My Island, Your Island, Our Islands: Considerations for Island Archaeozoology as a Disciplinary Community (Images)

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My Island, Your Island, Our Islands: Considerations for Island Archaeozoology as a Disciplinary Community (Images)

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This paper competed for the 2006 Junior Researcher Open Zooarchaeology Prize.

Abstract: Archaeozoologists working in island settings are united by special challenges and issues. However, they generally conduct research within geographic foci (e.g. the Caribbean, Oceania, etc.) whose boundaries can hinder collaboration between practitioners and limit unified approaches toward addressing larger questions in island archaeology such as those relating to colonization processes or island effects on cultural change. We explore some of the diverse research agendas pursued by island archaeozoologists working in varied island settings and suggest that these studies may benefit from greater dialogue and collaboration between practitioners. To this end, we argue for recognition of island archaeozoology as a disciplinary community united by shared theoretical, methodological and topical concerns. The foundations underpinning this proposed disciplinary community, including issues of data collection and analysis, use of interpretive frameworks, colonization, and anthropogenic impacts on island ecology are discussed. We conclude with proposals for fostering dialogue and suggested directions for future research, including the organization of a prospective conference symposium on topics in island archaeozoology.

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Christina M. Giovas and Michelle J. LeFebvre

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Giovas_Images.pdf

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Christina M. Giovas and Michelle J. LeFebvre . "My Island, Your Island, Our Islands: Considerations for Island Archaeozoology as a Disciplinary Community (Images)," in BoneCommons, Item #468, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/468 (accessed December 6, 2019).

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