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Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology$
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Tanya M. Peres

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049274

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049274.001.0001

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The Dogs of Spirit Hill

The Dogs of Spirit Hill

An Analysis of Domestic Dog Burials from Jackson County, Alabama

(p.105) 5 The Dogs of Spirit Hill
Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology

Renee B. Walker

R. Jeannine Windham

University Press of Florida

Authors Renee B. Walker and R. Jeannine Windham focus on dog burial in chapter 5, “The Dogs of Spirit Hill: An Analysis of Domestic Dog Burials from Jackson County, Alabama.” The Spirit Hill site is located in northeastern Alabama and dates from the late Middle Woodland through the Mississippian prehistoric periods. The site includes the remains of house structures, storage pits, and hearths. In addition, the site has an adjacent cemetery that includes 284 human burials and 29 dog burials. Walker and Windham focus on the dog burials excavated from the site and identify the sex, age, burial context, and pathologies of the canine remains. Given the close association of dogs and humans at death, the authors use the information from the Spirit Hill site to broaden our understanding of the roles dogs played in the lives of humans.

Keywords:   pathology, burials, Woodland Period, Mississippian Period

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