Unwanted Inhabitants? The Microfauna from Çatalhöyük and Pınarbası.

Jenkins, E. L., 2009. Unwanted Inhabitants? The Microfauna from Çatalhöyük and Pınarbası. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM-Verlag.

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Abstract

The Neolithic of southwest Asia is a critical time in human history; it saw the emergence of agriculture, the beginning of prolonged sedentism, a change in cultural and ritual practices and the advent of complex societies. With this came not only a practical change in resource management but also an ideological shift in how these resources were viewed. By comparing microfaunal assemblages from two very different sites in Anatolia, Çatalhöyük and P¿narba¿¿, Emma Jenkins explores how microfauna can be used to provide information about the palaeoenvironment, the effects of sedentism on microfaunal communities and past ritual and cultural beliefs. The results show that while the Çatalhöyük assemblage consists predominantly of house mice, no commensal species were found at P¿narba¿¿, indicating that sedentism does lead to commensalism. The discovery of dense concentrations of microfauna derived from carnivore scats, and incorporated into human burials at Çatalhöyük, suggests that small mammals or their predators had a role in the ritual life at the site. These findings are useful to other researchers studying the Neolithic and to those interested in the field of microfaunal analysis.

Item Type:Book
ISBN:363911213X
Number of Pages:259
Additional Information:The dedication, Chapters 3 and 4 and the appendix have been omitted to comply with copyright regulations
Uncontrolled Keywords:Microfauna, taphonomy, Çatalhöyük, Pınarbası, Neolithic, southwest Asia, Levant, predators
Subjects:History > Archaeology
Group:School of Applied Sciences > Centre for Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage
ID Code:16331
Deposited By:Dr Emma L. Jenkins
Deposited On:04 Oct 2010 12:09
Last Modified:14 Oct 2013 12:12

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