Zooarchaeology in the Neotropics

Environmental diversity and human-animal interactions

  • Mariana Mondini
  • A. Sebastián Muñoz
  • Pablo M.  Fernández

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Mariana Mondini, A. Sebastián Muñoz, Pablo M. Fernández
    Pages 1-6
  3. Edson Pereira Silva, Sara Christina Pádua, Rosa Cristina Corrêa Luz Souza, Michelle Rezende Duarte
    Pages 47-60
  4. Carmen Rosa Cardoza, Johny Isla, Markus Reindel, Enrique Angulo, Hermann Gorbahn, Lucía Watson Jiménez
    Pages 103-122
  5. Michael Buckley, Richard G. Cooke, María Fernanda Martínez, Fernando Bustamante, Máximo Jiménez, Alexandra Lara et al.
    Pages 157-175
  6. Mariana Mondini, A. Sebastián Muñoz
    Pages 177-188

About this book


This volume offers an up-to-date and broad perspective of the archaeology of human-animal interactions through time in the Neotropical Biogeographic Region, ranging from southern North America to southern South America. The region has a rich and singular biotic history. The collection of works included in the volume –originally presented at the Second Academic Meeting of the NZWG-ICAZ – describes some of the instances of the diverse interactions of human and faunal populations in such a setting and the particular properties characterizing the derived archaeofaunal record. Understanding the zooarchaeological imprint of human insertion and evolution in this context represents an opportunity for improving our knowledge on the many ways modern humans have dealt with the colonization of the whole globe, and on the varied forms of organization they assumed within such diverse environments. The topics covered in this volume shed light on different and complementary aspects of the state of the art in zooarchaeological research in the Neotropics, and reveal how much Neotropical zooarchaeology has been growing in the past few decades. Several chapters focus on marine resources, covering a broad range of the diversity found in the Neotropical coastal environments. Another set of chapters deals primarily with inland Neotropical animals –including terrestrial, riverine/estuarine and avian faunas– and also with varying societal organizations. Natural formation processes in Neotropical environments are also dealt with in this collection of works. Finally, Neotropical faunas also entail unique methodological challenges, and some chapters provide new information from this perspective. Altogether, these contributions help grasp how unique human-animal interactions have been in the Neotropics, and yet how much can be learnt from them even for other settings and other times.


Zooarchaeology Human evolution Evolution of mankind Human-animal interactions Stone ages Neotropical Biogeographic Region Neotropical animals Archaeofauna Southern North America Southern South America

Editors and affiliations

  • Mariana Mondini
    • 1
  • A. Sebastián Muñoz
    • 2
  • Pablo M.  Fernández
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratorio de Zooarqueología y Tafonomía de Zonas Áridas (LaZTA)IDACOR, CONICET/Universidad Nacional de CórdobaCórdobaArgentina
  2. 2.Laboratorio de Zooarqueología y Tafonomía de Zonas Áridas (LaZTA)IDACOR, CONICET/Universidad Nacional de CórdobaCórdobaArgentina
  3. 3.Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento Latinoamericano—CONICETCiudad Autónoma de Buenos AiresArgentina

Bibliographic information