Changes in reindeer body part representation at Grotte XVI, Dordogne, France

Faith, J. Tyler (2007) Changes in reindeer body part representation at Grotte XVI, Dordogne, France. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34 12: 2003-2011. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2007.01.014

Author Faith, J. Tyler
Title Changes in reindeer body part representation at Grotte XVI, Dordogne, France
Journal name Journal of Archaeological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-4403
Publication date 2007-12
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2007.01.014
Volume 34
Issue 12
Start page 2003
End page 2011
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Foraging theory models are used to examine changes in reindeer body part representation in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic ungulate assemblages at Grotte XVI (Dordogne, France). Previous research suggests that climate change resulted in progressive increases in reindeer abundances throughout the region. If increased forager encounter rates with reindeer resulted in decreased transport distances and search times, central-place forager models predict that field processing at the kill site will decline and reindeer body part transport will become less selective. This prediction is supported, and reindeer skeletal element abundances are shown to become increasingly even and incorporate higher frequencies of low utility elements through time. The progressive shift in reindeer transport strategies operates across technological and hominin species boundaries including the Middle-to-Upper Paleolithic transition.
Keyword Zooarchaeology
Foraging theory
Climate change
Skeletal element abundances
Carcass transport strategies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
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