Animal Husbandry at Pimería Alta Missions: El Ganado en el Sudoeste de Norteamérica ​


Documentary evidence from the southwestern region of North America indicates that Spanish missionaries attempted to alter the daily lives of native peoples through the introduction of Eurasian domesticated animals and animal husbandry practices. However, our understanding of the degree to which these efforts were successful is hindered by a dearth of zooarchaeological evidence. Excavations at 18th-century missions in present-day northern Sonora and southern Arizona provide an opportunity to examine the practice of animal husbandry at colonial period missions. Zooarchaeological analysis suggests that efforts to introduce ranching met with greater success than in other colonial regions, and that the derivation of secondary livestock products was an important economic activity at the missions.

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Animal Husbandry at Pimería Alta Missions: El Ganado en el Sudoeste de Norteamérica ​. Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman, Douglas V. Campana, Pamela Crabtree, Susan D. DeFrance, Justin Lev-Tov, Alice M. Choyke. In Anthropological Approaches to Zooarchaeology: Colonialism, Complexity and Animal Transformations . Pp. 150-158. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books. 2010 ( tDAR id: 448540) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8448540

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min long: -112.948; min lat: 28.192 ; max long: -109.011; max lat: 33.119 ;

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Contact(s): Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman

Contributor(s): Andrew Webster; Madeline E. Laub

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