Animal bones in Australian archaeology: A field guide to common native and introduced species (Wiro edition)
Animal bones in Australian archaeology: A field guide to common native and introduced species (Wiro edition)
Melanie Fillios and Natalie Blake
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781743324592

Zooarchaeology is 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 on the economy, trade, industry, diet, and 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.

This product is the wiro-bound edition, perfect for use in the field. A paperback edition is also available.

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 southeast Solomon Islands.

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Tom Austen Brown Studies in Australasian Archaeology

The Tom Austen Brown Studies in Australasian Archaeology series publishes significant research into the archaeology of Australia and adjacent regions – particularly the archaeology of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during both prehistoric and contact periods. The series focuses on publishing original research of national and international interest that will play a central role in developing new understandings of Australia’s human past and teaching the next generation of archaeologists. The series reflects the diversity of approaches that construct our knowledge of ancient Australia as well as that of South-East Asia and Oceania, including regional and continental syntheses of past behaviours, reports on excavations and regional surveys, and expositions/manuals describing new methods and theories.

Series editor: Prof. Peter Hiscock, Tom Austen Brown Chair of Australian Archaeology, University of Sydney


Bone identification 101
1. Mandible
2. Scapula
3. Humerus
4. Radius
5. Ulna
6. Pelvis
7. Femur
8. Tibia
9. The extremities: hands and feet
Theoretical and practical applications in zooarchaeology

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