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Reptiles Rule: Patterns of Prehistoric Consumption in the Interior of Southern Florida

Author(s): Carolyn Rock ; Meggan Blessing ; Nicole Cannarozzi ; Arlene Fradkin ; Michelle LeFebvre

Year: 2016

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This poster discusses patterns of prehistoric consumption in light of results from recent archaeological investigations at black earth middens in the interior of southern Florida. The amount of faunal remains recovered from these sites may represent the largest single zooarchaeological project ever conducted for this region. More than 350,000 animal bones were identified from six sites, whose occupation dates ranged from the Archaic to Historic periods. Identified fauna revealed the overwhelming importance of reptiles, especially snakes and turtles, to the diet. Overall ratios of identified specimens by class included 76% Reptilia (reptiles), 21% Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes), 2% Amphibia (amphibians), 1% Mammalia (mammals), 0.4% Aves (birds), and 0.1% Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes). Changes in consumption practices over time, as well as potential trading or seasonal migration patterns, will be discussed.

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Reptiles Rule: Patterns of Prehistoric Consumption in the Interior of Southern Florida. Carolyn Rock, Meggan Blessing, Nicole Cannarozzi, Arlene Fradkin, Michelle LeFebvre. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404758)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

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