Dr. Mary C. Stiner

MARY C. STINER is Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Curator of Zooarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum of the University of Arizona ( P.O. Box 210030 , Tucson , Arizona 86731-0030 , U.S.A [ mstiner@email.arizona.edu ]).

She earned B.A. and B.F.A. degrees in Anthropology and Fine Arts, respectively, in 1980 from the University of Delaware . She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1990. Her book, Honor among Thieves: A Zooarchaeological Study of Neanderthal Ecology (1994, Princeton University Press), won the first Society of American Archaeology book prize in 1996. Her most recent book, entitled The Faunas of Hayonim Cave ( Israel ): A 200,000-Year Record of Paleolithic Diet, Demography & Society , was published in 2005 with Peabody Museum Press of Harvard University.

Her recent articles include "Changes in the 'connectedness' and resilience of Paleolithic societies in Mediterranean ecosystems" (Stiner & Kuhn, 2006, Human Ecology ), "What's a mother to do? A hypothesis about the division of labor and modern human origins" (Kuhn & Stiner, 2006, Current Anthropology 47), and "Hearth-side socioeconomics, hunting and paleoecology during the late Lower Paleolithic at Qesem Cave, Israel" (Stiner et al. J Human Evol 2011).

Stiner has done archaeological fieldwork at Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic sites in Italy , Israel , Turkey , Portugal , Greece , and France , and sites of diverse ages in the United States . Her professional interests include human evolution, coevolutionary processes involving humans, recent forager economics and technology, the forager-farmer transition, population ecology, behavioral ecology, zooarchaeology of vertebrates and mollusks, and taphonomy.

She is also a dedicated gardener and supporter of wildlife conservation. She pursues a variety of small artistic ventures in her spare time.

Last Updated 5.18.08

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