Author: R.J. Scarlett; Published by order of the board R.S. Duff M.A., D.Sc., F.R.S.N.Z., Director, Canterbury Museum, New Zealand; Size: 20 x 25.5 (cm); Quantity: 64 pages; Year: 1972.
This book had its genesis in a conversation some years ago with Professor Jack Golson, now of the Australian National University, Canberra, in which he stressed the need for such a work.
Many New Zealand archaeologists have asked for a manual on bones directed specifically to their needs, and this book is an attempt to answer, in part, their demand. As a specialist in bone identification, I am, I hope, aware of many of the problems concerning bones that confront the field archaeologist. I hope this book will be of some help in their solution.
For obvious reasons, it is impossible to illustrate every bone of every bird or other creature which may be found in New Zealand middens. There are between three and four hundred birds in the New Zealand check list, and the list of extinct species is steadily being added to. Some birds are rare stragglers, some have only comparatively recently become New Zealand breeders, but even when these are omitted, the list of birds found archaeologically is still a formidable one.
The book includes plates and images of birds and other animal bones found in New Zealand and Europe.
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