Zooarchaeology Research

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Zooarchaeology research projects conducted in the CAI include undergraduate and graduate student and faculty projects that focus geographically on the American Southeast and Midwest and southern Mesoamerica. To read more about our recent projects, check out the descriptions and links below.


Past Research Projects

  The Black Earth Dogs — Stable Isotope Study (PDF)
Diets of domestic dogs using stable isotope analysis from the multi-component late Middle Archaic (4000-3000 BC ) to Late Woodland (AD 400-1000) period Black Earth site in southern Illinois (collaborative project between Rosemary Bolin and Dr. Heather Lapham).

  The Black Earth Dogs — Dental X-ray Study (PDF)
Dental health of domestic dogs using x-ray analysis at the multi-component Black Earth site in southern Illinois (collaborative project between Rosemary Bolin and Dr. Heather Lapham).

  The Kincaid Dog (PDF)
Skeletal and metric analysis of a dog burial from the Early to Middle Woodland transition (ca. 250 BC to AD 1) component at the Kincaid site in southern Illinois.

  Rockhouse Hollow Rockshelter
Long-term changes in subsistence practices and settlement use at the multi-component Late Archaic (2500-500 BC) to Mississippian (A.D. 1000-1450) Rockhouse Hollow rockshelter site in south-central Indiana.

  Animals and Ritual in Southern Illinois
Ritual and non-ritual use of animals at the Mississippian (ca. AD 1000-1450) Kincaid site in southern Illinois (Meghan Buchanan’s MA thesis research).

  Zooarchaeology in South Texas
Animal utilization at a Late Prehistoric (ca. AD 1000-1700) campsite (MD-1) in the lower Nueces Valley in south Texas (Zach Gilmore’s MA thesis research).

  Kaesberg-Schaudt Site
Subsistence strategies and seasonal activities at the Late Woodland (ca. AD 650-1000) Kaesberg-Schaudt site in southern Illinois.

•  Joara and Fort San Juan
Intercultural interactions, subsistence, and survival at the Berry site, a Catawba Indian village and the site of Spanish Fort San Juan (AD 1566-1568) in western North Carolina.

•  Carter Robinson Mound
Differential access to animal resources at the Early to Middle Mississippian (AD 1150-1450) Carter Robinson Mound site in southwestern Virginia.

  The Broad Reach Site
Subsistence and the role of domestic dogs at the Middle to Late Woodland (ca. AD 200-1500) Broad Reach site in eastern North Carolina.

  Zapotec Zooarchaeology
Urban economies, animal specializations, and animal domestication at Classic to Early Postclassic (AD 200-1100) Zapotec sites in the Valley of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, including Cerro Danush, Lambityeco, Mitla Fortress, and El Palmillo.


For inquiries about past zooarchaeological research projects, contact former CAI curator, Dr. Heather Lapham at hlapham@unc.edu.