Faunal extinction in an island society : pygmy hippopotamus hunters of Cyprus /
Alan H. Simmons and associates.
New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum, c1999.
xxi, 381 : ill. ; 25 cm.
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New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum, c1999.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 337-365) and index.
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'Alan Simmons' Faunal Extinction in an Island society is as enjoyable to read and as hard to put down as a good mystery. ...this is a thoroughly fascinating book, and one that should be read by everyone interested in island biogeography, extinction, the human colonization of unoccupied landscapes, and the prehistory of the Mediterranean.' GeoArchaeology: An International Journal, 15:4 'Faunal Extinction in an Island Society is a "must-read" for anyone interested in island biogeography, endemic Late Pleistocene island faunas and extinctions, and Mediterranean island colonization and cultural adaptation.' Quaternary Research, 60 (2003) "Faunal Extinction in an Island Society is a 'must read' for anyone interested in island biogeography, endemic Late Pleistocene island faunas and extinctions, and Mediterranean island colonization and cultural adaptation." (Quaternary Research 60: 2003)
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Main Description
The volume summarizes the results of interdisciplinary archaeological investigations at Aetokremnos which present the earliest well-supported evidence of humans in Cyprus and demonstrate the association of cultural remains with extinct endemic Pleistocene fauna. Alan Simmons shows that Aetokremnos is one of the few archaeological sites where a convincing argument can be made for human involvement in Pleistocene extinctions. Highlights of Faunal Extinction in an Island Society are chapters that place the Aetokremnos site within a broader context include specialist's reports that demonstrating the need for interdisciplinary contributions describe the chipped stone assemblage of a new culture delineate the huge faunal assemblage recovered, and detail how the site was dated. £/LIST£ Given the controversial nature of the subject matter, the volume will appeal to a wide readership including nonanthropological archaeologists trained in anthropological methods. Researchers and students who specialize in the Mediterranean and Near East as well as scholars interested in island colonization and adaptations, method and theory, Pleistocene extinctions, and interdisciplinary applications will all find much of value in this excellent text.
Table of Contents
Introduction and Research Context
Site Description, Research Design and Methodology
Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
Archaeological Stratigraphy
Cultural Features and Loci
The Artifact Assemblage from Aetokremnos
The Faunal Assemblages
The Dating of Akrotiri Aetokremnos; P. Wigand, A.H. Simmons
Specialized Analysis
Additional Archaeological Investigations on the Akrotiri Peninsula; A.H. Simons, et al.
A Comparative Study of the Aetokremnos Chipped Stone
Bitter Hippos of Cyprus? (with Apologies to Lawrence Durrell)
The Function of Akrotiri Aetokremnos and Its Place in Colonization and Extinction Events
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