A comment on nomenclature in faunal studies

Sandra L. Olsen, John W Olsen

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Abstract

The study of faunal remains from archaeological sites has been described using a variety of terms including: Zooarchaeology, archaeozoology, osteoarchaeology, and ethnozoology. With such a broad spectrum of terms in current usage, we feel that the contradictions and errors inherent in some of this nomenclature need to be corrected. We prefer the term zooarchaeology, as a contraction of the word zoologico-archaeology proposed by Lubbock in 1865, to define the study of animal remains from archaeological sites and their relationship to humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-194
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981
Externally publishedYes

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A comment on nomenclature in faunal studies. / Olsen, Sandra L.; Olsen, John W.

In: American Antiquity, Vol. 46, No. 1, 01.01.1981, p. 192-194.

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Olsen, Sandra L. ; Olsen, John W. / A comment on nomenclature in faunal studies. In: American Antiquity. 1981 ; Vol. 46, No. 1. pp. 192-194.
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