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The Education of a Hunter

George C. Frison

in Survival by Hunting

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520231900
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927964 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231900.003.0002
The Education of a Hunter

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This chapter focuses on the training of prehistoric hunter. It provides an overview of sensory indicators used by both humans and animals and explains that the ability to exploit best the clues available to the senses is a major determinant of success or failure. It describes wild animals and birds hunted for food and the so-called trophy hunters. It proposes an experimental approach that can be used by archaeologists to analyze and understand better prehistoric strategies of animal procurement.

Keywords: prehistoric hunter; sensory indicators; wild animals; trophy hunters; experimental approach; animal procurement

Chapter.  11000 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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