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Diet and mobility on the Canadian Plateau: Isotopic analysis of domestic dogs and other fauna from the Bridge River site

Author(s): Alejandra Diaz ; Anna Marie Prentiss ; Rebecca Macdonald ; Olaf Nehlich ; Michael Richards

Year: 2017

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This study reports on carbon, nitrogen, and sulphur isotope analyses of dog remains and other fauna from the Bridge River site in the Mid-Fraser region of the Canadian Plateau. We discuss these results in relation to dietary variability and resource mobility through time and in the relationships between dogs and humans. While dogs are not a direct proxy for humans in dietary isotope studies, their diets are influenced by human dietary practices, and therefore indicative of human subsistence strategies and activities. Similarly, evidence of dog mobility reflects the spatial interactions between human groups and resources. Dietary results demonstrate that while salmon played an important part of dog diet at Bridge River, variability occurs across age groups and culture periods. Mobility of dogs and potential differences in origin through time is also indicated.


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Diet and mobility on the Canadian Plateau: Isotopic analysis of domestic dogs and other fauna from the Bridge River site. Alejandra Diaz, Anna Marie Prentiss, Rebecca Macdonald, Olaf Nehlich, Michael Richards. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430136)


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min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15209

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