Browsing the blog archives for December, 2013

Faunal-palooza Part 5: Otoliths

By: Becky O’Sullivan   Welcome to the final installment of faunal-palooza! I’ve already shown you the wonders of archaeological mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish; now for the grand finale….. Otoliths! Who doesn’t like a nice fish otolith, amirite? These tiny bony structures found in the ears of all vertebrates (we’re interested in the fish variety […]

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Faunal-palooza Part 4: Fish

By: Becky O’Sullivan   We’ve all been there…. chowing down on a delicious salmon filet when a translucent spine gets lodged in your gullet. This installment of faunal knowledge might not help you avoid these gastronomic hazards, but maybe it will make you take a second look at the bones you see in your fish […]

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Faunal-palooza Part 3: Reptiles

By: Becky O’Sullivan   Welcome to the third installment of our faunal adventure…. in this episode you’ll get to learn a little about the characteristics that distinguish reptile bones from those of other animals (like mammals  or birds from last time). Florida is crawling with all sorts of tasty reptiles (snakes, turtles, tortoises, alligators) that would […]

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Faunal-palooza Part 2: Birds

By: Becky O’Sullivan   Welcome to Part 2 of our epic journey through the world of zooarchaeology…. in this installment you’ll get to learn a little about the characteristics that distinguish bird bones from those of other animals (like mammals from our last installment). Just like today, birds would have been a popular item on […]

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Faunal-palooza Part 1: Mammals

By: Becky O’Sullivan   Why do Archaeologists Study Animal Bones? Throughout time, humans have been interacting with other animals in various ways. These interactions have not only shaped the way humans have lived but also the animals themselves through processes of selection and in some cases domestication.  Studying these human-animal relationships in the past can help […]

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