zooarchaeology

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Kate Sarther Gann
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2020
29
Sep

Archaeology Southwest Pilot Survey Informs on Chaco Protection Zone

Dear Friends, This past Saturday was National Public Lands Day. I pretty seriously threw out my back on Friday, so I wasn’t up for a hike to celebrate this special day. But I did watch an amazing documentary on Patagonia’s YouTube site: “Public Trust: The Fight for America’s Public Lands....
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2020
29
Sep

A Resource for Zooarchaeology and Conservation Biology

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Director, Preservation Archaeology Field School (September 29, 2020)—I’m happy to share news of a new publication some of you may be interested in. Wildlife biologist Stephen MacDonald and I just published Faunal Remains from Archaeology Sit...
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2019
14
Mar

The Importance of Dead Bunnies in Mimbres and Salado Archaeology in Southwest New Mexico

How might farmers maintain local access to wild animals for food and other uses for over a thousand years? How might people from different cultural traditions come together to form lasting multiethnic communities? How can the archaeology of southwestern New Mexico from AD 500 to 1450 help us underst...
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2018
22
Mar

Plant and Animal Use in the Mimbres

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (March 22, 2018)—One thing I enjoy about working at Archaeology Southwest is the opportunities we have to share new research beyond the specialized journals where a lot of our work gets published. In that spirit, I’m happy to share an update on ...
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2016
28
Oct

Salad Spinners, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers, and Bones

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (October 28, 2016)—October introduced me to an unexpected new archaeological research tool: the salad spinner. I’ve just returned from a very busy two weeks in southwest Colorado, where archaeological chemistry expert Jeff Ferguson and I...
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2016
03
Oct

Indiana Jones and the Artiodactyl-Sized Long Bone Shaft Fragment

As International Archaeology Day (October 15, 2016) approaches, we'll celebrate by sharing posts about what we're working on now—the daily work of archaeology. Please don't hesitate to comment or ask questions! Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (October 3, 2016)—It’s a...
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2015
15
Oct

The Perfect Field

Between now and October 17, 2015, Archaeology Southwest is participating in the Archaeological Institute of America's celebration of International Archaeology Day (10/17/15) by sharing blog posts about why—or how—we became archaeologists. Today we feature Linda Pierce, Deputy Director. Previous...
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2015
02
Oct

Gopher Jaws and the Past

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist (October 2, 2015)—I spent this week in beautiful southwestern Colorado working on the first phase of a new research project using animal bone chemistry to examine how people’s access to food animals changed over time in the Mesa Verde area. I ...
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2015
31
Aug

Wish Granted

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist My colleague Mike Diehl and I recently heard the good news that we’ve received a National Science Foundation grant (BCS-1524079). When I told my family about it at dinner that night, my youngest daughter asked what a “grant” was. I told h...
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2015
24
Feb

Learning from Broken Bunny Bones

Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist A few years ago, when I was a graduate student, a bright young undergraduate came into the lab to ask about volunteering to help with animal bone analysis, or zooarchaeology. I will never forget the look of horror on his face when I poured a bag o...
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2015
03
Feb

What I'm Doing This Week: Karen Schollmeyer

Karen Schollmeyer, Preservation Archaeologist   This week, I am finishing up faunal analysis (animal remains) from Jakob Sedig's excavations at Woodrow Ruin in the Upper Gila area. He had a field project there in 2012–2013 for his dissertation work. It's interesting because it's just a fe...
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