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Re: Taphonomy and changes in assemblage interpretation

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Haskel Greenfield <[log in to unmask]>

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A reanalysis of a classic assemblage from a taphonomic perspective is: 
Legge, A.J., & Rowley-Conwy, P. (1988). Star Carr Revisited: A Re-analysis of the Large Mammals. London: Birkbeck College. 
 
Best 
Haskel 
 
Prof. Dr. Haskel J. Greenfield,  
Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba 
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Fletcher Argue 432, Winnipeg, MB, R3T2N2 
Coordinator, Judaic Studies Program, Fletcher Argue 328, Winnipeg, MB, R3T2N2 
Co-director, Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory, St. Paul’s College, 70 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3T2M6 
Office phone – 204-272-1591 
 
-----Original Message----- 
From: Analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jesper Ostergaard 
Sent: December-03-15 1:25 AM 
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Subject: Re: [ZOOARCH] Taphonomy and changes in assemblage interpretation 
 
Also this article, would be of particular interest, it reintrepetates the hunting strategy, from a new investigation of the assemblage: 
 
Grønnow, Bjarne (1987) Meiendorf and Stellmoor Revisited. An Analysis of Late Paleolithic Reindeer Exploitation. Acta Archaeologica, Vol. 56, pp. 131 - 166. (Copenhagen, Denmark). 
 
Jesper S. Østergaard 
 Hessensgade 22, 2tv 
 2300 København S 
 
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On Thu, 12/3/15, Serjeantson D. <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
 
 Subject: Re: [ZOOARCH] Taphonomy and changes in assemblage interpretation 
 To: [log in to unmask] 
 Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 2:13 AM 
  
 The classic example must 
 surely be Brain's re-interpretation of Ardrey's The  Hunting Hypothesis about early Man in Africa. 
  
 These are the early papers. 
  
 Brain, C. K. 1967. Hottentot 
 food remains and their bearing on the interpretation of  fossil bone assemblages. Scientific Papers of the Namib  Desert Research Station, 32, 1-7. 
  
 Brain, C. K. 1969. The contribution of Namib  desert Hottentots to an understanding of Australopithecine  bone accumulations. Scientific Papers of the Namib Desert  Research Station, 39, 13-22. 
  
 There is also Brain's later book. 
  
 Dale Serjeantson 
  
  
 Archaeology 
 School of 
 Humanities 
 University of Southampton 
 Highfield 
 Southampton SO17 
 1BJ 
 http://www.southampton.ac.uk/archaeology/about/staff/dale.page 
 Birds and Archaeology: New Research. 
 International Journal of Osteoarchaeology Special Issue  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oa.v24.3/issuetoc 
  
  
  
 From: zooarch <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> 
 on behalf of Flint Dibble <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> 
 Reply-To: Flint Dibble <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> 
 Date: Wednesday, 2 December 2015 18:53 
 To: zooarch <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> 
 Subject: Re: [ZOOARCH] Taphonomy and changes in  assemblage interpretation 
  
 Hi Kathy, 
  
 One 
 example of an article where a reconsideration of taphonomy  led to new interpretations: Marean and Frey 1997. 
 "Animal Bones from Caves to Cities: Reverse Utility  Curves as Methodological Artifacts." American  Antiquity 
  
 This is a topic 
 that interests me greatly b/c I am currently writing up a  reinterpretation of the faunal assemblage from Bronze Age  and Iron Age Nichoria in Greece where the taphonomic history  is causing me to reinterpret the initial results. So, please  share any other suggestions you receive! 
  
 Thanks, 
 Flint 
  
 On Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 9:30 
 AM, Katheryn Twiss <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> 
 wrote: 
 Hi: 
  
 Thank you! No particular region or time period  at this stage, although she's eventually intending to  work on Malagasy material. 
  
 As of right now, I've got the Dart/Brain;  Behrensmeyer, etc.., on hunting vs. scavenging; and  Binford’s Bones. 
 I also have (thank you, 
 ZOOARCH, for all of this!) Rich Madgwick's recent work  on UK taphonomy, Marean & Kim on Kobeh Cave, and a  referral to Enghoff's "Viking Age fishing in  Denmark..." Everyone, please let me know if you'd  like me to pass anything along? 
  
 These will all be relevant-- and I'm 
 thoroughly enjoying hearing what people recommend. 
  
 I deeply appreciate the email, 
 and the advice! 
  
 Best, 
 Kathy 
  
 Madgwick, R. In Press. New light on feasting  and deposition: Exploring accumulation history through  taphonomic analysis at later prehistoric middens in Britain. 
 Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 
  
 Madgwick, R., Mulville, J. 
 2015. Reconstructing depositional histories through bone 
 taphonomy: Extending the potential of faunal data.Journal of  Archaeological Science 53: 255-263. 
  
 Madgwick, R. 2010. Bone modification and the  conceptual relationship between humans and animals in Iron  Age Wessex. In J. Morris, M. Maltby (eds.) Integrating  Social and Environmental Archaeologies: Reconsidering  Deposition. B.A.R. International Series 2077. pp. 66-82. 
 Oxford: Archaeopress. 
  
 Enghoff, Inge Bødker. "Viking Age fishing  in Denmark, with a particular focus on the freshwater site  Viborg, methods of excavation and smelt fishing." 
 Viking Age fishing in Denmark, with a particular focus on  the freshwater site Viborg, methods of excavation and smelt  fishing (2005): 69-76. 
  
  
 On Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 9:19 AM, Madrigal, Cregg  <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> 
 wrote: 
 Kathy, 
  
 The book that really got modern taphonomic  analysis going was C.K. Brain’s The Hunters or the Hunted  on the South African australopithecine sites. There’s also  all the work in the 1980s and 1990s on the hunting vs. 
 scavenging debate in African paleoanthropology –  especially at the FLK Zinj site. See the works by Kay  Behrensmeyer, Robert Blumenschine, Henry Bunn, and many  others, including Binford’s Bones book. 
  
 Are you interested in any 
 particular region or time period? 
  
 Cregg 
  
  
 T. Cregg Madrigal, Ph.D. 
 Environmental Specialist 3 – Archaeology  New Jersey Department of Environmental  Protection  Municipal Finance and  Construction Element  Mail Code 401-03D  PO Box 420  Trenton, NJ 
 08625-0420 
 609-633-1170<tel:609-633-1170> 
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 From: Analysis of animal 
 remains from archaeological sites [mailto:[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>] 
 On Behalf Of Katheryn Twiss 
 Sent: Wednesday, 
 December 02, 2015 4:34 AM 
 To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
 Subject: [ZOOARCH] Taphonomy and changes in  assemblage interpretation 
  
 Dear All: 
  
 I 
 have a student looking for faunal assemblages whose  interpretation changed significantly once researchers began  to consider their taphonomic histories. 
 Does 
 anyone have any recommendations re interesting examples,  please? 
  
 Thank you, all! I 
 appreciate any thoughts you might have! 
  
 Best, 
 Kathy 
  
  
  
 -- 
 Katheryn C. Twiss 
 Associate 
 Professor 
 Stony Brook University 
 Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364 
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 -- 
 Katheryn C. Twiss 
 Associate Professor 
 Stony Brook 
 University 
 Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364 
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