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Humans, Animals, and the Craft of Slaughter in Archaeo-Historic Societies


  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428804

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  • In this book, Krish Seetah uses butchery as a point of departure for exploring the changing historical relationships between animal utility, symbolism, and meat consumption. Seetah brings together several bodies of literature - on meat, cut marks, craftspeople, and the role of craft in production - that have heretofore been considered in isolation from one another. Focusing on the activity inherent in butcher, he describes the history of knowledge that typifies the craft. He also provides anthropological and archaeological case studies which showcase examples of butchery practices in varied contexts that are seldom identified with zooarchaeological research. Situating the relationship between practice, practitioner, material and commodity, this imaginative study offers new insights into food production, consumption, and the craft of cuisine.

    • Provides a much broader social and ecological view of butchers, butchery and butchering
    • Re-conceptualises a well established data set
    • Examines many ethnographic and archaeo-historic case studies
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    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428804
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 184 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Butchery as Craft and Social Praxis:
    1. Animal bodies, human technology
    2. Conceptualising 'butchery'
    3. Thinking practically
    4. Craft, practice, and social boundaries
    5. Intellectualizing practice: bridging analogy and technology
    6. The materiality of butchery
    Part II. The Butchers' Practice in Archaeo-Historic Societies:
    7. Studying cut marks in historic archaeological contexts
    8. Problematising butchery studies
    9. Harnessing the power of the cut mark record
    10. Humans, animals, and the butchers' craft in Roman and medieval Britain
    11. Connecting complex butchering to complexity in society
    12. Beyond butchery.

  • Author

    Krish Seetah, Stanford University, California
    Krish Seetah is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. He brings vocational experience as a professional butcher to his research on environmental archaeology, especially human-animal interactions, and the ecological consequences of colonialism.  He is the author of Bones for Tools – Tools for Bones: The Interplay Between Objects and Objectives (2012) and Connecting Continents: Archaeology and History in the Indian Ocean (forthcoming).

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