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H 205 x W 290 mm

160 pages

82 figures, 28 tables (colour throughout)

Published Dec 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789699098

Digital: 9781789699104

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Hunter-gatherers; Palaeolithic; Western Europe; British Isles; Birds; Climate; Environment

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This book considers the nature of the interaction between birds and hunter-gatherers in Western Europe. It examines aspects of avian behaviour and the qualities targeted at different periods by hunter-gatherers, who recognised the utility of the diversity of avian groups in various applications of daily life and thought.



List of Figures ;
Preface ;
Chapter 1. Some aspects of bird life during the Palaeolithic of western Europe ;
Chapter 2. Birds of the Middle Palaeolithic in Britain and western Europe ;
Chapter 3. The Upper Palaeolithic in western Europe ;
Chapter 4. The bird catcher, fowling techniques down the ages ;
Chapter 5. Bird images in the parietal art of Palaeolithic France and Spain ;
Chapter 6. Bird images in Palaeolithic portable art ;
Chapter 7. Avian resources in hunter-gatherer communities ;
Chapter 8. Case study: snowy owls at the Grotte de Bourrouilla at Arancou, Atlantic Pyrenees ;
Index of sites used in tables ;
Index of bird species mentioned in the tables of Chapters 1-3 ;
References ;

About the Author

At the age of seven Anne Eastham’s questions regarding the behaviour of the local avifauna drove her parents to purchase the five volumes of Witherby on British birds, while a Victorian rubbish heap invited excavation. Both predilections persisted. Post London University, she continued research into the identification, physical, cultural and habitat interpretation of avian assemblages from archaeological sites. This was financed through teaching, with students ranging from Special Needs Primary to Post-graduates. Her published reports cover sites in Britain, Europe and the Near East, dated to medieval, Roman and Prehistoric eras, particularly the Palaeolithic.


'Notwithstanding their difference in style and layout, these books are equally deserving of a wide readership. I strongly recommend that both are read with close attention by archaeologists and their students, as well as by bird-lovers and anyone interested in learning more about life in the past.' [Reviewed jointly with Dale Serjeantson's The archaeology of wild birds in Britain and Ireland. Oxbow Books] – Michael Walker (2023): Antiquity