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The Faunal Remains from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico

A Study in Short-term Subsistence Change

Richard W. Lang and Arthur H. Harris

In studying the animal bones from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, Lang and Harris had an advantage unknown to most faunal analysts: a collection so large and a site so well dated that the bones could be divided chronologically into ordered samples. By comparing these samples, they could identify short-term changes in the natural environment and in human economic practices throughout Arroyo Hondo’s history. This fifth volume presents the results of faunal analysis from the Arroyo Hondo excavations, covering the topics of prehistoric vegetation and climate; the importance of various animals in the diet; seasonal hunting patterns; methods of butchering, skinning, and cooking; the prehistoric hunting territory; the raising of domesticated dogs and turkeys; and trade in animals and animal products. An appendix gives the raw data for each chronological sample.

Three additional reports are included in this volume. First Marshall A. Beach and Christopher S. Causey describe the bone artifacts found at Arroyo Hondo, discuss their distribution, and compare them with artifacts from nearby sites. Second, the shell artifacts are described by Tamsin Venn, who also examines shell trade routes in the Southwest. Finally, Richard W. Lang discusses the artifacts of hide, fur, and feathers that accompanied human burials at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo.

1984. 340 pp., 46 black-and-white illustrations, 5 maps, 33 tables, 2 appendices, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

Contributors: Marshall A. Beach, Christopher S. Causey, Arthur H. Harris, Richard W. Lang, Tamsin Venn

“As a scientific document this volume is exceptional. Its attention to archaeological and zoological details has rarely been equalled. It establishes a new standrd for zooarchaeology in the Southwest.”
—Richard I. Ford

“…mercifully free of arch-bark jargon and theoretical strutting…. The fine-grain temporal control over the subsamples used in the analysis is rather unusual–allowing an almost unique case study analysis of short-term change in subsistence patterns.”
—Bruce D. Smith

“[These] volumes have each met the criteria of being able to stand alone as contributions to northern Rio Grande prehistory. Each contributes to the advancement of archaeology in terms of methodology or results.”
—American Antiquity


  1. Introduction
  2. Reconstructing the Natural Environment
  3. Wild Animal Exploitation
  4. Animal Processing
  5. Animal Husbandry: Dogs and Turkeys
  6. Trade Animals and Animal Products
  7. Summary and Conclusions
  8. Bone Artifacts from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo
    Marshall A. Beach and Christopher S. Causey
  9. Shell Artifacts from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo
    Tamsin Venn
  10. Artifacts of Hide, Fur, and Feathers from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo
    Richard W. Lang

There are no working papers for this book at the present time.