Anthropological Approaches to Zooarchaeology: Colonialism, Complexity and Animal Transformations

November 28, 2020
Anthropological Approaches to Zooarchaeology: Colonialism, Complexity and Animal Transformations

Animals in complex human societies are often both meal andsymbol, related to everyday practice and ritual. People in suchsocieties may be characterized as having unequal access to suchresources, or else the meaning of animals may differ for componentgroups. Here, in this book, 28 peer-reviewed papers that span 4continents and the Caribbean islands explore in different ways howanimals were incorporated into the diets and religions of manyunique societies. The temporal range is from the Neolithic to theSpanish colonization of the New World as well as to modern touristtrade in indigenous animal art. The volume explores various themesincluding the interaction of foodways with complex societies, theinteraction between diet and colonialism and the complex role thatanimals, and parts of animals, play in all human societies asreligious, identity markers, or other types of symbols. Organizedaccording to these themes, rather than geographic location or timeperiod, the papers presented here crosscut such divisions. In sodoing, this book presents an opportunity for scholars divided bygeography especially, but also by temporal period, to explore eachother's research and demonstrate that different archaeologicalsettings can address the same problems cross-culturally.