Using Strontium Isotope Analysis to Source Nonlocal Bighorn Sheep, Northeast Arizona
Author(s): Kimberly Sheets
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Archaeological bighorn sheep (O. canadensis) have been recovered in high frequency from the Homol'ovi Settlement Cluster (HSC), northeast Arizona. This is salient because these animals are non-endemic to the Middle Little Colorado River Valley, with the nearest source being the Grand Canyon approximately 160 km away. This study uses strontium isotope analysis to source bighorn sheep recovered from the HSC to four potential source locations where bighorn sheep have been historically documented in the region: the Grand Canyon, San Francisco Peaks, White Mountains, and Black Mesa. This study has implications for understanding socioeconomic landuse by ancestral Hopi groups.
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Using Strontium Isotope Analysis to Source Nonlocal Bighorn Sheep, Northeast Arizona. Kimberly Sheets. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450211)
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Abstract Id(s): 26021