Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology

Case Studies in Environmental Archaeology

Editors: Reitz, Elizabeth, Scarry, C. Margaret, Scudder, Sylvia J. (Eds.)

  • Both editions of this title focus on interpreting environmental data rather than methodological discussions
  • Uses case studies to resolve questions related to human behavior in the past rather than to demonstrate the application of methods
  • Revised, updated, and containing new studies
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About this Textbook

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

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction to Environmental Archaeology

    Reitz, Elizabeth J. (et al.)

    Pages 3-19

  • Environmental Archaeology and Historical Archaeology

    Deagan, Kathleen A.

    Pages 21-42

  • Historical Perspectives On Timbisha Shoshone Land Management Practices Death Valley California

    Fowler, Catherine S.

    Pages 43-57

  • Geoarchaeology and Archaeostratigraphy View from a Northwest Coast Shell Midden

    Stein, Julie K.

    Pages 61-80

  • Anatomy of a Southwest Florida Sand Burial Mound Smith Mound at the Pineland Site Complex

    Scudder, Sylvia J.

    Pages 81-93

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-71396-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Case Studies in Environmental Archaeology
Editors
  • Elizabeth Reitz
  • C. Margaret Scarry
  • Sylvia J. Scudder
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-71303-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-71303-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-71302-1
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-71396-0
Series ISSN
1568-2722
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVIII, 463
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