Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 253–298 | Cite as

Archaeological aspects of insect use

  • Mark Q. Sutton


Insects are present in most archaeological contexts as a result of both natural and cultural processes. Insect data can be used to address a number of issues, including environmental reconstruction, forensics, identification of domesticates, taphonomy, and diet. This paper focuses on the archaeology of insect use in antiquity: their collection, processing, and storage and the archaeological manifestations of those activities. Consideration also is given to the incorporation of insect data into settlement/subsistence models.

Key words

insects entomophagy subsistence systems 


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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyCalifornia State University, BakersfieldBakersfield

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