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Historical Faunal Research

While the primary research focus at Bone Sharp is the identification of faunal remains, we also offer another service. This is production of reports that integrate the primary historical sources into the analysis. The sources take the form of ethnohistoric and ethnographic studies, historic documents and oral histories.

Over the years through close associations with Plimoth Plantation, Inc. and various historical societies, Bone Sharp has built up a data base of seventeenth through nineteenth century sources. These sources pertain to the utilization of faunal resources by Native and non-Native peoples in New England. Other areas of study have been eighteenth centruy Virginia slave society, seventeenth century Native and Colonial foodway patterns, and nineteenth century rural Rhode Island and Boston.

This combination of archaeological and historical research enables us to help our clients interpret their assemblages more fully.