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Anthropology Colloquium Series “Towards A Sustainable Approach: Canid Isotopic Dietary Signatures”

Please join us Wednesday October 24, 3:30 – 5:00 pm in KTH 109 for the talk “Towards A Sustainable Approach: Canid Isotopic Dietary Signatures” by Dr. Bonnie Glencross and Dr. Gary Warrick, Wilfrid Laurier University

Oct 11, 2018

In 2016, anthropologists from Wilfrid Laurier University and McMaster University initiated a collaborative project to develop a canid isotopic dietary proxy for exploring past human diets. It involved the isotopic analysis of bone collagen from 48 dogs from five Huron-Wendat village sites (A.D. 1250-1650) in southern Ontario, Canada, for the purpose of characterizing canid diet.

Preliminary results show inter and intra-site variation, and temporal trends are similar to those observed in human isotopic signatures from the same Huron-Wendat villages. Our results are interpreted within the context of a rich ethnographic record that clearly documents the close connection between humans and dogs, and the varied roles of dogs as companions and participants in hunting, ceremonies, and rituals.