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Recognition of the role of animals in ancient diet, economy, politics, and ritual is vital to understanding ancient cultures fully, while following the clues available from animal remains in reconstructing environments is vital to understanding the ancient relationship between humans and the world around them. In response to the growing interest in the field of zooarchaeology, this volume presents current research from across the many cultures and regions of Mesoamerica, dealing specifically with the most current issues in zooarchaeological literature. Geographically, the essays collected here index the different aspects of animal use by the indigenous populations of the entire area between the northern borders of Mexico and the southern borders of lower Central America. This includes such diverse cultures as the Olmec, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Central American Indians. The time frame of the volume extends from the Preclassic to recent times. The book’s chapters, written by experts in the field of Mesoamerican zooarchaeology, provide important general background on the domestic and ritual use of animals in early and classic Mesoamerica and Central America, but deal also with special aspects of human-animal relationships such as early domestication and symbolism of animals, and important yet otherwise poorly represented aspects of taphonomy and zooarchaeological methodology.

The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals

La arqueología de los animales de Mesoamérica

Christopher M. Götz and Kitty F. Emery, editors

808 pages with 121 figures and 72 tables plus digital companion

Paper $85.00, 6x9

ISBN 978-1-937040-05-5 (English); 978-1-937040-12-3 (Spanish)

Archaeobiology, 1

Christopher M. Götz is Profesor-Investigador (lecturer & researcher), Facultad de Ciencias Antropológicas, UADY, Mexico

Kitty F. Emery is Associate Curator of Environmental Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History, USA

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1: Christopher M. Götz, Introduction

2: Elizabeth S. Wing, Dog Remains from the Marismas Nacionales

       (Digital content related to chapter 2 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M7BG2KWR)

3: Bernardo Rodríguez Galicia and Raúl Valadez Azúa, Coastal Resources in the City of the Gods

4: Eduardo Corona-Martínez, Birds of the Pre-Hispanic Domestic Spheres of Central Mexico

5: Tanya M. Peres, Amber M. VanDerwarker, and Christopher A. Pool, The Zooarchaeology of Olmec and Epi-Olmec Foodways along Mexico’s Gulf Coast

        (Digital content related to chapter 5 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M76Q1V5F)

6: Heather A. Lapham, Andrew K. Balkansky, and Ayla M. Amadio, Animal Use in the Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca, Mexico

7: Heather A. Lapham, Gary M. Feinman, and Linda M. Nicholas, Animal Economies in Pre-Hispanic Southern Mexico

8: Christopher M. Götz and Travis W. Stanton, The Use of Animals by the Pre-Hispanic Maya of the Northern Lowlands

9: Marilyn A. Masson and Carlos Peraza Lope, Animal Consumption at the Monumental Center of Mayapán

       (Digital content related to chapter 9 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M72Z13F3)

10: Rani T. Alexander, John A. Hunter, Sean Arata, Ruth Martínez Cervantes, and Kristen Scudder, Archaeofauna at Isla Cilvituk, Campeche, Mexico: Residential Site Structure and Taphonomy in Postclassic Mesoamerica

        (Digital content related to chapter 10 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M7Z60KZQ)

11:Coral Montero López, Inferring the Archaeological Context through Taphonomy: The Use of the White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Chinikihá, Chiapas

        (Digital content related to chapter 11 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M7TD9V7V)

12: Erin Kennedy Thornton and Olivia Ng Cackler, Late-Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Animal Use by San Pedro Maya and British Populations at Holotunich, Belize

        (Digital content related to chapter 12 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M7PN93HH)

13: Kitty F. Emery, Erin Kennedy Thornton, Nicole R. Cannarozzi, Stephen Houston, and Héctor Escobedo, Archaeological Animals of the Southern Maya Highlands: Zooarchaeology of Kaminaljuyu

        (Digital content related to chapter 13 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M7G44N65)

14: David N. Rewniak, Paul F. Healy, and Morgan Tamplin, Preliminary Analysis of the Zooarchaeology of the San Cristóbal Site, Nicaragua: The Bounty of Mohammed’s Paradise

        (Digital content related to chapter 14 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M7JW8BSS)

15: Diana Rocío Carvajal Contreras, Molluscs as Food in a Prolific Coastal Environment: Evidence for Selective Foraging and Taphonomy from Cueva de los Vampiros (Central Panama)

        (Digital content related to chapter 15 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M7F769G3)

16: Richard G. Cooke, David W. Steadman, Máximo Jiménez, and Ilean Isaza Aizpurúa, Pre-Columbian Exploitation of Birds around Panama Bay

        (Digital content related to chapter 16 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M79G5JRC)

17: Elizabeth Ramos Roca, Crawling and Walking at the Same Time: Challenges in “Animal Archaeology” in Northern South America

        (Digital content related to chapter 17 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M75Q4T12)

18: Raúl Valadez Azúa, Alicia Blanco Padilla, Bernardo Rodríguez Galicia, and Gilberto Pérez Roldán, The Dog in the Mexican Archaeozoological Record

19: Laura Navarro and Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Bats in Ancient Mesoamerica

20: Kitty F. Emery, Conclusion: From Zooarchaeological Remains to a Human Context