Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology

The Paleoanthropology and Archaeology of Big-Game Hunting

Protein, Fat, or Politics?

Authors: Speth, John D.

  • Presents a comprehensive, multifaceted explanation of human nutrition and evolutionary needs
  • Synthesizes an increasing number of arguments against the prevailing theories of big-game hunting
  • Provides a new explanation for human adaptations
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About this Textbook

Since its inception, paleoanthropology has been closely wedded to the idea that big-game hunting by our hominin ancestors arose, first and foremost, as a means for acquiring energy and vital nutrients. This assumption has rarely been questioned, and seems intuitively obvious—meat is a nutrient-rich food with the ideal array of amino acids, and big animals provide meat in large, convenient packages. Through new research, the author of this volume provides a strong argument that the primary goals of big-game hunting were actually social and political—increasing hunter’s prestige and standing—and that the nutritional component was just an added bonus. Through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary research approach, the author examines the historical and current perceptions of protein as an important nutrient source, the biological impact of a high-protein diet and the evidence of this in the archaeological record, and provides a compelling reexamination of this long-held conclusion. This volume will be of interest to researchers in Archaeology, Evolutionary Biology, and Paleoanthropology, particularly those studying diet and nutrition.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Speth, John D.

    Pages 1-3

  • How Do We Reconstruct Hunting Patterns in the Past?

    Speth, John D.

    Pages 5-37

  • Big-Game Hunting in Human Evolution: The Traditional View

    Speth, John D.

    Pages 39-44

  • The Other Side of Protein

    Speth, John D.

    Pages 45-85

  • Were Big-Game Hunters Targeting Fat?

    Speth, John D.

    Pages 87-107

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eBook $59.99
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Hardcover $199.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-2674-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Paleoanthropology and Archaeology of Big-Game Hunting
Book Subtitle
Protein, Fat, or Politics?
Authors
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6733-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6733-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6732-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2674-5
Series ISSN
1568-2722
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIII, 233
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations
Topics