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World Archaeoprimatology
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: August 2022
  • Print publication year: 2022
  • Online ISBN: 9781108766500
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Book description

Archaeoprimatology intertwines archaeology and primatology for understanding the ancient liminal relationships between humans and nonhuman primates. During the last decade novel studies have boosted this discipline. This edited volume is the first compendium of archaeoprimatological studies ever produced. Written by a culturally diverse group of scholars, with multiple theoretical views and methodological perspectives, it covers new zooarchaeological examinations and material culture evaluations, as well as innovative uses of oral and written sources. Themes covered comprise the survey of past primates as pets, symbolic mediators, prey, iconographic references, or living commodities. The book covers different regions of the world, from the Americas to Asia, along with studies from Africa and Europe. Temporally, the chapters explore the human-nonhuman primate interface from deep in time to more recent historical times, covering both extinct and extant primate taxa. This anthology of archaeoprimatological studies will be of interest to archaeologists, primatologists, anthropologists, art historians, paleontologists, conservationists, zoologists, historical ecologists, philologists, and ethnobiologists.

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