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Ohio Historical Society Archaeology Blog.
Lauren Hammersmith, guest blogger on the Ohio Historical Society Archaeology Blog, has written two more posts (Part 6, Part 7) in the series of OSU Student Adventures in Collections telling about her experiences as an Anthropology student at the Ohio State University and analyzing an assemblage from the Proctorville Village Site through her laboratory class with Dr. Deanna Grimstead,
"In my research I have found several factors that can contribute to changing ratios of small and large animal remains in any given archaeological site, and I am interested to see how the Proctorville site compares. This question is an important one to ask because it gives insight to how prehistoric humans had an impact on their environment, and is telling about their subsistence habits."
"As promised, I have my results for my project! As a little recap, I was looking at the relative abundances of small to medium-large unidentifiable mammal bones in the Proctorville assemblage. Based on my sources, there are several reasons the abundance of medium-large mammal remains would decrease over time. These include resource depression, increased diet breadth, increased dependence on small mammals, over-exploitation of large mammals, the environment/climate."