Prehistoric waste management: a zooarchaeological study in waste, culture and human behavior

Project: Dissertation

Layman's description

Waste is an inevitable productin any society, meaning that it must also always be managed. What is waste? In which ways can a society's perception of waste be related to the creating and maintaining of social organisation and cultural norms. This phD-project focuses on how waste management as a cultural concept can be used in zooarchaeological studies.

The empirical material in this project derives from the Bronze Age site Asine excavated by Swedish scholars since the 1920s. Asine is a coastal site in the area of Argolis, which is seen amongst other as centre of Mycenean culture, especially famous for sites like Mycenea and Tiryns.

I study animal bones from Asine with osteological methods in order to discuss Bronze Age Argolis from a waste management perspective. This implicates that the findings of animal bones in archaeological excavations not necessarily mirrors the living animals they once belonged to. Animal bones from waste-related contexts also reflect how the people managed their waste, a practice that is directly linked with social order and cultural norms. In this sense the project also aims to problematize and theoretize the subject itself and contribute to interdisciplinary evolvement, where osteology, anthropology and archaeology are integrated.
Effective start/end date2012/09/012018/03/02


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