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UM 432

Canton, MA

The faunal assemblage from the Wamsutta site was composed of 64 fragments of calcined bone. Due to the fragmented nature of most calcined bone, the majority of the bone recovered could not be identified beyond the level of either bone (n=22) or mammal bone (n=22). The majority of the remainder of the bone could not be identified beyond the level of medium mammal bone (n=14). No bone could be positively identified beyond general levels, although two fragments were identified as possibly having come from deer (tibia and phalange) (Figure 1). The skeletal location of the elements identified in the collection are shown on a generic deer skeleton. Four fragments of bird bone were also identified from the assemblage.

The paucity of faunal remains may indicate either that animal resources were not as important during the occupation of this site or that people did not put their refuse bones into the fire, thus the bones did not become calcined and do not appear in the archaeological record. The presence of bird bones may indicate a fall occupation.

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