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BISON, DOG, AND DEER, OH MY!: FAUNAL ANALYSIS OF THE LOVITT SITE, WESTERN NEBRASKA

Author(s): Kirsten Tharalson ; Matthew E. Hill, Jr.

Year: 2017

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Summary

The Dismal River complex is a protohistoric archaeological complex likely representing an early Apache occupation on the Central Great Plains of North America. A key Dismal River complex site is the Lovitt site (25CH1), located in southwestern Nebraska. Excavations at Lovitt in 1939 revealed the site as a small residential locality with three ephemeral house structures and more than 150 pit features. Recent radiocarbon dating at the site suggests it was likely occupied either in the first half of AD 1500s or during the middle of AD 1600s. This study analyzes the faunal material from the site. Our study focuses on reconstructing prey choice decisions and patterns in carcass utilization. Finally, we compare our results from Lovitt to patterns of faunal use at other Dismal River sites in order to better understand early Apachean subsistence practices.


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BISON, DOG, AND DEER, OH MY!: FAUNAL ANALYSIS OF THE LOVITT SITE, WESTERN NEBRASKA. Kirsten Tharalson, Matthew E. Hill, Jr.. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429051)


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min long: -113.95; min lat: 30.751 ; max long: -97.163; max lat: 48.865 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15896

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