The Wolf Under the Plaza: Pastoralism and Predation in Spanish New Mexico
The nomadic tribes of the Plains—notably, the Comanche and Apache—are typically considered the main obstacles to the northern expansion of the Spanish empire in North America. But early Spanish settlers in New Mexico found themselves up against another formidable foe that has received far less attention in the literature: the wolf. Indeed, for an expanding pastoral society, the wolf posed perhaps the biggest threat to local economic welfare. In this paper, we report on the recent discovery of a double wolf burial dating to the 17th or early 18th century in the town of Dixon. Our analysis casts a spotlight on the threat these canids posed to early herders in the region and provides an opportunity to reevaluate the role of the wolf in Southwestern pastoral society more generally.
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The Wolf Under the Plaza: Pastoralism and Predation in Spanish New Mexico. Julia Morris, Severin Fowles. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445010)
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