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Economic Zooarchaeology

Studies in Hunting, Herding and Early Agriculture

By Peter Rowley-Conwy (Edited by), Dale Serjeantson (Edited by), Paul Halstead (Edited by)

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Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Other Information: b/w
Published In: United Kingdom, 26 May 2017
Economic archaeology is the study of how past peoples exploited animals and plants, using as evidence the remains of those animals and plants. The animal side is usually termed zooarchaeology, the plant side archaeobotany. What distinguishes them from other studies of ancient animals and plants is that their ultimate aim is to find out about human behaviour - the animal and plant remains are a means to this end. The 33 papers present a wide array of topics covering many areas of archaeological interest. Aspects of method and theory, animal bone identification, human palaeopathology, prehistoric animal utilisation in South America, and the study of dog cemeteries are covered. The long-running controversy over the milking of animals and the use of dairy products by humans is discussed as is the ecological impact of hunting by farmers, with studies from Serbia and Syria. For Britain, coverage extends from Mesolithic Star Carr, via the origins of agriculture and the farmers of Lismore Fields, through considerations of the Neolithic and Bronze Age. Outside Britain, papers discuss Neolithic subsistence in Cyprus and Croatia, Iron Age society in Spain, Medieval and post-medieval animal utilisation in northern Russia, and the claimed finding of a modern red deer skeleton in Egypt's Eastern Desert. In exploring these themes, this volume celebrates the life and work of Tony Legge (zoo)archaeologist and teacher.

Table of Contents

Introduction Authors' addresses Tone Legge - a bibliography Part 1: Bone Man: the career and influence of Tony Legge 1. Robin Dennell Tony Legge, 1939-2013 2. Harvey Sheldon (with a contribution by Nick Bateson, Mike Hacker and Geraldine Missig) Tony Legge and Continuing Education in Archaeology at the University of London 1974-2004 3. Andrew M. T. Moore "The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea...": Tony Legge and the origins and spread of animal husbandry 4. Charles Higham Reflections on a dustbin: froth flotation and the origins of rice cultivation in southeast Asia 5. James F. O'Connell How the pig parts got from Warrago to Web 6. David Jacques Tony Legge and the Blick Mead Mesolithic Project Part 2: Zooarchaeological method and theory 7. Anthony J. Legge Bone measurements and body weights from some Australian feral pigs 8. Anthony J. Legge and Chris Stimpson A morphometric investigation of late Pleistocene and Holocene humeri of aoudad (Barbary sheep: Ammotragus lervia, Pallas 1777) recovered from the Haua Fteah, Cyrenaica, Libya 9. Simon J. M. Davis Towards a metrical distinction between sheep and goat astragali 10. Tony Waldron Down among the dead men: wrong end epidemiology and its implications for palaeopathology 11. Angela Perri A typology of dog deposition in archaeological contexts 12. A. Sebastian Munoz and Mariana Mondini The boundaries of the world: the archaeology of humans and animals in southern South America 13. Dale Serjeantson Zooarchaeology in Britain: a partial history The zooarchaeology of milking controversy 14. Paul Halstead and Valasia Isaakidou Calf mortality and milking: was Tony Legge right after all? 15. Angelos Hadjikoumis Age-at-death in traditional Cypriot sheep and goat husbandry: implications for zooarchaeology 16. Rosalind Gillis A calf's eye view of milk production: Tony Legge's contribution to dairy husbandry studies 17. Pam J. Crabtree Rethinking dairying in the Irish Iron Age: evidence from Dun Ailinne 18. Alan K. Outram Answering zooarchaeological questions from the analysis of animal bones and organic pottery residues: a critical comparison 19. Peter Bogucki Salt, cows, milk, and the earliest farmers of Central Europe Part 3: Farmers that hunt 20. Jonathan C. Driver and Shaw Badenhorst Hunting by farmers: ecological implications 21. Carlos Tornero, Marie Balasse, Joel Ughetto-Monfrin, Miquel Molist and Maria Sana Evaluating seasonality of birth in gazelles in the Middle Euphrates Valley: confirming ethological assumptions in the Abu Hureyra model 22. Haskel Greenfield Hunting and herding in the Middle Neolithic of central Serbia: a zooarchaeological analysis of Stragari-Sljivik, Serbia Part 4: Prehistoric Britain 23. Peter Rowley-Conwy To the Upper Lake: Star Carr revisited - by birchbark canoe 24. Roger Mercer The first farmers in Britain and Ireland - whence, whither and how? Some reflections 25. Glynis Jones and Amy Bogaard Integration of cereal cultivation and animal husbandry in the British Neolithic: the evidence of charred plant remains from timber buildings at Lismore Fields 26. Richard Bradley Taphonomy and cultural selection: Tony Legge and the Neolithic pits beside the Dorset Cursus 27. Mark Maltby Humans and animals in Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age Dorset 28. Sonia O'Connor and Terry O'Connor Reconsideration of the `Mesolithic harpoon' from Westward Ho!, Devon Part 5: Continental Europe and the Mediterranean 29. Paul Croft Revisiting the animal remains from Neolithic Kalavasos Tenta, Cyprus 30. Suzanne E. Pilaar Birch Neolithic subsistence at Vela Spilja on the island of Losinj, Croatia 31. Lidia Colominas Using faunal remains to evaluate social stratification in the Middle Iron Age: the fortified village of Mas Castellar de Pontos, northeast Iberian Peninsula 32. Alexei K. Kasparov The economy of Medieval and Post-Medieval Vyborg, Russia, in its historical context 33. Salima Ikram and Louise Bertini Dear, oh deer! The adventures of compiling comparative collections: a cervid skeleton allegedly from Egypt's Eastern Desert

About the Author

Peter Rowley-Conwy is professor of environmental archaeology at Durham University. He specialises in hunter-gatherers, early farmers, and the transition to agriculture. He has worked on Mesolithic and Neolithic animal bones in various parts of Europe including Denmark, Italy and Portugal, and the Middle East. Dale Sergeantson is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. She was the Director of the Faunal Remains Unit and was one of the founders of the MA in Osteoarchaeology. As well as early farming in Britain her research interests include medieval food and its connotations and the interpretation of bird remains. Paul Halstead is professor of archaeology at the University of Sheffield. He specialises in the archaeology (including zooarchaeology) of early farmers and early complex societies in Greece and the ethnoarchaeology of traditional farming and herding in Mediterranean Europe.

EAN: 9781785704451
ISBN: 1785704451
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Dimensions: 28.19 x 21.84 x 2.29 centimetres (1.44 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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