)

The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology By Umberto Albarella (Reader in Zooarchaeology, Reader in Zooarchaeology, University of Sheffield)

The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology by Umberto Albarella (Reader in Zooarchaeology, Reader in Zooarchaeology, University of Sheffield)

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The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology offers a cutting-edge compendium of zooarchaeology the world over that seeks to provide a holistic view of the role played by animals in shaping human history, with case studies from five continents examining human-animal relationships across a range of geographical, historical, and cultural contexts.

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The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology by Umberto Albarella (Reader in Zooarchaeology, Reader in Zooarchaeology, University of Sheffield)

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 offers a 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 and traditions, 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, while studies 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 their material, 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.

The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology Reviews

The book is an assertion of the importance of zooarchaeology...It should be on the shelves of not just 'bone buffs', but of archaeologists across the discipline. * Peter Rowley-Conwy, Durham University, Antiquity *
Together, the volume's eight African chapters give a varied and well-referenced overview of archaeozoology as practised in diverse regions of the continent... * Peter Mitchell, Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa *
The book's historical and geographical range is remarkable from interrelationships between humans and mammals in Siberia to prehistoric fauna in New Zealand...And you don't need a degree in anatomy or archaeology: the book is accessible and focuses on concepts and themes (rather than anatomical minutiae),supported by extensive references that allow you to take matters further. * Mark Greener, Fortean Times *

About Umberto Albarella (Reader in Zooarchaeology, Reader in Zooarchaeology, University of Sheffield)

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 in 2004. Specializing in the study of animal bones from archaeological sites, his main areas of research are wide-ranging and include animal domestication and husbandry intensification, ethnoarchaeology, the ritual use of animals, husbandry evidence of Romanization, animals and medieval life, integration in archaeology, and archaeology and politics. He is widely published in these fields and has previously served as Secretary of the International Council of Archaeozoology (ICAZ) from 2006 until 2012. Mauro Rizzetto is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield whose research concerns the development of animal husbandry during the late Roman to early medieval transition in Britain and the lower Rhine region, with particular regard to biometrical changes. He has also been working at a number of archaeological sites in Italy, Britain, France, Greece, and Spain, dating from the Neolithic to the post-medieval period. He previously obtained an undergraduate degree in Archaeological Science in 2013 and a Master's degree in Osteoarchaeology in 2015, both at the University of Sheffield. Hannah Russ is a Post-Excavation Manager at and an Honorary Research fellow at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. She is a zooarchaeologist specializing in the study of aquatic animals, including fish, molluscs, and crustaceans, and has worked on remains from five UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as other sites in Western Europe and the Middle East dating from the Upper Palaeolithic through to the post-medieval period. Hannah completed her PhD in Archaeological Sciences in 2011 at the University of Bradford and subsequently held positions at the University of Sheffield and Oxford Brookes University. She was appointed a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) in 2019. Kim Vickers completed her PhD on the palaeoentomology of the North Atlantic islands in 2007. Her research has focused on the environmental impact of medieval human settlement and activity in Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe islands, and on the nature of resource use and contact between Norse and Inuit cultures in Greenland, while her other research interests include the Iron Age to Roman transition in Britain and the effects of the Roman invasion of Britain on farming practices and animal husbandry in the early first millennium AD. Sarah Viner-Daniels completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield and was subsequently appointed as a Research Associate to the Feeding Stonehenge project. Her main areas of interest include animal exploitation in Mesolithic and Neolithic Britain and the application of isotopic analysis (using strontium and oxygen) to the understanding of prehistoric livestock mobility.

Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Tables Note on Online Supplementary Material I. INTRODUCTION 1: Umberto Albarella: Zooarchaeology in the twenty-first century: where we come from, where we are now, and where we are going II. EUROPE 2: Mietje Germonpre and Mikhail V. Sablin: Humans and mammals in the Upper Palaeolithic of Russia 3: Katherine Boyle: The zooarchaeology of complexity and specialization during the Upper Palaeolithic in Western Europe: changing diversity and evenness 4: Lembi Lougas: Mesolithic hunting and fishing in the coastal and terrestrial environments of the eastern Baltic 5: Jean-Denis Vigne: Archaeozoological techniques and protocols for elaborating scenarios of early colonization and Neolithization of Cyprus 6: Joerg Schibler: Zooarchaeological results from Neolithic and Bronze Age wetland and dryland sites in the Central Alpine Foreland: economic, ecologic, and taphonomic relevance 7: Laszlo Bartosiewicz: Zooarchaeology in the Carpathian Basin and adjacent areas 8: Paul Halstead and Valasia Isaakidou: Sheep, sacrifices, and symbols: animals in Later Bronze Age Greece 9: Jacopo De Grossi Mazzorin and Claudia Minniti: Changes in lifestyle in ancient Rome (Italy) across the Iron Age/Roman transition: the evidence from animal remains 10: 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 pathways 11: Dale Serjeantson: Fishing, wildfowling, and marine mammal exploitation in northern Scotland from prehistory to Early Modern times 12: Simon J. M. Davis: Zooarchaeological evidence for Muslim improvement of sheep (Ovis aries) in Portugal 13: Finbar McCormick and Emily Murray: The zooarchaeology of Medieval Ireland 14: Terry O'Connor: Animals in urban life in Medieval to Early Modern England 15: Mark Maltby: From bovid to beaver: mammal exploitation in Medieval northwest Russia III. ASIA 16: Joris Peters, Nadja Poellath, and Benjamin S. Arbuckle: The emergence of livestock husbandry in Early Neolithic Anatolia 17: Canan Cak)irlar and Levent Atici: Patterns of animal exploitation in western Turkey: from Palaeolithic molluscs to Byzantine elephants 18: Ajita K. Patel and Richard H. Meadow: South Asian contributions to animal domestication and pastoralism: bones, genes, and archaeology 19: Li Liu and Xiaolin Ma: The zooarchaeology of Neolithic China 20: 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 archipelago 22: Charles F. W. Higham: Farming, social change, and state formation in south-east Asia 23: Justin E. Lev-Tov and Sarah Whitcher Kansa: The zooarchaeology of early historic periods in the southern Levant IV. AFRICA 24: Ina Plug: Middle and Later Stone Age hunters and their prey in southern Africa 25: Diane Gifford-Gonzalez: Pastoralism in sub-Saharan Africa: emergence and ramifications 26: Louis Chaix: Cattle, a major component of the Kerma culture (Sudan) 27: Shaw Badenhorst: The zooarchaeology of Iron Age farmers from southern Africa 28: Veerle Linseele: The exploitation of aquatic resources in Holocene West Africa 29: Salima Ikram: Animals in ancient Egyptian religion: belief, identity, power, and economy 30: Michael MacKinnon: Animals, acculturation, and colonization in ancient and Islamic North Africa 31: 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 Africa V. NORTH AMERICA 32: Gregory G. Monks: Zooarchaeology of the pre-Contact Northwest coast of North America 33: Rebecca M. Dean: Fauna and the emergence of intensive agricultural economies in the United States Southwest 34: John D. Speth: 13,000 years of communal bison hunting in western North America 35: Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales and Eduardo Corona-M.: Advances in hunter-gatherer research in Mexico: archaeozoological contributions 36: Tanya M. Peres: The exploitation of aquatic environments by the Olmec and Epi-Olmec 37: Heather A. Lapham: Tracking the trade in animal pelts in early historic eastern North America 38: Elizabeth J. Reitz: Animal use at early colonies on the south-eastern coast of the United States 39: Kitty F. Emery: Zooarchaeology of the Maya VI. SOUTH AMERICA 40: Peter W. Stahl: Zooarchaeological approaches to Pre-Columbian archaeology in the neotropics of northwestern South America 41: Daniela Klokler: Zooarchaeology of Brazilian shell mounds 42: Guillermo L. Mengoni Gonalons: Camelid hunting and herding in Inca times: a view from the South of the empire 43: Luis A. Borrero: Forests, steppes, and coastlines: zooarchaeology and the prehistoric exploitation of Patagonian habitats VII. OCEANIA 44: Matthew Leavesley: Themes in the Zooarchaeology of Pleistocene Melanesia 45: Richard Cosgrove and Jillian Garvey: Behavioural inferences from Late Pleistocene aboriginal Australia: seasonality, butchery, and nutrition in southwest Tasmania 46: Ian Smith: Regional and chronological variations in energy harvests from prehistoric fauna in New Zealand 47: Melinda S. Allen: Spatial variability and human eco-dynamics in central-east Polynesian fisheries Mauro Rizzetto and Umberto Albarella: A Glossary of Zooarchaeological Methods Notes on Contributors Index

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