Experimental Zooarchaeology: Research Directions and Methods
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Anthropology and Museum Studies
Zooarchaeology, put simply, is the study of animal remains from archaeological sites (Reitz and Wing 1999:1). In the United States the term is used interchangeably with terms such as faunal analysis, archaeozoology, and osteoarchaeology (Baker, Shaffer, and Steele 1997:298). The research goals of zooarchaeologists can be divided into three broad camps: those primarily biological in nature (e.g., paleoenvironmental studies, paleozoogeography), those primarily anthropological in nature (e.g., studies of human mobility, diet, butchery, hunting patterns, exchange systems), and those focused on methods (e.g., quantification, identification, field methods for recovery).
Lubinski, P., & Shaffer, B. (2010). Experimental Zooarchaeology: Research Directions and Methods. In Ferguson J. (Ed.), Designing Experimental Research in Archaeology: Examining Technology through Production and Use (pp. 241-258). University Press of Colorado. Retrieved October 15, 2020, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt46nv4k.17
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