Age structures, or mortality patterns, in mammalian archaeofaunas reflect some very basic ecological relationships between humans and their prey. Mortality data have considerable potential for addressing questions about human land use, food search practices, the influence of technology on prey acquisition, labor organization, and the very nature of the human foraging niche itself. However, while mortality studies appear in many publications, their highly technical nature and limited scope often isolate them from the rest of archaeological research. This book attempts to bring a promising approach into the mainstream of behavioral issues in anthropology.
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