Bunny Or Bison: A Comparative Study of Faunal Material in the Casas Grandes World

Author(s): Elizabeth McCarthy

Year: 2015


Faunal material has been recovered throughout the Casas Grandes world, from the cultural center of Paquime to the borderlands sites of Joyce Wells and 76 Draw. This study aims to compare the faunal assemblages of several Casas Grandes related sites to examine patterns of faunal utilization through time and space. Our results demonstrate that sites closer to Paquime (including Paquime itself) tend to have a more diverse faunal assemblage as well as having a higher percentage of high-ranked mammals than sites located in the periphery. Birds are also more common in the Casas Grandes core zone, which may indicate a higher focus on aviculture, a key characteristic of Paquime. Outlying Animas phase sites, such as 76 Draw, show a faunal assemblage more characteristic of local resource acquisition. We discuss the implications of our results for Casas Grandes ecology, subsistence, and human-environmental interactions.

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Bunny Or Bison: A Comparative Study of Faunal Material in the Casas Grandes World. Elizabeth McCarthy. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396646)

Spatial Coverage

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