Beastly Questions: Animal Answers to Archaeological Issues

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Aug 28, 2014 - Social Science - 208 pages
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Zooarchaeology, or the study of ancient animals, is a frequently side-lined subject in archaeology. This is bizarre given that the archaeological record is composed largely of debris from human–animal relationships (be they in the form of animal bones, individual artifacts or entire landscapes) and that many disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, and geography, recognise human–animal interactions as a key source of information for understanding cultural ideology.

By integrating knowledge from archaeological remains with evidence from texts, iconography, social anthropology and cultural geography, Beastly Questions: Animal Answers to Archaeological Issues seeks to encourage archaeological students, researchers and those working in the commercial sector to offer more engaging interpretations of the evidence at their disposal. Going beyond the simple confines of 'what people ate', this accessible but in-depth study covers a variety of high-profile topics in European archaeology and provides novel interpretations of mainstream archaeological questions. This includes cultural responses to wild animals, the domestication of animals and its implications on human daily practice, experience and ideology, the transportation of species and the value of incorporating animals into landscape research, the importance of the study of foodways for understanding past societies and how animal studies can help us to comprehend issues of human identity and ideology: past, present and future.
 

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Contents

MIRRORS AND WINDOWS
1
Chapter 2 ANIMAL REVOLUTIONS
23
Chapter 3 WILD ANIMALS AND HUMAN SOCIETIES
51
Chapter 4 ANIMAL DIASPORA AND CULTURE CHANGE
76
Chapter 5 IDEAS OF LANDSCAPE
99
Chapter 6 THE CHAPTER ABOUT RITUAL
114
Chapter 7 FRIENDS CONFIDANTS AND LOVERS
132
Chapter 8 MEAT
149
PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE
169
REFERENCES
180
INDEX
218
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Naomi Sykes is Senior Lecturer in Zooarchaeology at the Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham, UK.

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