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International Journal of Historical Archaeology

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 472–487 | Cite as

Zooarchaeology and Modernity in Iceland

  • George Hambrecht
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Abstract

This paper follows the lead of the increasing numbers of scholars utilizing the methods and theory of environmental archaeology within historical archaeology. This paper addresses the issue of “modernity” in early modern Iceland through the analysis of faunal assemblages from historic sites in Iceland. It examines the idea of modernity through the ideas of commoditization of animals as well as the improvement of domestic animals as seen through these faunal assemblages. There are a number of possible faunal indications of processes associated with modernity in the existing historic assemblages of Iceland though at least some of these have deep roots in the medieval period. Examining the idea of modernity through the faunal assemblages of historic-period Iceland both help refine the idea of modernity as well as reveal the medieval roots of much of what we term “modern”.

Keywords

Zooarchaeology Environmental archaeology Commoditization Improvement Metrics/Size analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyHunter College (CUNY)New YorkUSA

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