Zooarchaeology in Practice unites depth of treatment with broad topical coverage to advance methodological discussion and development in archaeofaunal analysis. Through case studies, historical accounts, and technical reviews authored by leading figures in the field, the volume examines how zooarchaeological data and interpretation are shaped by its methods of practice and explores the impact of these effects at varying levels of investigation.
Contributing authors draw on geographically and taxonomically diverse datasets, providing instructive approaches to problems in traditional and emerging areas of methodological concern. Readers, from specialists to students, will gain an extensive, sophisticated look at important disciplinary issues that are sure to provoke critical reflection on the nature and importance of sound methodology. With implications for how archaeologists reconstruct human behavior and paleoecology, and broader relevance to fields such as paleontology and conservation biology, Zooarchaeology in Practice makes an enduring contribution to the methodological advancement of the discipline.
Springer International Publishing; November 2017
- ISBN 9783319647630
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- Title: Zooarchaeology in Practice
- Author: Christina M. Giovas (ed.); Michelle J. LeFebvre (ed.)
About The Author
Christina M. Giovas (Ph.D., University of Washington) is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on prehistoric fisheries, animal translocations, and the human paleoecology of island and coastal settings, particularly the Caribbean and Oceania. She has conducted fieldwork in the Lesser Antilles, Polynesia, France, and the Great Lakes and the Pacific Northwest regions of North America. Dr. Giovas is Associate Editor for the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology and serves on the Board of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology. She joins the faculty of the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University in 2018.
Michelle J. LeFebvre (Ph.D., University of Florida) is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biodiversity Informatics at the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH), Gainesville. With a focus in Caribbean and Southeastern U.S. archaeology, she uses zooarchaeological, biochemical, and archaeological datasets to investigate how animal exploitation, manipulation (e.g., translocation, management), and consumption articulate with patterns of human interaction, village aggregation, and social hierarchy. She is also focused on the mechanics and facilitation of open access zooarchaeological data, and its integration within open biodiversity networks.