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The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals

Datasets and media with 'The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals' (2015, Lockwood Press)

Project Abstract


This represents a collection of datasets and other media supplementing chapters in The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals (Christopher Götz and Kitty F. Emery, eds.), published by Lockwood Press. The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals is an edited volume that links many of its chapters to rich digital content published open access with Open Context. The authors have chosen to link their chapters to related online content (including primary data, maps, and additional images) in order to provide additional research resources in their subject area. A list of content associated with each chapter can be found on each chapter's project page (links below). The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals is available for purchase from ISD.

Book Reference:

Götz, Christopher M., and Kitty F. Emery (Editors)

The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals (La arqueología de los animales de Mesoamérica), Atlanta, GA, Lockwood Press.

Book Abstract

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.

Forthcoming Digital Content

Suggested Citation

Christopher M Götz, Kitty F Emery. (2013) "The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals". Released: 2013-09-16. Open Context. <> DOI: ARK (Archive):

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