Research at the Mitchell Archeological Site to be Reviewed
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Dr. Adrien Hannus, Director of Augustana’s Archaeological Laboratories, will review recent work at the Mitchell (SD) archeological site at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April1, in the Morrison Commons 3-in-1 room.
The program is entitled, Human Cultural Adaptive Strategies on the Northern Plains: Bone Marrow & Bone Grease Exploitation at the Mitchell Site. The presentation is free and open to the public and is being held in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the South Dakota Archaeological Society and the Anthropology 397 class.
The specific dietary component being investigated is the use of bone grease/fat, which was obtained from boiling fractured bone. A very large sample of fragmented bone has now been analyzed. Altogether, more than 10,000 bone fragments and more than 43 kg of osseous material are represented in the sample.
The 2009 sample revealed that the amount of whole and partial bone left unexploited is quite small. A growing bone grease processing industry at the site, especially in the middle and latter periods of occupation, is hypothesized.
The work at the Mitchell archeological site was conducted in 2009 with support from the Augustana Research and Artist Fund (ARAF).
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