The Canids of Arroyo Hondo: a reanalysis

Author(s): Victoria Bowler; Emily Jones; Cyler Conrad

Year: 2017


Domestic dogs were an important part of human cultures in the prehistoric American Southwest; the significance of these animals is apparent from ceramic decorations and clay figurines, as well as faunal remains. But how these animals functioned within Southwestern cultures is less well-understood. Prehistoric dogs’ roles in some cases seem to have been similar to those of modern dogs: protector, worker, and pet. However, zooarchaeological data have shown that dogs, like turkeys, were also used as a food resource and might have sometimes been sacrificed or killed as offerings. The use of stable isotope analysis has the potential to clarify the relationships between humans and dogs in the prehistoric American Southwest. In this paper, we present preliminary data from our reanalysis of the canids from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, a Pueblo IV community in the Northern Rio Grande.

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The Canids of Arroyo Hondo: a reanalysis. Victoria Bowler, Emily Jones, Cyler Conrad. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431007)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14704