Krish Seetah

Grant Type

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Institutional Affiliation

Stanford U.

Grant number

Gr. 9319

Approve Date

October 4, 2016

Project Title

Seetah, Dr. Krish, Stanford U., Stanford, CA - To aid research and writing on 'Butchery as Social Practice: An Archaeological Case Study' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Preliminary abstract: This book centres on the relationship between butchery and archaeology. How do we study butchery? What are we studying and why do we studying it? Anthropological archaeology is at the forefront of scholarship into this remarkably important subject matter. However, despite an impressive body of literature on specific aspects of ‘butchery’, I aim to demonstrate that we have yet to fully conceptualize butchery, nor to tap into the full wealth of the archaeological cut mark record. The book suggests that we — as academics — have not truly intellectualized this incredibly rich source of data. It identifies a number of methodological concerns that need to be tackled and emphasises why we need a more sustained development of methods to study metal-tool butchery. The book also speaks to archaeology at the disciplinary level. It devotes particular attention to the way in which archaeologists build interpretation from their material. It tackles the complexities of how to better integrate experiential knowledge into academic discourse: how do we intellectualize practical experience? Ultimately, while focused specifically on the zooarchaeological study of butchery, the book seeks to revitalize the future of the subject, positioned more effectively into dialogue at a disciplinary level.