Journal article

Bower birds, bones and archaeology

S Solomon, M Minnegal, P Dwyer

Journal of Archaeological Science | Elsevier | Published : 1986

Abstract

Objects collected by the Australian great bower bird, Chlamydera nuchalis, may include artifacts and human food debris. The birds could affect the shape and interpretation of some archaeological assemblages. Bones from two bower collections are described according to: (1) their sizes and shapes; (2) the taxa and elements represented; and (3) marks and damage. The potential relevance of the birds for archaeological interpretation is assessed and ways of recognizing bias caused by the birds are discussed.