The Archaeology of Wild Birds in Britain and Ireland [Hardback]

Dale Serjeantson (Author)

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ISBN: 9781789259568 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Publication: May 2023 | Language: English 256p, H280 x W216 (mm) B/w
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The Archaeology of Wild Birds in Britain and Ireland


Renowned archaeologist, Dale Serjeantson, tells the story of human engagement with birds from the end of the last Ice Age to around AD 1650. In this book, she integrates the study of archaeological bird remains with ethnography and the history of birds and avian biology. It identifies changing patterns of wetland, water bird and game species through time, and in addition to their food value, examines our changing interactions with them. This includes considering evidence for use of bird body parts in religious rituals; taboos, totemism and superstitions surrounding eating certain species; their capture and role in falconry and as companion animals; and their importance in the economy from the Viking period onwards. Essential reading for archaeologists, zooarchaeologists, and historians, it is an eye-opening, accessible introduction to the archaeology of wild birds in Britain and Ireland for anyone interested in our natural history.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Ravens and crows
3. Raptors and owls
4. Fenland birds
5. Game birds
6. Waders
7. Songbirds
8. Ducks, geese, and swans
9. Pigeons
10. Seabirds
11. Gannets and cormorants
12. Auks and gulls
13. Hawks and hawking
14. Changing roles and perceptions
Appendix: list of assemblages referred to in the text with bibliographic reference

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