A comment on nomenclature in faunal studies

Sandra L. Olsen, John W. Olsen

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The study of faunal remains from archaeological sites has been described using a variety of terms including: Zooarchaeology, archaeozoology, osteoarchaeology, and ethnozoology. With such a broad spectrum of terms in current usage, we feel that the contradictions and errors inherent in some of this nomenclature need to be corrected. We prefer the term zooarchaeology, as a contraction of the word zoologico-archaeology proposed by Lubbock in 1865, to define the study of animal remains from archaeological sites and their relationship to humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-194
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology
  • Museology


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