Five Case Studies

University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C

From the Foreword . . .

“This book provides an insightful examination of how interdisciplinary efforts . . . can be effective in addressing conservation problems. It joins a growing list of resources in applied zooarchaeology and paleozoology, which form an essential database that all new disciplines must acquire.”
Steven D. Emslie, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

From the reviews . . .

“The writing style is succinct, jargon is kept to a minimum, and each point is direct and cogent. . . . Applied Zooarchaeology: Five Case Studies shows how locally impactful, interdisciplinary historical ecological research can be achieved in a highly digestible way. As such, it is well worth the read.”
Jonathan Dombrowsky in Ethnobiology Letters

“[A] readable book with an important message for students . . . . [S]hould also be read by conservation biologists and wildlife managers who want a better understanding of zooarchaeology. [I]t could be used as a supplementary reading in various archaeology courses . . . to give students a better perspective about the applications of our discipline to real world issues.”
Steven R. James in California Archaeology

“[A]n excellent, concise, highly readable volume. Notably, each chapter ends with a list of key terms and discussion questions that foster critical reflection and make this an ideal volume for undergraduate teaching. The volume also forms an excellent primer for researchers and students interested in applied uses for zooarchaeological data, and the bibliography, though far from exhaustive, provides an excellent starting point for further exploration of the broader issues.”
Trevor J. Orchard in Canadian Journal of Archaeology

“This slim, yet by no means lightweight, volume contains five case studies highlighting the diverse applications and potential role of zooarchaeology in conservation. . . . Each chapter has a set of key terms and discussion questions that make it ideal for classroom teaching or easy reference. . . . [S]tands as an important contribution to the growing interdisciplinary field of applied zooarchaeology.”
Suzanne E. Pilaar Birch in American Antiquity

“[A]n excellent primer for anyone interested in conducting zooarchaeological research or understanding the applicability of archaeological data to conservation science. . . . [T]he concepts discussed are applicable far beyond zooarchaeology and are especially relevant to paleoethnobotany. The authors convincingly illustrate . . . the value of archaeology in conservation science and the potential for significant archaeological contributions in these disciplines.”
Gabriel M. Sanchez in in Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology

“[P]rovides a clear overview and sets standards for students and those new to the subject of applied zooarchaeology. . . . This book will be most effective in the classroom when paired with detailed ecological, biological and zooarchaeological data that will allow students to delve deeply into the methodological background and political implications of this work, and . . . as an important resource for interdisciplinary research teams.”
Catherine F. West in The Holocene

Prepublication praise . . .

“A highly readable primer for applied zooarchaeology. Through a series of case studies, the authors highlight fundamental issues of data quality, sampling, and taphonomy. This book will be of interest to archaeologists who want their research to engage real-world problems. Get a copy—and order extra copies for your students.”
Virginia L. Butler, Portland State University

“A prescient and useful primer on a nascent subfield of great importance for archaeology. Students will learn important lessons from this concise, highly readable work and its honest appraisals of the practical difficulties and disciplinary barriers that must be overcome if the value of zooarchaeological data is to be realized.”
Evan Peacock, Mississippi State University

“A valuable compilation of five case studies that illustrate why and how paleozoological datasets inform conservation programs and policies. Although written for the uninitiated applied zooarchaeologist, the integration of archaeological and ecological theory and application makes this book an essential addition to the libraries of scientists and practitioners in conservation biology.”
Charles R. Randklev, Texas A & M University


Foreword by Steven D. Emslie

Chapter 1

Chapter 2
Taphonomy and Conservation of Freshwater Mussels

Chapter 3
Sea Otters: Historical Extirpations and Modern Reintroductions

Chapter 4
California Condor Conservation, North America Rewilding, and Pleistocene Overkill

Chapter 5
Takahe Translocation in New Zealand

Chapter 6
Applied Zooarchaeology and the Deer Problem in Central Texas

Chapter 7




A volume in the series Principles of Archaeology

ISBN 978-0-9898249-6-5/paperback/130 pp./illus./February 2016/$29.95