Economic Zooarchaeology: Studies in Hunting, Herding and Early Agriculture [Paperback]

Peter Rowley-Conwy (Editor); Dale Serjeantson (Editor); Paul Halstead (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789253405 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 320p, b/w

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Economic Zooarchaeology


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

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

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