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Intensive archaeological sampling for fine-grained resolution of human-environment relationships: fauna from the Sand Canyon Locality and the central Mesa Verde region

Author(s): Jonathan Driver ; Karen Schollmeyer

Year: 2015

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Summary

In the Mesa Verde region of the southwest USA the intensity of archaeological excavation, coupled with good preservation and high-resolution dating, creates an unusual opportunity to examine spatial and temporal variation in faunal assemblages. We examine methodological issues associated with the analysis of hundreds of assemblages in a small region, and show how thoughtfully selected data provide opportunities to study a number of phenomena, including: differential human impact on animal species; direct and indirect human impacts; introduction of domesticates; the role of landscape heterogeneity; use of rare species.

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Intensive archaeological sampling for fine-grained resolution of human-environment relationships: fauna from the Sand Canyon Locality and the central Mesa Verde region. Jonathan Driver, Karen Schollmeyer. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396222)


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North America - Southwest


Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America