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Animal Fats and Ancient Pyro Technologies in the North American Arctic: Contextualized Analysis of Lipids in Archaeological Sediments, Combustion Features, and Ceramics

Author(s): Tammy Buonasera ; Shelby Anderson ; Shannon Tushingham ; Andy Tremayne

Year: 2017

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Processing and combustion of animal products including bone, fat, and oil for food and fuel was critical for human occupation of far northern latitudes. Remnant fats from these activities preserve exceptionally well in many Alaskan sites and various sources can be identified using standard techniques of lipid analysis. Combining lipid analysis with ethnographically informed experiments and high-resolution analysis of archaeological sediments, combustion features and ceramics, could help trace the use and processing of various animal products for food and fuel in Alaskan prehistory. Interpretive highlights of several recent studies will be discussed, as will directions for future analysis.


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Animal Fats and Ancient Pyro Technologies in the North American Arctic: Contextualized Analysis of Lipids in Archaeological Sediments, Combustion Features, and Ceramics. Tammy Buonasera, Shelby Anderson, Shannon Tushingham, Andy Tremayne. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431914)


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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15983

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