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  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521758581

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  • Birds is the first book to examine bird remains in archaeology and anthropology. Providing a thorough review of the literature on this topic, it also serves as a guide to the methods of study of bird remains from the past and covers a wide range of topics, including anatomy and osteology, taphonomy, eggs, feathers, and, bone tools. It examines the myriad ways in which people have interacted with birds in the past. The volume also includes discussion on the consumption of wild birds, the domestication of birds, cockfighting and falconry, birds in ritual and religion, and the role of birds in ecological reconstruction, providing an up-to-date survey of current knowledge on these topics. Birds will be an invaluable resource for undergraduate and graduate students interested in zooarchaeology and human-animal relations, as well as professional zooarchaeologists, archaeologists, and anthropologists interested in birds and people of the past.

    • The first book to be written on bird remains from archaeological sites
    • Comprehensive and up-to-date survey of our knowledge of birds in the human past
    • Comprehensive guide to the study of bird remains for students and professionals
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a thorough review of the literature on this topic, it also serves as a guide to the methods of study of bird remains from the past and covers a wide range of topics, including anatomy and osteology, taphonomy, eggs, feathers, and bone tools."
    The Birdbooker Report

    "... interesting and well-researched book... Birds will be a valuable resource for interested advanced students studying ornithology, anthropology, paleontology, and archaeology/zooarchaeology."
    D.A. Brass, Choice Magazine

    "Overall, Birds is an excellent book and it could easily serve as a key reference source for looking into the various roles and remains of birds in the archaeological past." -Robert J. Stark, Canadian Journal of Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521758581
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 177 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • contains: 171 b/w illus. 1 map 61 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Biology, behaviour and anatomy
    3. Ageing, sexing and pathology with Tony Waldron
    4. Identification, recording and quantification
    5. Taphonomy: natural changes and recovery
    6. Taphonomy: human modifications and element survival
    7. Eggs and eggshell
    8. Feathers, skins and other products
    9. Tools and ornaments
    10. Wild birds as food
    11. The domestic chicken
    12. Other domestic birds
    13. Sport and pleasure
    14. Birds in symbol and ritual
    15. Birds in the environment
    16. Conclusions and outstanding questions.

  • Author

    Dale Serjeantson, University of Southampton
    Dale Serjeantson is a Research Fellow in Archaeology in the School of Humanities, University of Southampton, UK. She is the co-author, with Alan Cohen, of Manual for the Identification of Bird Bones from Archaeological Sites and has contributed papers on birds and other zooarchaeological topics in journals and popular magazines. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology and a member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, the Association for Environmental Archaeology, and L'homme et l'animal: Societie de recherché interdisciplinaire.

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