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MAS Lecture | Underwater Carcass Storage: Evidence for the Role of Proboscideans in Subsistence Practices of Pleistocene Humans

Daniel Fisher, University of Michigan
Thursday, January 21, 2021
7:30-9:00 PM
Off Campus Location
The fossil record of late Pleistocene proboscideans (mastodons and mammoths) in eastern North America has often been understood as consisting of animals that died of natural causes and were preserved in wetland settings with little or no evidence of human association. However, close inspection of many of these sites reveals patterns of bone processing that suggest instead that proboscidean carcass parts were brought to pond or bog settings by humans and were stored underwater to protect them from scavenging and preserve them for human consumption in times of food shortage. These sites thus shed new light on human subsistence and early history in North America.

Zoom lecture
Thursday, January 21, at 7:30 pm

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This lecture is sponsored by the Michigan Archaeological Society.
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Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology, Lecture, Prehistory, Virtual
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