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The Archaeology of Man's Best Friend

Event Type
Lecture
Topics
animals, archaeology
Sponsor
ISAS, Jarrett Prairie Center Museum
Location
Jarrett Prairie Center Museum
Date
Feb 18, 2018   2:00 pm  
Speaker
Steve Kuehn, ISAS
Cost
Free
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 Dogs represent the oldest domesticated animals in the world dating back some 30,000 years. In North America, domesticated dog remains are found at Paleoindian through Historic Period archaeological sites. The role and treatment of dogs among Native American groups, however, has varied considerably over time. Throughout prehistory, dogs were used for hunting, hauling, guarding camps, and played a part in feasts and ritual events. Recent archaeological investigations at the Janey B. Goode, East St. Louis, and Fish Lake sites in the American Bottom region of Illinois have resulted in the recovery of thousands of animal remains, including nearly 150 dog burials. Zoo archaeologist Steven Kuehn will discuss his recent archaeological work and how this information is providing a much more detailed picture on the prehistory of “man’s best friend.”

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