Anthropology and Archaeology

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The Cultural Dynamics of Shell-Matrix Sites

Edited by Mirjana Roksandic
Edited by Sheila Mendonça de Souza
Edited by Sabine Eggers
Edited by Meghan Burchell
Edited by Daniela Klokler

The excavation of shell middens and mounds is an important source of information regarding past human diet, settlement, technology, and paleoenvironments. The contributors to this book introduce new ways to study shell-matrix sites, ranging from the geochemical analysis of shellfish to the interpretation of human remains buried within. Drawing upon examples from around the world, this is one of the only books to offer a global perspective on the archaeology of shell-matrix sites.

“A substantial contribution to the literature on the subject and . . . essential reading for archaeologists and others who work on this type of site.”—Barbara Voorhies, author of Coastal Collectors in the Holocene: The Chantuto People of Southwest Mexico


Mirjana Roksandic is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Winnipeg.

Sheila Mendonça de Souza is a professor of public health at Fundacão Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro.

Sabine Eggers is an associate professor of biology at the Universidade de São Paulo.

Meghan Burchell is an assistant professor of archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Daniela Klokler is an associate professor of archaeology at the Universidade Federal de Sergipe.


“An important contribution to the archaeological literature. The authors do a good job of highlighting the diverse research that is being done on these sites and the important directions that are being taken in the archaeology of shell sites.”


Journal of Anthropological Research

8.5 x 11 in. 396 pages 39 halftones, 17 figs., 22 maps, 38 charts, 63 tables