People with Animals
Perspectives and Studies in Ethnozooarchaeology
In sections on thinking, living and subsisting with animals, this collection of eleven papers emphasizes the interdependence of people and their animals in society. The topics discussed include the sacrifice of horses in Iron Age Pazyryk burials; parallels in ancient and modern livestock guardian dogs; the use of garfish by Native Americans; and professional butchering in the Mahas region of Sudan.
The Human Skeleton as Evidence for Conflict in the Past
‘Human remains are not only one of the most common forms of archaeological evidence, but also arguably the richest in terms of what they can tell us’, and Smith goes on to argue that for the study of human conflict in the past, they are more reliable than contemporary chroniclers. For the very distant past, bones and their injuries are our only witnesses to violence between people. Examining evidence that ranges from Stone Age aggression to 19th-century firearms, this book offers an accessible introduction to conflict archaeology.
William Boyd Dawkins and the Victorian Science of Cave Hunting
Three Men in a Cavern
Among the first ‘cave hunters’ to work within a scientific framework and recognize the long evolutionary context for humans and animals, William Boyd Dawkins (1837–1929) was a renowned, yet controversial geologist, palaeontologist and archaeologist. Mark White sets out to rekindle interest in Dawkins, tracing his life and career from ‘boyhood to burial’, with accounts of his work at Wookey Hole, the Manchester museum, the 1874 Channel tunnel project and ‘one of Victorian archaeology’s darkest hours’, the Creswell Crags excavations of 1875–79.
The Archaeological Excavation Dictionary
If you are digging abroad, or digging with foreign archaeologists, the Dictionary will help with many language difficulties: it translates over 2,000 words associated with excavation and survey into eight languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Turkish and Arabic.
The World of Mummies
From Ötzi to Lenin
Mummies are found not only in ancient Egyptian tombs but all around the world, in locations as varied as the mountains of South America, European churches and the ice of Greenland. This introduction to the subject, by a distinguished mummy-researcher, explains the natural and artificial processes by which human remains are preserved. The book features colour photographs of several mummies, together with case studies that reveal what scientific analysis of their bodies can teach us about these people’s lives, deaths and diseases.