Importance of limb bone shaft fragments in zooarchaeology: A response to "On in situ attrition and vertebrate body part profiles" (2002 , by M.C. Stiner

Travis Rayne Pickering, Curtis Marean, Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo

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M.C. Stiner's (J. Archaeol. Sci. 29 (2002) 979) recent defense of anatomical regions profiling (ARP) prompted this response, because conclusions drawn from a large body of actualistic research, generated by numerous zooarchaeologists over the past 30+ years, are consistent in highlighting the differential survivorship of intra-element portions of limb bone specimens. Further, these results argue for the rigorous identification of limb bone shaft specimens and their systematic inclusion in the analyses of archaeofaunas. Stiner's "flexible hunter-scavenger" model of Neandertal ecology in coastal Italy is based, in part, on results from ARP, a technique that we believe does not fully recognize and incorporate these important findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1469-1482
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2003



  • Actualism
  • Anatomical regions profiling
  • Limb bone shaft fragments
  • Taphonomy
  • Zooarchaeology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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