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Faunal Analysis for Two Columbia River House Feature Sites: Hole-in-the-Wall-Canyon (45KT12) and French Rapids (45KT13)

Author(s): Matthew Johnson

Year: 2016

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As part of ongoing thesis work, a taxonomic and taphonomic faunal analysis was completed for the zooarchaeological collections (n≈4000) of two house feature sites, Hole-in-the-Wall Canyon (45KT12) and French Rapids (45KT13). Both sites are located near Vantage, Washington, within the inundated area of the Wanapum Reservoir, and date ca. 2400-200 B.P. Originally excavated as part of large scale archaeological salvage work prior to dam construction in the summers of 1961-62, the fauna was never analyzed. The study area represents a significant spatial gap in analysis and reporting of faunal data along the Columbia River. While fauna from house feature sites have been well reported for areas to the north and south along the Columbia River, as well as for sites along the Snake River, almost no significant quantifiable faunal data has been published for the Columbia between its confluence with the Wenatchee River (river mile 468) and Snake River (river mile 325). This analysis focused on finding differences and similarities between the analyzed faunal collections and other reported house feature faunal assemblages along the Snake and Columbia Rivers.


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Faunal Analysis for Two Columbia River House Feature Sites: Hole-in-the-Wall-Canyon (45KT12) and French Rapids (45KT13). Matthew Johnson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405153)


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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

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