Animal bones in Australian archaeology: a field guide to common native and introduced species
Melanie Fillios and Natalie Blake
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781743324332

Zooarchaeology has emerged as a powerful way of reconstructing the lives of past societies. Through the analysis of animal bones found on a site, zooarchaeologists can uncover important information about the economy, trade, industry and diet, as well as other fascinating facts about the people who lived there.

Animal bones in Australian archaeology is an introductory bone identification manual written for archaeologists working in Australia. This field guide includes 16 species commonly encountered in both Indigenous and historical sites. Using diagrams and flow charts, it walks the reader step-by-step through the bone identification process. Combining practical and academic knowledge, the manual also provides an introductory insight into zooarchaeological methodology and the importance of zooarchaeological research in understanding human behaviour through time.

About the authors

Melanie Fillios is a consulting archaeologist, faunal analyst and lecturer in archaeology at the University of New England, with a special interest in the relationship between humans and animals throughout history.

Natalie Blake is a consulting archaeologist and a PhD student at the University of Sydney interested in the archaeology of the late prehistoric period in the south-east Solomon Islands.

This title is part of the Tom Austen Brown Studies in Australasian Archaeology series.

Published on 1 December 2015

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