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Case Studies in Environmental Archaeology : Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology - Elizabeth J. Reitz

Case Studies in Environmental Archaeology

Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology

By: Elizabeth J. Reitz (Editor), C.Margaret Scarry (Editor), Sylvia J. Scudder (Editor)

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The purpose of Case Studies in Environmental Archaeology is to highlight studies addressing significant anthropological issues in the Americas from the perspective of environmental archaeology. Environmental archaeology encompasses the application of biological and geological techniques to the study of human/environmental interactions. Each chapter is an original or revised work by internationally-recognized geoarchaeologists, human biologists, paleoethnobotanists, and zooarchaeologists. Each study demonstrates how and why the information obtained using environmental techniques is important to anthropologists instead of describing, critiquing, or advocating a method. These ethnographic, geological, and biological case studies successfully demonstrate the application of environmental science toward the resolution of questions related to human behavior in the past.

This second edition is based on the 1996 book of the same title. The editors have invited back a number of contributors from the first edition to revise and update their chapter. They also have included new studies in order to cover recent developments in the field or additional pertinent topics. It also includes a separate index listing the scientific and vernacular names of plants and animals referenced in the volume.

These case studies present examples from sites in North America, the Caribbean, and South America. Some of the key topics addressed in this unique volume include: Systemic relationships between people and the physical environments and paleoenvironments in which they live; Relationships among landscapes, resource use, residential patterns, and political alliances; Issues involving human nutrition, health, mobility, sedentism, plant and animal domestication, diet, and trade; Subsistence strategies and resource availability; Intra-community social relations, rural/urban relationships, ethnic identity, and the development of social complexity.

Introduction
Introduction to Environmental Archaeologyp. 3
Environmental Archaeology and Historical Archaeologyp. 21
Historical Perspectives on Timbisha Shoshone Land Management Practices, Death Valley, Californiap. 43
The Physical Environment And Environmental Change
Geoarchaeology and Archaeostratigraphy: View from a Northwest Coast Shell Middenp. 61
Anatomy of a Southwest Florida Sand Burial Mound: Smith Mound at the Pineland Site Complexp. 81
Archaeozoology, Art, Documents, and the Life Assemblagep. 95
Using Land Snails and Freshwater Mussels to Chart Human Transformation of the Landscape: An Example from North Mississippi, U.S.A.p. 123
Climate Change and Archaeology: The Holocene History of El Ni&numlet;o on the Coast of Perup. 143
Human Ecology
Living on the Margins: Biobehavioral Adaptations in the Western Great Basinp. 161
Pathoecology of Two Ancestral Pueblo Villagesp. 191
Nutritional Constraints and Mobility Patterns of Hunter-Gatherers in the Northern Chihuahuan Desertp. 211
Developing Models of Settlement for the Florida Gulf Coastp. 235
Reconstructing Subsistence in the Lowland Tropics: A Case Study from the Jama River Valley, Manabí, Ecuadorp. 255
What Seasonal Diet at a Fort Ancient Community Reveals About Coping Mechanismsp. 277
Game Procurement among Temperate Horticulturists: The Case for Garden Hunting by the Dolores Anasazip. 297
The Emergence of Maize Farming in Northwest Mexicop. 315
Social And Economic Strategies
Meat Consumption and Bone Use in a Mississippian Villagep. 337
Who Ate What? Archaeological Food Remains and Cultural Diversityp. 357
Seasonal Slaughter Cycles and Urban Food Supply in the Colonial Chesapeakep. 375
Crop Husbandry Practices in North America's Eastern Woodlandsp. 391
Pets and Camp Followers in the West Indiesp. 405
Index of Common and Scientific Namesp. 427
Subject Indexp. 447
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ISBN: 9780387713960
ISBN-10: 0387713964
Series: Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 463
Published: 1st December 2007
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised