The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology

ISBN : 9780199686476

Umberto Albarella; Mauro Rizzetto; Hannah Russ; Kim Vickers; Sarah Viner-Daniels
864 ページ
171 x 246 mm
Oxford Handbooks

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.


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1 Umberto Albarella: Zooarchaeology in the 21st century: where we come from, where we are now, and where we are going

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 Jorg 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 Moslem 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 north-west Russia

16 Joris Peters, Nadja Pollath, and Benjamin S. Arbuckle: The emergence of livestock husbandry in Early Neolithic Anatolia
17 Canan Cakirlar 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

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

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 south-west
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

40 Peter W. Stahl: Zooarchaeological approaches to Pre-Columbian archaeology in the neotropics of north-western 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

44 Matthew Leavesley: Pleistocene adaptations in tropical rainforest environments in Island Melanesia
45 Richard Cosgrove and Jillian Garvey: Behavioural inferences from Late Pleistocene aboriginal Australia: seasonality, butchery, and nutrition in south-west 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


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 Northern Archaeological Associates and an Honorary Research fellow at the Universities of Sheffield and 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 before taking up her current role at Northern Archaeological Associates. ; Kim Vickers is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield and specializes in zooarchaeology and the reconstruction of ancient environments. After completing 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 is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. After completing her PhD at Sheffield she 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.