MARY C. STINER is Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Curator of Zooarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum of the University of Arizona.
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.
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.