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Integrating Zooarchaeology and Paleoethnobotany: A Consideration of Issues, Methods, and Cases

By: Amber M VanDerwarker(Editor), Tanya M Peres(Editor)

335 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Jan 2010 | #184084 | ISBN-13: 9781441909343
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Paperback | Dec 2014 | #227325 | ISBN-13: 9781489984753
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In recent years, scholars have emphasized the need for more holistic subsistence analyses, and collaborative publications towards this endeavor have become more numerous in the literature. However, there are relatively few attempts to qualitatively integrate zooarchaeological (animal) and paleoethnobotanical (plant) data, and even fewer attempts to quantitatively integrate these two types of subsistence evidence. Given the vastly different methods used in recovering and quantifying these data, not to mention their different preservational histories, it is no wonder that so few have undertaken this problem.

Integrating Zooarchaeology and Paleoethnobotany takes the lead in tackling this important issue by addressing the methodological limitations of data integration, proposing new methods and innovative ways of using established methods, and highlighting case studies that successfully employ these methods to shed new light on ancient foodways.

Integrating Zooarchaeology and Paleoethnobotany challenges the perception that plant and animal foodways are distinct and contends that the separation of the analysis of archaeological plant and animal remains sets up a false dichotomy between these portions of the diet. In advocating qualitative and quantitative data integration, Integrating Zooarchaeology and Paleoethnobotany establishes a clear set of methods for (1) determining the suitability of data integration in any particular case, and (2) carrying out an integrated qualitative or quantitative approach.


- Introduction
- On Methodological Issues in Zooarchaeology
- Interpreting the Meaning of Macrobotanical Remains: Issues, Promises, and Synergies
- Correspondence Analysis and Principle Components Analysis as Methods for Integrating Archaeological Plant and Animal Remains
- Methods and Meaning? An Approach for Incorporating Sea and Land Based Subsistence Resources into Archaeological Interpretations
- Tracking Hides and Corn: Methods for Evaluating Salinas Pueblo Responses to Spanish Tribute Demands
- Illusions of Change: Middle to Late Woodland Subsistence-Settlement Patterns in the Saginaw Valley of Michigan
- Big Bash in the Bottom: Integrating Animals and Plants from Cahokia's Sub-Mound 51 Borrow Pit
- Integrated Contextual Approaches to Understanding Past Activities Using Plant and Animal Remains from Formative Sites in the Titicaca Basin, Bolivia
- Investigations of Paleobotanical and Zooarchaeological Data from Dust Cave, Alabama
- Potluck on the Platform Mound: Communal Consumption in a Classic Hohokam Community
- Farmed and the Hunted: Integrating Floral and Faunal Data from Tres Zapotes, Veracruz

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