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Faunal remains from the Yangguanzhai site

Author(s): Miaomiao Yang ; Songmei Hu ; Weilin Wang

Year: 2017

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Summary

Over several seasons of excavation, a large quantity of faunal remains have been unearthed from the Yangguanzhai site. These remains were all collected systematically by excavation unit and have been carefully measured and identified by taxon. The analysis of these remains indicates the presence of at least 11 species, including fresh water shellfish (Unio douglasiae), pheasant, crane, dog, domestic pig, roe deer, spotted deer, red deer, and cattle. The presence of some of these species suggests that the climate was warmer and damper than in present times in the Gaoling area. The bones of dogs, pigs, and cattle account for 88.89% of the total specimens, and those of pigs are the most abundant. The presence of wild animal remains also suggests that in addition to raising domestic animals, the residents of Yangguanzhai also engaged in hunting activities.


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Faunal remains from the Yangguanzhai site. Miaomiao Yang, Songmei Hu, Weilin Wang. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429751)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 13181

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