Karen Gust Schollmeyer and Katherine A. Spielmann

in The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology

Published in print October 2017 | ISBN: 9780199978427
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190669942 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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Studies of animals in Southwest archaeology have been particularly successful in addressing the social-environmental context of human use of fauna. Two aspects of this topic form the focus of this chapter: understanding anthropogenic effects on landscapes, and human ritual engagement with animals. Studies of fauna and anthropogenic landscape change have centered on topics including garden hunting, anthropogenic vegetation changes, and human impacts on artiodactyls. Investigations of human ritual engagement with animals have primarily included analyses of room and site function (particularly examining ceremonial centers), studies of the emergence of new ritual regimes, and analyses focused on birds in religion. Emerging directions for Southwest zooarchaeology include synthetic analyses, archaeological chemistry, and variation in religious belief over time and space.

Keywords: zooarchaeology; Southwest; anthropogenic

Article.  7260 words. 

Subjects: North American Archaeology ; Environmental Archaeology

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