Special Issue "Zooarchaeology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2022) | Viewed by 4877
Interests: zooarchaeology; archaeoichtyology; environmental archaeology; palaeozoology; palaeoecology; palaeogenetics; Northern Europe
Zooarchaeology as a discipline investigates faunal remains from archaeological sites and includes the study of the cultural, as well as natural, history of animals. There are many topics in zooarchaeology to deal with. One of the major issues facing this subject is provenance. The word provenance (alternatively: provenience) comes from the Latin provenire, meaning “to come forth, originate”. Thus, zooarchaeological provenance refers to the verifiable information regarding the origin of a zooarchaeological find: the archaeological site or location in which it was discovered with its stratum, dating and age; but also, its biological parameters, like taxon, anatomy, natural habitat and origin. While the taxonomic and anatomical identification of a faunal remnant is a routine process in zooarchaeological study, detecting the spatiotemporal and/or genetic origin of an animal is a much more complicated task. Already, at the end of the Prehistoric and over the Medieval period, the long distance trade of animals and animal products (including mammals, birds, fish and even invertebrates) intensively emerged. It caused the mixing of local and foreign animal breeds and the introduction of new species, food and traditions, as well as shared ownership of hunting lands and fishing grounds. These past developments have largely laid the foundation for today’s animal management, with many of the processes still continuing nowadays.
The aim of this Special Issue is to look for local and/or foreign found in zooarchaeological material, to detect spatiotemporal and genetic origin of wild and domestic animals, as well as to demonstrate up-to-date methods in such research.
Contributions are invited (both case studies and synthesis articles), but not restricted, on the following topics, related to provenance studies in zooarchaeology:
- Trade of animals and animal products
- Genetic origin of animals
- Natural habitats and introduction of different animal species
- Provenance of food through stable isotope analyses
- Production and breeding (including the development of contemporary native breeds)
Prof. Lembi Lõugas
Dr. Eve Rannamäe
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- Genetic origin
- Breed improvement
- Food and diet
- Stable isotopes
- Radiocarbon dating