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Multispecies Archaeology

Edited by: Suzanne E. Pilaar Birch

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138898981
eBook ISBN: 9781315707709
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315707709
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Multispecies Archaeology explores the issue of ecological and cultural novelty in the archaeological record from a multispecies perspective. Human exceptionalism and our place in nature have long been topics of academic consideration and archaeology has been synonymous with an axclusively human past, to the detriment of gaining a more nuanced understanding of one that is shared.

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 past.

Challenging not only the subject or object of archaeology but also broader disciplinary identities, the volume is a landmark in this new and evolving area of scholarly interest.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Calabrian hounds and roasted ivory (or, swerving from anthropocentrism) Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The end of the ‘Neolithic’? Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Rehearsing the Anthropocene in microcosm Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Trans-Holocene human impacts on California mussels (Mytilus californianus) Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Drift Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Symbiotic architectures Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The eco-ecumene and multispecies history Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Ecologies of rock and art in northern New Mexico Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Oysters and mound-islands of Crystal River along the central Gulf Coast of Florida Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Multispecies dynamics and the ecology of urban spaces in Roman antiquity Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Mammalian community assembly in ancient villages and towns in the Jordan Valley of Israel Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Animals and the Neolithic Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Making space from the position of duty of care Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The history of the human microbiome Download PDF
Chapter  15:  An archaeological telling of multispecies co-inhabitation Download PDF
Chapter  IV:  The ecology of movement Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Legs, feet and hooves Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The rhythm of life Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Seasonal mobility and multispecies interactions in the Mesolithic northeastern Adriatic Download PDF
Chapter  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 Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Prey species movements and migrations in ecocultural landscapes Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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