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Survival by hunting [electronic resource] : prehistoric human predators and animal prey /
George C. Frison.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004.
description
xix, 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520231902 (cloth : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004.
isbn
0520231902 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Where the buffalo once roamed -- The education of a hunter -- Paleoindian hunters and extinct animals -- The North American bison -- The North American pronghorn -- The rocky mountain sheep -- Hunting the deer, elk, and other creatures -- Weaponry and tools used by the hunter -- Concluding thoughts.
catalogue key
9764591
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-254) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
George C. Frison is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming.
Excerpts
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"George Frison is an icon in American archeology. InSurvival by Hunting,he describes personal experiences leading to the insights and perspectives that set him apart from the majority of his colleagues, who know of large game hunting only secondhand."--Michael B. Collins, Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, the University of Texas at Austin "This small book is a record of achievement and dedication to learning rarely seen in the profession of archaeology. It is the inspirational product of a person who fully understands the critical importance of prior knowledge about the behavior of prey to inferring the activities of ancient hunter-gatherers. Students of past hunter-gatherers need to read this book."--Lewis R. Binford, author ofIn Pursuit of the Past
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"George Frison is an icon in American archeology. In Survival by Hunting, he describes personal experiences leading to the insights and perspectives that set him apart from the majority of his colleagues, who know of large game hunting only secondhand."--Michael B. Collins, Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, the University of Texas at Austin "This small book is a record of achievement and dedication to learning rarely seen in the profession of archaeology. It is the inspirational product of a person who fully understands the critical importance of prior knowledge about the behavior of prey to inferring the activities of ancient hunter-gatherers. Students of past hunter-gatherers need to read this book."--Lewis R. Binford, author of In Pursuit of the Past
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-04-01:
Why would Frison (emer., Univ. of Wyoming), the preeminent paleoarchaeologist of his generation, so well known for his work on Paleo-Indian-period archaeological sites (Prehistoric Hunters of the High Plains, 2nd ed., CH, Sep'92, 30-0366), write a book that includes long sections on modern hunting? The answer is simple: Frison uses his insights and perspectives on the behavior of prey animals to infer the activities of hunters 9,000-12,000 years ago. No one but Frison could have written this excellent book. His life has included stints as a rancher, hunting guide, and, finally, professor of anthropology--roles that have given him unparalleled insights as to how humans make their living as hunters of large animals, whether in Africa or Wyoming. Frison's easy writing style and avoidance of jargon make his story accessible to people outside as well as inside archaeology. All one needs is an interest in the archaeology of hunting, as Frison shows how personal experience and a modicum of logic can be brought to bear on the complexities of the archaeological record. The book is well illustrated with photographs and line drawings; it has up-to-date references and one of the best indexes this reviewer has seen. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. M. J. O'Brien University of Missouri--Columbia
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Summaries
Long Description
The North American Great Plains and Rocky Mountains have yielded many artifacts and other clues about the prehistoric people who once lived there, but little is understood about the hunting practices that ensured their survival for thousands of years. Noted archaeologist George Frison brings a lifetime of experience as a hunter, rancher, and guide to bear on excavation data from the region relating to hunting, illuminating prehistoric hunting practices in entirely new ways. Sharing his intimate knowledge of animal habitats and behavior and his familiarity with hunting strategies and techniques, Frison argues that this kind of firsthand knowledge is crucial for understanding hunting in the past.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Archaeologist George Frison explores the world of the prehistoric hunters of America. His interpretation of evidence found at prehistoric sites across the Great Plains & Rocky Mountains, brings to life the daily existence of people who had to hunt to survive & did so with skill & ingenuity.
Unpaid Annotation
A respected archaeologist, rancher, and hunter draws on his diverse background and intimate knowledge of animal behavior to portray the prehistoric hunting strategy of Native Americans and advise scholars and students on how to develop more accurate interpretations of past hunter-gatherer behavior.
Unpaid Annotation
"George Frison is an icon in American archeology. In "Survival by Hunting, "he describes personal experiences leading to the insights and perspectives that set him apart from the majority of his colleagues, who know of large game hunting only secondhand."--Michael B. Collins, Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, the University of Texas at Austin
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Where the Buffalo Once Roamedp. 1
The Education of a Hunterp. 12
Paleoindian Hunters and Extinct Animalsp. 38
The North American Bisonp. 62
The North American Pronghornp. 121
The Rocky Mountain Sheepp. 143
Hunting Deer, Elk, and Other Creaturesp. 169
Weaponry and Tools Used by the Hunterp. 195
Concluding Thoughtsp. 222
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 255
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