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Title: The social role of hunting and wild animals in late Bronze Age Crete : a social zooarchaeological analysis
Author: Harris, Kerry
ISNI:       0000 0004 5356 8206
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis investigates the social role of hunting and wild animals in Late Bronze Age west Crete, particularly in Chania. The areas addressed are: the nature of human interaction with wild animals (red and fallow deer and agrimia) in Late Bronze Age Crete, including how might concepts of ‘wild’ and ‘domestic’ have been perceived and enacted; the evidence for the ‘social’ role played by wild animals in Late Bronze Age Crete; and the role human-(‘wild’)animal engagement played in the social and political transformations that were taking place in Late Bronze Age west Crete. These questions are investigated predominantly through primary zooarchaeological analysis, but also referring to other categories of data such as iconographic material. This analysis is situated within a broader body of theoretical approaches to understanding human-animal relationships and adopts, as far as possible, a non-anthropocentric approach. In order to investigate the data, a framework of analysis was devised to link the relationships with the living animal, with the dead animal, and with the animal bone remains, as an interconnected series of embodied events, termed here ‘a cycle of engagement’. It is concluded that interaction with wild animals was an important practice in Late Bronze Age Crete, however a ‘wild’ or ‘domestic’ status may, in cases, have been contextually defined. It is proposed that interaction with ‘wild’ animals would have been encounters of (mutually) heightened physical and sensory awareness, which would have contributed to a sense of relationship between hunter and hunted, and perhaps created contexts within which traditional boundaries might be transcended. It is suggested that consumption of these hunted animals in large-scale (multi-species) communal consumption events would have contributed to the development and maintenance of the west Cretan regional identity at the end of the Late Bronze Age.
Supervisor: Hamilakis, Yannis Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: CC Archaeology