Ceremonially and Ritually Associated Archaeofaunal Remains from Two Sites Near Wide Ruins, Arizona

Author(s): Donelle Huffer

Year: 2015


Zooarchaeological analyses of faunal bone assemblages often focus on the role of animals in human diet and subsistence and as sources of raw materials. Yet animals also fill social and symbolic roles in human societies, and ceremonially and ritually associated archaeofaunal remains have significant interpretive potential. Recognizing the special emphasis accorded to certain animals and their remains and the social factors that shape faunal bone assemblages permits explanation within broader frames of reference that transcend strictly utilitarian-centered interpretations. Investigations conducted by Northland Research, Inc. at two sites near the community of Wide Ruins, Arizona on the Navajo Nation recovered ceremonially or ritually associated taxa. This poster presents these remains as archaeological evidence of the social significance of animals in the pre-Hispanic Pueblo region and interprets their occurrence within a framework that incorporates contextual analysis, ethnohistoric research, and descendent community perspectives.

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Ceremonially and Ritually Associated Archaeofaunal Remains from Two Sites Near Wide Ruins, Arizona. Donelle Huffer. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396962)


Spatial Coverage

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