Multispecies Archaeology

Multispecies Archaeology

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Multispecies Archaeology explores the issue of ecological and cultural novelty in the archaeological record from a multispecies perspective. Encompassing more than just our relationships with animals the book considers what we can learn about the human past without humans as the focus of the question. The volume digs deep into our understanding of interaction with plants, fungi, microbes, and even the fundamental building blocks of life, DNA. Multispecies Archaeology examines what it means to be human-and non-human-from a variety of perspectives providing a new lens through which to view the more

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 171 x 248mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 28 Line drawings, black and white; 46 Halftones, black and white; 17 Tables, black and white
  • 1138898988
  • 9781138898981

About Suzanne E. Pilaar Birch

Suzanne Pilaar Birch is an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia with a joint appointment in the departments of Anthropology and Geography. She combines zooarchaeology and biogeochemistry to investigate changes in diet, environment, mobility, and settlement systems spanning the late Pleistocene and early more

Table of contents

List of Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Living in the Anthropocene 1. Calabrian Hounds and Roasted Ivory (or, Swerving from Anthropocentrism) Noah Heringman 2. The End of the `Neolithic'? At the emergence of the Anthropocene Christopher Witmore 3. Rehearsing the Anthropocene in microcosm: the palaeoenvironmental impacts of the Pacific rat (Rattus exulans) and other non-human species during island Neolithization Thomas P. Leppard 4. Trans-Holocene Human Impacts on California Mussels (Mytilus californianus): Historical Ecological Management Implications from the Northern Channel Islands Breana Campbell, Todd J. Braje, and Stephen G. Whitaker 5. Drift THora Petursdottir Part II: Multispecies Ecology of the Built Environment 6. Symbiotic Architectures Gavin Lucas 7. The Eco-Ecumene and Multispecies History: The Case of Abandoned Protestant Cemeteries in Poland Ewa Domanska 8. Ecologies of Rock and Art in Northern New Mexico Benjamin Alberti and Severin Fowles 9. Oysters and Mound-Islands of Crystal River along the Central Gulf Coast of Florida Victor D. Thompson and Thomas J. Pluckhahn 10. Multi-species Dynamics and the Ecology of Urban Spaces in Roman Antiquity Michael MacKinnon 11. Mammalian Community Assembly in Ancient Villages and Towns in the Jordan Valley of Israel Nimrod Marom and Lior Weissbrod Part III: Agrarian Commitments: Towards an archaeology of symbiosis 12. Animals and the Neolithic: cui bono? Terry O'Connor 13. Making space from the position of duty of care: Early Bronze Age human - sheep entanglements in Norway. Kristin Armstrong Oma 14. The History of the Human Microbiome: Insights from Archaeology and Ancient DNA Laura S. Weyrich 15. An archaeological telling of multispecies co-inhabitation: comments on the origins of agriculture and domestication narrative in southwest Asia Brian Boyd Part IV: The Ecology of Movement 16. Legs, feet and hooves: the seasonal roundup in Iceland Oscar Aldred 17. The Rhythm of Life: Exploring the role of daily and seasonal rhythms in the development of human-nonhuman relationships in the British Early Mesolithic Nick J. Overton 18. Seasonal mobility and multispecies interactions in the Mesolithic northeastern Adriatic Suzanne E. Pilaar Birch 19. The role of ostrich in shaping the landscape use patterns of humans and hyenas on the southern coast of South Africa during the late Pleistocene Jamie Hodgkins, Petrus le Roux, Curtis W. Marean, Kirsty Penkman, Molly Crisp, Erich Fisher, and Julia Lee-Thorp 20. Prey species movements and migrations in ecocultural landscapes: reconstructing late Pleistocene herbivore seasonal spatial behaviors Kate Britton Indexshow more