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Fremont abandonment practices: a case study of ventilation tunnels at Wolf Village

Author(s): Stephanie Lambert ; Elizabeth Whisenhunt ; Spencer Lambert

Year: 2017

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Ventilation tunnels were commonly used by the Fremont to circulate air within their subsurface buildings. However, there is evidence that ventilation tunnels at Wolf Village, a Fremont site south of Utah Lake, were used for more than circulating air. Our research will explore possible ritual abandonment practices of the Fremont by analyzing the six ventilation tunnels and their associated artifacts uncovered at Wolf Village. Evidence of ritual abandonment practices can include finding articulated animal bones and high value artifacts, such as figurines and trade items, purposefully placed in the ventilation tunnel just prior to disuse. We will compare our findings from Wolf Village to ventilation tunnels at other Fremont sites. By studying ventilation tunnels and the items found in them, we can gain greater insight into possible abandonment practices and expand our knowledge of the Fremont culture.

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Fremont abandonment practices: a case study of ventilation tunnels at Wolf Village. Stephanie Lambert, Elizabeth Whisenhunt, Spencer Lambert. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429232)


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min long: -122.761; min lat: 29.917 ; max long: -109.27; max lat: 42.553 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16161

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