Laura Benedict Thesis Defense
MA student Laura Benedict will defend her thesis titled: Zooarchaeological Analysis of Subsistence Practices at the Lake Roberts Vista Site (LA71877), Gila National Forest, New Mexico.
Faunal subsistence practices remain understudied throughout the Mimbres region, even as the general pattern of large mammal resource reduction through time is known. This thesis documents the faunal subsistence practices at Lake Roberts Vista (LRV), a small Mimbres pueblo with a pithouse component occupied during the Late Pithouse through Classic Mimbres periods (A.D. 550 1130). It is in the Sapillo Valley, a tributary to the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico. I also document the changes in faunal acquisition over time and compare the practices of LRV with those of five contemporaneous sites in the Mimbres region during this period.