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Ancient Dna Research on Wetland Archaeological Evidence  

Angela Schlumbaum and Ceiridwen J. Edwards

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
This chapter begins by defining ancient DNA and providing a brief history of ancient DNA and its potential for archaeology, followed by discussions of the technological aspects of ancient ... More

Behavioural inferences from Late Pleistocene Aboriginal Australia: seasonality, butchery, and nutrition in southwest Tasmania  

Richard Cosgrove and Jillian Garvey

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
Detailed research into marsupial behavioural ecology and modelling of past Aboriginal exploitation of terrestrial fauna has been scarce. Poor bone preservation is one limiting factor in ... More

The emergence of livestock husbandry in Early Neolithic Anatolia  

Joris Peters, Nadja Pöllath, and Benjamin S. Arbuckle

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
Analysis of spatio-temporal variation in patterns of animal exploitation helps our understanding of the transition from hunting to husbandry of Ovis, Capra, Sus, and Bos in Pre-Pottery ... More

The exploitation of aquatic resources in Holocene West Africa  

Veerle Linseele

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
In sub-Saharan West Africa, substantial archaeological evidence only appears from about 2000 bc. From that time onwards, sites with large proportions of fish-bones and large numbers of ... More

Fishing, wildfowling, and marine mammal exploitation in northern Scotland from prehistory to Early Modern times  

Dale Serjeantson

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
Fishing, seabird fowling, and the exploitation of marine mammals persisted in settlements around the coast and islands of western and northern Scotland from prehistoric times until the ... More

Forests, steppes, and coastlines: zooarchaeology and the prehistoric exploitation of Patagonian habitats  

Luis A. Borrero

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
The human colonization of southern Patagonia began over 11,500 radiocarbon years bp. The first colonizers exploited Pleistocene megamammals and camelids. During the Early Holocene, after ... More

Humans and mammals in the Upper Palaeolithic of Russia  

Mietje Germonpré and Mikhail Sablin

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
This chapter focuses on the mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) and large canid (wolf (Canis lupus) and/or dog (Canis familiaris)) assemblages recorded at Upper Palaeolithic sites from the ... More

Mesolithic hunting and fishing in the coastal and terrestrial environments of the eastern Baltic  

Lembi Lõugas

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
This chapter presents evidence of hunting and fishing in the Mesolithic period from the eastern Baltic region. During that time, these activities were the most important means of ... More

Middle and Later Stone Age hunters and their prey in southern Africa  

Ina Plug

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
Identifications of animal remains from southern African Stone Age sites are complicated by the abundancy of taxa, skeletal differences, a wide variety of habitats, and the fragmented ... More

Patterns of animal exploitation in western Turkey: from Palaeolithic molluscs to Byzantine elephants  

Canan Çakırlar and Levent Atici

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
This chapter presents a first overview of zooarchaeological research in western Turkey, a vast region between the Anatolian Plateau and the Aegean Sea. The reason for this overview is ... More

People, Lakes,and Forestsin the Baltic Region A Prehistoric Perspective  

Peter Bogucki

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
This chapter, which focuses on the prehistoric and early historic archaeology of rivers, lakes, and bogs in the Baltic Basin, demonstrates how wetland archaeology in the Baltic region, ... More

Prehistoric Wetland Occupations in the Lower Regions of the Yangtze River, China  

Yunfei Zheng

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
This chapter discusses the prehistoric environment in the lower regions of the Yangtze River; human adaptation to the wetlands; food production reflected by animal and plant remains; and ... More

Sheep, sacrifices, and symbols: animals in Later Bronze Age Greece  

Paul Halstead and Valasia Isaakidou

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
Images, texts, and bones shed light on the place of animals in the later Bronze Age societies of southern Greece. Iconography offers an idealized vision of encounters with dangerous, ... More

Subsistence economy, animal domestication, and herd management in prehistoric central Asia (Neolithic–Iron Age)  

Norbert Benecke

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
Sites of the Neolithic Jeitun Culture in southern Turkmenistan present the earliest evidence of animal husbandry, mainly based on sheep (Ovis aries) and goats (Capra hircus), in Central ... More

Themes in the zooarchaeology of Pleistocene Melanesia  

Matthew Leavesley

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
The first human populations colonized the Bismarck Archipelago about 40,000 years ago. The zooarchaeological evidence from Buang Merabak (New Ireland) reveals that, at a first stage, ... More

Wetland Occupations in Prehistoric Europe  

Francesco Menotti

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
This chapter discusses people's interactions with wetlands in prehistoric Europe. In the Mesolithic, for instance, people lived close to and exploited wetlands mainly for food procurement ... More

Wetland Sites in Japan  

Akira Matsui and Tomohiro Inoue

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
This chapter discusses large-scale excavations of the following wetland sites: (1) the Palaeolithic sites around Lake Nojiri (Nagano Prefecture); (2) the Tomizawa site, Miyagi Prefecture ... More

13,000 years of communal bison hunting in western North America  

John D. Speth

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Mar 2017
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For the past 13,000 years Indians in the North American Great Plains hunted bison (Bison bison and B. antiquus) in large communally organized drive operations. This chapter briefly ... More

Zooarchaeological results from Neolithic and Bronze Age wetland and dryland sites in the Central Alpine Foreland: economic, ecologic, and taphonomic relevance  

Jörg Schibler

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
A small but very diverse structured landscape, a high degree of preservation of archaeological findings and structures because of waterlogged conditions, and very precise ... More

The zooarchaeology of complexity and specialization during the Upper Palaeolithic in Western Europe: changing diversity and evenness  

Katherine Boyle

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
Over the last twenty years attempts have been made to determine the nature of Upper Palaeolithic hunting specialization. This chapter traces assemblage structural ‘specialization’, where ... More

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