The Faunal Assemblage from the Cañada Alamosa, New Mexico

Author(s): Michael Wylde

Year: 2015


The Canada Alamosa Project in southwestern New Mexico has generated a faunal assemblage of over 24,000 elements that span 4000 years. The assemblage is the result of 13 years of excavations by Human Systems Research at four archaeological sites located on the privately owned Monticello Box Ranch. The bulk of the material was derived from pithouse and pueblo components at the Montoya Site (LA88891), the Kelly Canyon Site (LA1125), the 450 room Victorio Site (LA88889), and the Pinnacle Ruin (LA2292) but includes Archaic and Apache materials as well. Located on an ecotone and benefiting from the perennial waters of the Ojo Caliente, the location is also a frontier between Northern and Southern Pueblo cultures, with groups from both areas occupying the canyon over time. The discussion will focus on a general synthesis of the collected data and its implications to the temporal and cultural relationships between the four sites. Comparisons between key species will be used to discuss the affects of environmental and anthropogenic change in the Rio Alamosa.

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The Faunal Assemblage from the Cañada Alamosa, New Mexico. Michael Wylde. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397399)

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