Beastly Questions: Animal Answers to Archaeological Issues by Naomi Sykes

By Naomi Sykes

Zooarchaeology, or the examine of old animals, is a regularly side-lined topic in archaeology. this is often weird and wonderful provided that the archaeological list consists principally of particles from human–animal relationships (be they within the type of animal bones, person artifacts or whole landscapes) and that many disciplines, together with anthropology, sociology, and geography, realize human–animal interactions as a key resource of knowledge for realizing cultural ideology.

By integrating wisdom from archaeological is still with facts from texts, iconography, social anthropology and cultural geography, Beastly Questions: Animal solutions to Archaeological Issues seeks to motivate archaeological scholars, researchers and people operating within the advertisement area to provide extra attractive interpretations of the facts at their disposal. Going past the straightforward confines of 'what humans ate', this available yet in-depth examine covers numerous high-profile issues in eu archaeology and gives novel interpretations of mainstream archaeological questions. This comprises cultural responses to wild animals, the domestication of animals and its implications on human day-by-day perform, adventure and beliefs, the transportation of species and the price of incorporating animals into panorama learn, the significance of the examine of foodways for realizing earlier societies and the way animal stories will help us to understand problems with human id and beliefs: earlier, current and future.

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