A groundbreaking book for seriously taking the ontological status and agency of sheep and sheepdogs into account.
This book is an enjoyable read and highly recommended to anyone interested in human-animal relations. Toward the end of the book, Oma brings up the interesting point that the economic imperatives of farming today have crucially influenced how zooarchaeologists have interpreted faunal remains: ‘Members of a household recognize each other as subjects, but in modern culture the average customer would not recognize the subject status inherent in a piece of meat from the supermarket’ (p. 152). It is very likely that the relationships of humans with domestic animals were quite different from the current economic, productivity-based attitudes of farming today. In this book, humans, sheepdogs and sheep are treated as subjects and given a great deal of life and agency.
Norwegian Archaeological Review