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A Descriptive Analysis of Animal Paleopathology from the Archaeological Site of Salmon Ruins

Author(s): Mara Smith

Year: 2016

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This thesis research is a small part of the greater potential study of the interactions between people in prehistory and the animals they relied upon for food and ritual items. Analysis will compare the prevalence of osteological changes and abnormalities in the remains of wild animals and domestic turkeys at Salmon Ruin, New Mexico. Domestic turkeys, being influenced by the hand of humans, are unique cases of paleopathology that could potentially provide insight into the domestication and care of the animals that the local population came to rely on so heavily. This study also includes the creation of data collection protocols that are unique to the study of animal paleopathology in an effort to aid future research in an underrepresented field.


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A Descriptive Analysis of Animal Paleopathology from the Archaeological Site of Salmon Ruins. Mara Smith. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405342)


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

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