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Preliminary Vertebrate Faunal Analysis of Hup’kisakuu7a (93T): Results from 2015 and 2016 Excavations

Author(s): Bree Bamford

Year: 2017

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Excavations conducted at the site of Hup’kisakuu7a (93T), in partnership with the Tseshaht First Nation, unearthed a variety of fauna that merit zooarchaeological analysis. Unlike the major ancient village sites previously excavated, such as Ts’ishaa and Huu7ii, the shallow shell midden of 93T is representative of a small-scale site, potentially occupied over a long period of time, comparable to that of the aforementioned major sites. The faunal assemblage is small in comparison to those of major village sites and differs notably in its consequent composition. Data from two separate excavation seasons have been quantified by weight, number of specimens and volume excavated per cubic meter. The datasets have been integrated to assess intrasite temporal and taphonomic trends, as well as intersite variation. Analysis reveals discernible intrasite variation that is consistent with house floor deposits and associated midden refuse. Intersite comparisons indicate that the characteristics of Hup’kisakuu7a are unique and provide context within a larger archaeological understanding of subsistence practices in Barkley Sound. These results contribute to the ancient and continuous cultural history of the Tseshaht in the Broken Group Islands of Barkley Sound.


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Preliminary Vertebrate Faunal Analysis of Hup’kisakuu7a (93T): Results from 2015 and 2016 Excavations. Bree Bamford. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432056)


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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): 16588

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