Archeology and the Domestication of Animals in the Old World by Dyson

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Instead, they are fortuitous samples recovered during field surveys and excavation. Thus, the validity of paleoethnobiological analysis depends on answering two important questions: (1) how confident is the 28 S. Wolverton et al. Fig. 2 We analyzed proteins in ca. 800-year-old archaeological long bones from the Goodman Point complex in Southwestern Colorado, USA, using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (Barker et al. 2015). Three lagomorph samples (above) yielded hemoglobin, a blood protein that was identified as originating from the European hare, Lepus europaeus.

Numerous useful weeds also preceded the arrival of migrants. One was the castor bean (Ricinus communis), known to colonial Europeans as the Hand of Christ. A readily identifiable shrub both cultivated and spontaneous, this plant has been known and used medicinally since ancient times as a purgative and to eliminate lice (Carney 2013). Enslaved Africans arriving in the Caribbean and South America rediscovered the castor bean and quickly re-assimilated it into their evolving New World ethnoflora (Voeks 2013).

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