Bighorn Sheep Processing in the White Mountains, California

Author(s): Jacob L. Fisher; Shannon Goshen

Year: 2015


Previous research in the eastern Great Basin using stable isotope analysis of faunal remains suggests that bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) responded to climate change by shifting their ranges to higher elevations during warm intervals. A shift in sheep ranges would have increased travel and transportation costs for central place foragers based in lower elevation valleys. We expect that hunters responded to the increased costs in a number of ways, including altering settlement strategies and increasing in-field processing of sheep to reduce transport weight. These predictions are tested using a comprehensive analysis of skeletal part representation and taphonomy of faunal assemblages from high elevation sites in the White Mountains, California. Results focus on differences in sheep processing by elevation, time, and site function.

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Bighorn Sheep Processing in the White Mountains, California. Shannon Goshen, Jacob L. Fisher. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395984)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -122.761; min lat: 29.917 ; max long: -109.27; max lat: 42.553 ;