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Birds in Archaeology

Proceedings of the 6th Meeting of the ICAZ Bird Working Group in Groningen (23.8 - 27.8.2008)

W. Prummel, J.T. Zeiler & D.C. Brinkhuizen (eds.)

Series: Groningen Archaeological Studies 12

ISBN-13: 9789077922774

Publication year: 2010

Publication type: Book

Pages: 284

Cover: Softcover

Format: 200 x 280 x 19 mm; 1070 g; full colour ill.

Price excl. VAT: 50.00

Price incl. VAT: 54.50

This volume comprises the papers presented at the 6th Meeting of the ICAZ Bird Working Group, held in August 2008 in Groningen, the Netherlands. The subjects of the contributions range from New Zealand, South America and the Near East to Europe and vary in time from the Pleistocene up to the late 19th century. Themes discussed are the palaeozoogeography of birds, the role of birds in subsistence, ritual and symbolism, bird hunting techniques and histological studies of bird bones. The geographical, temporal and thematic variation underlines the importance of ornito-archaeozoology for all aspects of archaeology.

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"All in all, the book is well-printed and well-illustrated including some very beautiful color paintings and photographs. The collected papers are very diverse. Ranging from articles pursuing one isolated research question like the one by Prummel & Drenth trying to identify the bird bone which made imprints on two Tureen-amphorae to large comparative synthetic studies including multiple sites of the e.g., subsistence strategies of northern and southern hemisphere maritime hunter-gatherers by Lefèvre. The book certainly contributes with new insight into a broad specter of avian archaeozoological research fields and merits to be widely distributed to all that take an interest in birds and past human societies and how they interrelated." Anne Birgitte Gotfredsen in Prähistorische Zeitschrift, volume 1/2012, pp. 216-221


Part I: Birds and the provision of food 

1 J. Studer
To eat or not to eat? A dilemma concerning domestic pigeon (Columba livia f. domestica) from the Early Islamic Period at Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi, Syria 13

2 E. Corona-M.
Small domestic fowl in a Roman site from Spain (Veranes, Asturias) 23

3 L. Bejenaru, S. M. Stanc & F. C. Oleniuc
Domestic birds in the medieval settlements on the territory of Romania 29

4 E. Gál, S. M. Stanc & L. Bejenaru
Bird remains from the 10th-11th century settlement of Oltina (Dobruja, Romania) 37

5 M. Moreno-García & C. Detry
The dietary role of hens, chickens and eggs among a 17th-century monastic order: the Clarisse of Santa Clara-a-Velha, Coimbra (Portugal) 45

6 P. Baker
Procurement, presentation and consumption of domestic and wildfowl at Windsor Castle, England in the 12th-14th c. 57

7 S. Thys & W. Van Neer
Bird remains from Late Medieval and Postmedieval sites in Brussels, Belgium 71

8 J. Best & J. Mulville
The fowling economies of the Shiant Isles, Outer Hebrides: resource exploitation in a marginal environment 87

9 M.A. Giardina
Human exploitation of Rheidae in North Patagonia, Argentina (South America) 97

10 I. Cartajena, M. Núñez & L. Núñez
Phoenicopteridae exploitation in the Salar de Atacama Basin (3.000-2.200 BP), Northern Chile 103

11 C. Lefèvre
Birds in maritime hunter-gatherers subsistence: case studies from Southern Patagonia and the Aleutian Islands 117

12 A.M. Tivoli
Temporal trends in avifaunal resource management by prehistoric sea nomads from the Beagle Channel region (Southern South America) 131

13 S. Hawkins, W. Gumbley & M. Campbell
Late 19th century colonial bird exploitation at Rutland Street, Wanganui, New Zealand 141

Part II: Bird hunting techniques

14 L.H. van Wijngaarden-Bakker
The eagle owl, Bubo bubo, predator or decoy 153

15 J.T. Zeiler
Hunting the hunters: owls and birds of prey as part of the falconers' game bag 163

16 E. Esser
Hunting gulls for feathers 169

Part III: Birds in rituals and symbolism

17 D. Serjeantson
Ravens and crows in Iron Age Britain: the Danebury corvids reconsidered 175

18 J. M. Grimm
A bird for all occasions: the use of birds at the Romano-British sanctuary of Springhead, Kent (UK) 187

19 W. Prummel & E. Drenth
Two tureen-amphorae of the TRB West Group decorated with the caput femoris of a long-eared owl (Asio otus) 197

Part IV: Paleontology and zoogeography of birds

20 M. Gala & A. Tagliacozzo
The avifauna from Late Glacial archaeological sites in Italy: a tentative synthesis 205

21 V. Laroulandie
Alpine chough Pyrrhocorax graculus from Pleistocene sites between Pyrenees and Alps: natural versus cultural assemblages 219

22 E. Campmas, V. Laroulandie, P. Michel, F.Amani, R. Nespoulet & A. El Hajraoui Mohammed
A great auk (Pinguinus impennis) in North Africa: discovery of a bone remain in a Neolithic layer of El Harhoura 2 Cave (Temara, Morocco) 233

23 M. Groot, A. Ervynck & F. Pigière
Vagrant vultures: archaeological evidence for the cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the Low Countries 241

Part V: Miscellaneous

24 M. Eda, S. Yashima, S. Kusuhara & T. Inoué
Histological analysis of medullary bones from archaeological sites in Japan 255

25 M. Moreno-García & C. Pimenta
Beyond chicken: avian biodiversity in a Portuguese late medieval urban site 261

26 E. Corona-M.
Some notes on the history of Archaeornithology 277