African Archaeological Review

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 73–74 | Cite as

Animals and People: Archaeozoological Papers in Honour of Ina Plug, edited by Shaw Badenhorst, Peter Mitchell and Jonathan Driver

Archaeopress, Oxford
  • Veerle LinseeleEmail author
Book Review

This volume of 18 papers was compiled to honour the role of Ina Plug in the establishment of archaeozoology as a scientific discipline in southern Africa. Her impressive scientific career is summarised in the first chapter. In the second chapter, the history of the Archaeozoology Department in the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria is described, including the major accomplishments of Ina Plug in that institution. The Museum now houses one of the most extensive comparative collections for archaeozoological research in southern Africa, thanks to her and her colleagues. Sadly enough, the Archaeozoology Department was closed at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Museums and Universities all over South Africa have difficulties in keeping research staff due to the political and economic circumstances in the country. Faunal researchers from these institutions have now started to work on a private basis to meet the needs for faunal analyses from South African archaeological sites. Among...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Archaeological SciencesKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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