Vertebrate analysis of column samples taken from Hup’kisakuu7a (93T, DfSh-43)

Author(s): Spencer Armitage

Year: 2017


Hup’kisakuu7a (93T, DfSh-43) is a small pre=contact site in Tseshaht territory. This site was excavated in 2015 and 2016 in order to determine to what extent smaller sites in Barkley Sound were being used during the late and mid-Holocene (ca 5,000-200 cal BP). Two 2x2 meter units were excavated. A column sample was taken from the north wall of each units in 2016. These column samples reached a depth of 120 cm depth below datum (DBD) in unit 1, and 137 cm DBD in unit 2. The sediment recovered was screened through 6.35 mm and 2 mm mesh. In this poster I present vertebrate analysis of the material recovered from these column samples. This analysis was done to determine spatial site use, environmental variability and ensure accurate representations of fauna were recovered from different areas of the site. My findings from Hup’kisakuu7a are then compared to column sample data from three larger sites in Barkley Sound; Huu7ii (DfSh-7), Kakmakimilh (306T, DfSh-17) and Ts’ishaa (204T DfSi-16). This comparison determines Hup’kisakuu7a has a lower NSP per litre than its larger counterparts.

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Vertebrate analysis of column samples taken from Hup’kisakuu7a (93T, DfSh-43). Spencer Armitage. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432052)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16011