In my request today I am exploiting the worldwide nature of ZOOARCH - we have over 700 members
from 40 countries! You may not be able/want to contribute to this session but if you know of
collegues who may like to contribute and work on islands and coasts please put them in touch.
I am organsing a session at WAC, I would like expressions of interest from people who would be
able to offer papers or suggestions of people to approach who may like to speak on any aspect of
island subsistance outside the UK (not just bones). The abstract has not been finalised so it can
morph to fit the papers offered - but in essence I would like to understand the trajectory of
island/coastal vs mainland subsitance across the world. I know there are some islands where few sea
resources were used - was this always the case? And if so why, lack of skill proscription etc?
Any ethnograph examples would be grand.
So far the abstract runs something like.....
Farmer, Hunter, Fisher? The role of food in defining coastal communities.
Coastal and island groups retain appear to retain elements of the hunter/gatherer in post-domestic
socieities – how do the boundaries archaeologists commonly draw in land-locked societies
translate to coastal folk. Are the domestic/wild divisions appropriate?
Do island folk farm the sea and what did non-maritime folk think of maritime folk - those smelly
Where they the wierdos who still ate fish......or did they hold the knowledge of the sea?
In fact in Britain it seems that the very essence of domesticated life was no longer eating fishy
things - how does this compare with the islands/coasts in other parts of the world - do we see a
similar divsion in food usage or did a a more pluarlistic way of subsisting develop. On other
islands does being Neolithic mean no more fish?
Please get in touch if you are interested.