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Beastly Questions : Animal Answers to Archaeological Issues (Paperback) (Naomi Sykes)

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Beastly Questions is a feisty, imaginative, academically thorough and extremely readable exploration of the potentials and possibilities of a new social zooarchaeology. From mere bones Sykes fleshes out the animals and reconnects them to human worlds. This is a powerful reanimation'

Garry Marvin. Professor of Human-Animal Studies, University of Roehampton, UK

`Students of archaeology and anthropology will appreciate this as a source of information and ideas, academics will welcome a gust of fresh air through a dusty subject, and the general reader will enjoy a lively, often irreverent, book on a fascinating topic'

Terry O'Connor. Professor of Archaeological Science. Department of Archaeology. University of York. UK

Naomi Sykes demonstrates that zooarchaeology can do much more than simply provide appendices to archaeological site reports. She shows that faunal remains can answer a range of interesting questions about human-animal relationships in the past'

PAM J. CRABTREE. Associate Professor of Anthropology. New York University. USA

Zooarchaeology. or the study of ancient animals, is a frequently side-lined subject in archaeology. This is bizarre given that the archaeological record is composed largely of debris from human-animal relationships (be they in the form of animal bones, individual artefacts or entire landscapes) and that many disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, and geography, recognise human-animal interactions as a key source of information for understanding cultural ideology

By integrating knowledge from archaeological remains with evidence from texts, iconography, social anthropology and cultural geography. Beastly Questions: Animal Answers to Archaeological Issues seeks to encourage archaeological students, researchers and those working in the commercial sector to offer more engaging interpretations of the evidence at their disposal. Going beyond the simple confines of what people ate this accessible but in-depth study covers a variety of high-profile topics in European archaeology and provides novel interpretations of mainstream archaeological questions. This includes cultural responses to wild animals, the domestication of animals and its implications on human daily practice, experience and ideology, the transportation of species and the value of incorporating animals into landscape research, the importance of the study of foodways for understanding past societies and how animal studies can help us to comprehend issues of human identity and ideology: past, present and future
Number of Pages: 221
Genre: Social Science, Science
Sub-Genre: Archaeology, Anthropology / Cultural, Life Sciences / Zoology / General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Author: Naomi Sykes
Language: English
Street Date: September 24, 2015
TCIN: 50090009
UPC: 9781474260695
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-0243
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