Tool manufacture and bone breakage patterns at a Haudenosaunee site in New York

Author(s): Jessica Watson; Jack Rossen

Year: 2016


The Myers Farm site is located on a hill ten miles east of Cayuga Lake, central New York. It is a small mid-15th century Cayuga farmstead and feasting ground identified by a midden approximately ten meters in diameter. A large roasting pit, hearth features, and storage pits contained animal bone, including worked tools and food debris. This paper describes a preliminary faunal analysis of selected features. Recovered fauna include a generous range of local species, including mammals, birds, fish, and mollusks, and provide a diverse sample of elements suitable for identifying bone breakage patterns. This research focuses first on identifying bone tools, which were vital for efficient food processing and clothing manufacture; second, on patterns of bone breakage as evidence of meat processing and tool manufacture; and third, on worked bone sherds as expedient tools.

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Tool manufacture and bone breakage patterns at a Haudenosaunee site in New York. Jessica Watson, Jack Rossen. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405087) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8JH3NZ4

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -80.815; min lat: 39.3 ; max long: -66.766; max lat: 47.377 ;

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Copy of SAA 2016 poster re: Haudenosaunee bone breakage and use.