A taphonomic study of seal remains from archaeological sites on the Western Cape coast

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Parkington, John en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Andrew en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Woodborne, Stephan Mark en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-10T08:57:41Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-10T08:57:41Z
dc.date.issued 1996 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Woodborne, S. 1996. A taphonomic study of seal remains from archaeological sites on the Western Cape coast. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/9482
dc.description Bibliography: leaves 238-259. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract A method of interpreting the seal body part representation from archaeological sites is presented and applied to three Holocene archaeological assemblages from the west coast of South Africa. The approach that is developed integrates several different methods that have previously been applied to terrestrial species, but that, with few exceptions, have not be.en employed in the analysis of seal remains. Most of the existing taphonomic indices cannot be applied to seals because of their unique physiology. Appropriate field observations and laboratory measurements are used to construct taphonomic indices that can be widely applied to seal bone assemblages. These include: a hardness index that mediates bone destruction through mechanical attrition, a utility index that mediates differential transport of body elements, and two indices that mediate the impact of carnivore ravaging - the carcass consumption sequence, and the carnivore destructive template. A new approach that caters for the simultaneous application of several taphonomic indices to an assemblage, where previously they have been applied individually or in pairs, is developed. In addition to the taphonomic indices, a method of determining ontogenic age is presented, and the potential limits of seal storage are explored. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Archaeology en_ZA
dc.title A taphonomic study of seal remains from archaeological sites on the Western Cape coast en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Archaeology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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