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Product Details

  • Series: Texas A&M University Anthropology Series (Book 18)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162349026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623490263
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

APRIL M. BEISAW is an assistant professor of anthropology at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and an adjunct research associate in anthropology at Binghamton University. She has served as an independent faunal analyst since 1998 and has analyzed assemblages from prehistoric and historic sites across North America.

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I am a North American archaeologist who specializes in 15th to 20th century Native American and Euro-American cultures in the Northeast (NY, PA, MD) and Southwest (UT, CO, NM, AZ). My analytical expertise is in the identification of human and animal bones. My theoretical approaches combines landscape and memory studies with traditional and non-traditional storytelling. I've started a new book that seeks to retell the story of Native Americans in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley just before and after European arrival.

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This is a great manual for faunal analysis. It gives new students of the discipline a clear and concise overview not just of identifying bones/bone fragments but also a very nice overview of the types of research questions that can be addressed with these data. This book contains a great deal of very practical step-by-step guidance on how to proceed with sorting and identifying specimens, calculating derived measures, and using both types of data for interpretation. The writing is clear and concise with a minimum of jargon. I particularly appreciate that Beisaw covers very basic things that some archaeologists/rangers/safety officers/others might not know; things like a genus name is always capitalized and scientific names are always in italics. This has quickly become my recommended book for new students of zooarchaeology.
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By Daniel Comer on March 10, 2014
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Great book! Very well written, detailed and concise. Recommend to all archaeologists working with faunal materials. Provides detailed information on analysis of various aspects of the skeleton.
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By Joseph K on September 11, 2014
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What a great book! We've been waiting for a useful guide like this for decades! Has plenty of practical, useful information and advice, and the author makes clear that it is not to be used as a bone atlas, but rather to provide helpful information for identifying skeletal materials. Really great, and well-built for field use.
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