FAUNA AND IDENTITY: RITUAL, FEAST AND DIET AT GOAT SPRING PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO
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Limited research has been conducted in the Rio Abajo region of New Mexico regarding the social dynamics of its people. In this project, I hope to further our archaeological understanding of this region using data from Goat Spring Pueblo (LA 285), a site consisting of approximately 250 rooms near Magdalena, New Mexico. This pueblo, located on a historic trail connecting Zuni and Rio Abajo villages, was occupied at least two times over the late Pueblo period (A.D. 1300 - 1680). This project examines the mammalian remains found within the architectural structures of Goat Spring Pueblo during the 2013 excavations. My goal is to help understand the identity, economy, and ritual practices of the inhabitants of the village, including response to Spanish occupation within the region. I will address questions regarding changes in diet and activity involving the use of faunal remains by identifying species and using faunal attribute and taphonomic analyses.
Mendha, Muhammad Ali A (2014). FAUNA AND IDENTITY: RITUAL, FEAST AND DIET AT GOAT SPRING PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from