Amorosi, Thomas. Contributions to the zooarchaeology of Iceland: some preliminary notes

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Contributions to the zooarchaeology of Iceland: some preliminary notes

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph The Anthropology of Iceland, edited by E. Paul Durrenberger and Gísli Pálsson

Published By: Original publisher The Anthropology of Iceland, edited by E. Paul Durrenberger and Gísli Pálsson Iowa City: University of Iowa Press. 1989. 203-227 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Thomas Amorosi

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Icelanders (EQ01)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Climate (132); Fauna (136); Prehistory (172); Historical reconstruction (174); Domesticated animals (231); Environmental quality (318);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document One of the more important tools in paleoeconomic reconstruction is zooarchaeology (or archaeozoology), a technique of faunal analysis which attempts to use excavated animal bone collection to gain an understanding of the relative importance of different species to past economies, seasonal patterns in exploitation, and changing herding strategies (p. 203). In this paper the author applies this technique to excavated animal bones from several sites located in the northeastern and southern coastal regions of Iceland. In the second part of this work Amorosi discusses to some length the '…impact of climatic change on Icelandic settlement and of the impact of the Icelandic settlement upon the island's natural resources: proposing a combination of climatic deterioration and environmental degradation as partial causes for the country's declining fortunes in late medieval and early modern times' (p. 214).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 10

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. eq01-010

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-227)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document ca. 1980s

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist, Archaeologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1400-1799

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) northeastern and southern coasts of Iceland

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Icelanders


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