This book serves as an introductory text for students interested in identification and analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites. 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 isotyopes 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 archaeofaunal materials.Read more
- Covers a wide range of organisms, not included in other texts, for example vertebrate classes, molluscs and crustaceans, providing readers with a thoroughly rigorous examination of the field
- Global in scope and includes examples from the Pleistocene into the nineteenth century A. D.
- Combines a strong biological basis with anthropological interpretations with an extensive bibliography
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'Students of zooarchaeology and seasoned practitioners alike will derive great benefit from this new edition of a classic work. Reitz and Wing have combined their considerable talents and decades of experience to produce a volume that is useful at every level. Issues particular to zooarchaeology are covered with clarity and thoroughness, while matters of general concern to the discipline, such as sampling, are prominently featured, making the book an excellent reference work. … All archaeologists are indebted to the authors for producing such a worthy volume: I encourage them to repay the debt by purchasing it.' Journal of Archaeological Science
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: January 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521673938
- length: 560 pages
- dimensions: 251 x 178 x 30 mm
- weight: 1.02kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Zooarchaeological history and theory
3. Basic biology
5. Disposal of faunal remains and sample recovery
6. Gathering primary data
7. Secondary data
8. Humans as predators: subsistence strategies and other uses of animals
9. Control of animals through domestication
10. Evidences for past environmental conditions
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