From MNI to MNS: collaborative approaches to studying animals and human societies

This source preferred by Mark Maltby

Authors: Maltby, M.

Start date: 16 December 2013

It is generally accepted that the study of animal bones can only give a partial picture of the complex relationships between humans and animals. Because of the artificial compartmentalisation of archaeological expertise into convenient categories of specialists for post-excavation programmes, it is rare for zooarchaeologists to consider, or even be aware of, other forms of evidence that can have a bearing on their interpretations. Conversely, there are occasions when their results have been ignored or misinterpreted by others when considering how animals have been exploited and perceived. Drawing upon examples – and mistakes – from projects with which I’ve been involved, this paper will advocate that a more inclusive approach both in research and in publication is more likely to produce dividends.

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