Biosphere to Lithosphere: New Studies in Vertebrate Taphonomy
Oxbow, 2005 - Science - 154 pages
Taphonomic studies are a major methodological advance, the effects of which have been felt throughout archaeology. Zooarchaeologists and archaeobotanists were the first to realise how vital it was to study the entire process of how food enters the archaeological record, and taphonomy brought to a close the era when the study of animal bones and plant remains from archaeological sites were regarded mainly as environmental indicators.This volume is indicative of recent developments in taphonomic studies: hugely diverse research areas are being explored, many of which would have been totally unforeseeable only a quarter of a century ago.
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accumulation Andrews animal bone archaeo Archaeological Science barn owl behaviour Behrensmeyer Binford Biosphere to Lithosphere bird bones birds of prey blages Bochenski bone assemblages bone density bone fragments bone modification breakage breccia burial burned bones camelid carcasses carnivores cave combustion Costamagno cremation cut marks defleshed diagenesis digestion disarticulation distal diurnal birds dung eagle owl excavation faunal assemblages femur Fernandez-Jalvo fossil foxes fracture frequency Grotta gyrfalcon habitat human humerus ICAZ indicates Journal of Archaeological Laroulandie 2000 Lithosphere long bones Lyman material McKinley molars Neolithic NISP observed palaeo-cliff Palaeolithic pattern pellets phytolith Pleistocene post-depositional predators preservation proximal Puna reindeer rock shelters samples sediments shaft Siracusa skeletal elements skeleton small mammal snowy owl Soman spherulites Stiner strata Table taphonomic taphonomic analysis taphonomic processes tarsometatarsus Tchernov Terry O'Connor tibiotarsus Tomek total number Ubeidiya ulna uneaten food remains variables vertebrate Villabruna voles weathering zooarchaeology