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A canine surrogacy approach to human paleodietary bone chemistry: Past development and future directions

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posted on 31.07.2020, 12:01 by Eric J Guiry
When archaeological human remains are absent or otherwise unavailable for bone chemistry-based paleodietary reconstructions, dog remains may provide an appropriate surrogate material for approximating ancient human diet. This "canine surrogacy approach" (CSA) has developed over the past thirty years and is becoming more common in archaeological science literature. A dearth of continued innovation in CSA applications as well as recent criticisms of its feasibility may reflect the absence of a cohesive overview of the approach's development, its underlying analogical nature, as well as variation and inconsistency in the ways it has been applied. Considering the CSA's invaluable potential to partially circumvent the destructive analysis of human remains, thereby addressing the increasingly recognized concerns of indigenous groups, such considerations would be timely and germane. Recent research has characterized the role of analogy in CSA applications and devised a framework for making CSA interpretations (Guiry J Archaeol Method Theory 19(3):351-376, 2012a, b). In contrast to, and complementing that work, this paper provides an outline of the CSA's inception and evolution with particular emphasis on identifying the impetuses for, and trends in, its development. In addition to clarifying the CSA's origin as well as where and why it is applied today, this review provides an opportunity to identify future directions for productive methodological innovation. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, volume 5, pp. 275–286 (2013)

Author affiliation

School of Archaeology and Ancient History

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences

Volume

5

Issue

3

Pagination

275 - 286

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC

issn

1866-9557

eissn

1866-9565

Acceptance date

14/03/2013

Copyright date

2013

Language

en

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https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12520-013-0133-8#Abs1

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