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Needles and Bodies: A Microwear Analysis of Experimental Bone Tattooing Implements

Author(s): Christian Gates St-Pierre

Year: 2017

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Tattoos are embodied experiences, ideas, and meanings expressed by groups and individuals. Many Iroquoian populations of Northeastern North America from the Contact period were known for practicing body transformations of this sort. Moreover, the archaeological litterature abunds with cases of Iroquoian bone objects interpreted as tattooing objects. However, such functional interpretations are often proposed without any clear demonstration. In this paper, we present the results of an experimental microwear analysis of replicated bone tattooing implements. We then suggest avenues to further investigate the social dimensions of tattooing practices.

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Needles and Bodies: A Microwear Analysis of Experimental Bone Tattooing Implements. Christian Gates St-Pierre. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429337)


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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): 15500

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