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Maori Subsistence Change: Zooarchaeological Evidence from the Prehistoric Dog of New Zealand

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Title: Maori Subsistence Change: Zooarchaeological Evidence from the Prehistoric Dog of New Zealand
Authors: Clark, Geoffrey R.
Keywords: Maori
dog
kuri
skeletal variation
tooth wear
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LC Subject Headings: Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation: Clark, G. R. 1997. Maori Subsistence Change: Zooarchaeological Evidence from the Prehistoric Dog of New Zealand. Asian Perspectives 36 (2): 200-19.
Series/Report no.: Volume 36
Number 2
Abstract: The dental wear and the post-cranial dimensions of the prehistoric dog of New Zealand (kuri) are shown to reflect the Maori environment in which it lived. Midshaft dimensions became smaller and tooth wear advanced in late prehistoric groups. Nutrition is likely to have been the single most important causative factor in the observed temporal shift. The changes match archaeological evidence for a subsistence move by Maori away from large game taxa toward a focus on marine and horticultural products. It is suggested that there is potential for profitable collaboration between zooarchaeologists, studying commensal species, and physical anthropologists involved in the analysis of prehistoric human remains. KEYWORDS: Maori, dog, kuri, skeletal variation, tooth wear, New Zealand.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/17094
ISSN: 1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections:Asian Perspectives, 1997 - Volume 36, Number 2 (Fall)



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