Themes in Old World Zooarchaeology: From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic [Hardback]

Umberto Albarella (Editor); Cleia Detry (Editor); Sónia Gabriel (Editor); Catarina Ginja (Editor); Ana Elisabete Pires (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789255348 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Publication: October 2020 | Language: English 208p, H280 x W216 (mm) B/W
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Themes in Old World Zooarchaeology


This new collection of papers from leading experts provides an overview of cutting-edge research in Old World zooarchaeology. The research presented here spans various areas across Europe, Western Asia and North Africa – from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Several chapters focus on Iberia, but the eastern Mediterranean and Britain are also featured. Thematically, the book covers many of the research areas where zooarchaeology can provide a significant contribution. These include animal domestication, bone modifications, fishing, fowling, economic and social status, as well as adaptation and improvement. The investigation of these topics is carried out using a diversity of approaches, thus making the book also a useful compendium of traditional as well as more recently developed methodological applications. All contributions aim to present zooarchaeology as a discipline that studies animals to understand people, and their richly diversified past histories. This will be a valuable source of information not just for specialists, but also for general archaeologists and, potentially, also historians, palaeontologists and geographers, who have an interest for the research themes discussed in the book. The book is dedicated to Simon Davis, who has been a genuine pioneer in the development of modern zooarchaeology. It presents hugely stimulating case studies from the core areas where Davis has worked in the course of his career.

Table of Contents

From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic: Simon Davis’ exceptional contribution to the world of zooarchaeology – Umberto Albarella (University of Sheffield, UK)
The astragalus bones and its archaeological contexts in the Iberian Peninsula. Significances, meanings and historical implications – Ana Arruda (Uniarq, Portugal)
Launceston Castle 20 years on: the significance and impact of the zooarchaeological analysis – Polydora Baker (Historic England, UK)
Among hyenas: Nery Delgado and Albert Gaudry and the difficulties of the specific determination of the hyena of the Furninha cave (Portugal) – João Luís Cardoso (Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, Portugal)
Reconstructing Mediterranean paleoenvironments using micromammal assemblages – Orr Comay & Tamar Dayan (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Dogs in the Chalcolithic: Osteometric characterization of Canis familiaris from Perdigões ditched enclosure – Cláudia Costa (University of Algarve, Portugal)
Animal improvement in roman Lusitania: the urban connection – Cleia Detry (Uniarq, Portugal)
How much is two decades? Reference collections and their contribution to Portuguese Archaeozoology. – Sónia Gabriel (Direção General do Património Cultural, Lisbon, Portugal), Carlos Pimenta ((Direção General do Património Cultural, Lisbon, Portugal) & Marta Moreno-García (Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain)
Paleogenetics uncovers the taxonomic position of the enigmatic hydruntine – Eva Maria Geigl (Institute Jacques Monod, Paris, France)
Origins of metallurgy in the southern Levant: microscopic examination of butchering marks on animal bones at Tell Yarmouth, Israel – Haskel Greenfield (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada)
The dawn of Medieval zooarchaeology in Cyprus? Human-animal interactions at a Late Cistercian monastery in Lefkosia – Angelos Hadjikoumis (University of Sheffield, UK)
Pharaoh and His Minions: A Feast for All! – Salima Ikram (American University in Cairo, Egypt)
Hawking around the male goshawk in Early Medieval Iberia – Laura Llorente (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
Taphonomy of carnivores: Understanding archaeological small prey accumulations – Lluis Lloveras (University of Barcelona, Spain)
The Complexities of Mammalian Body Size Change in Late Pleistocene to Holocene southern Levant, 35 years on – Louise Martin, , Joe Roe & Yvonne Edwards (University College London, UK)
The contribution of Arabic culture to the historic redefinition of the ecological equilibrium of the Mediterranean region – Marco Masseti (University of Florence, Italy)
Iberian fisheries through time: a look from Archaeozoology – Arturo Morales (Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, Spain)
Isolation or environmental adaptation? The dwarf Iron Age sheep from A Lanzada (Pontevedra, Spain) – Marta Moreno-García ((Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain)
Stronger together-How combining morphology and genetics has increased our understanding of ancient animal husbandry and future prospects in the genomic era – Emma Svensson (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Food in times of conflict: zooarchaeology from Largo da Fortaleza in Medieval Cacela-a-Velha (Algarve, Portugal) – Maria João Valente (University of Algarve, Portugal)
From Western Cowboys to Eastern Shepherds. Animal husbandry in Mauretania and Numidia in the first millennium BC and Roman times. – Silvia Valenzuela (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-Institució Milà i Fontanals, Barcelona, Spain)
Where did rabbits spend the Ice Age? Some preliminary thoughts – John Watson (Independent Researcher, Spain)
Did early Neolithic sheep have wings? – João Zilhão (University of Barcelona, Spain)
"Fodder in the city: rye for animals in the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon" – João Tereso & Lídia Fernandes (Uniarq, Portugal)

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