What Predicts Cut Mark Frequency and Intensity?

Author(s): Gwen Bakke; Karen Lupo

Year: 2017


The presence and abundance of cut marks in zooarchaeological assemblages are often used to infer carcass acquisition strategies, butchery patterns and the general availability of prey. In this paper we analyze cut mark data derived from three hunter-gatherer ethnoarchaeological assemblages (East African Hadza, Central African Bofi and Aka and Paraguayan Aché) to investigate how well carcass-size and distribution of meat predict cut mark frequencies as measured by conventional measures such as %NISP and %MNE, and cut mark intensity (the number of marks per bone). We also examine how well other factors such as the number of consumers and food sharing influence these measures.

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What Predicts Cut Mark Frequency and Intensity?. Gwen Bakke, Karen Lupo. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430383)


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