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Diagnostic Elements and Interobserver Variation in the Indentification of Fish Bones

Author(s): Alicia Hawkins ; Suzanne Needs-Howarth

Year: 2017

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Research by us and others has demonstrated that the taxonomic identification of fish bones from archaeological sites varies between analysts. While rarely acknowledged, this variation may be significant enough to result in different interpretations of site function and seasonality. The level of specificity of identifications and the elements considered identifiable are two important sources of variation. Other factors include the nature of the reference collection used and the experience of the analyst. Using samples from the lower Great Lakes region, in this poster we consider whether use of a select suite of diagnostic elements would improve reliability of identifications.


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Diagnostic Elements and Interobserver Variation in the Indentification of Fish Bones. Alicia Hawkins, Suzanne Needs-Howarth. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429009)


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min long: -80.815; min lat: 39.3 ; max long: -66.753; max lat: 47.398 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16943

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