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Native Dog Burials and Associated Ritual in Coastal Virginia and Beyond

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Author: Fitzgerald, Jennifer
Advisor: Gallivan, Martin D., 1968-
Committee Members: Moretti-Langholtz, Danielle; Brown, David
Issued Date: 2009-05-04
Subjects: Archaeology
Native American
Burial practices
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/1165
Description: The only domesticated animals on the continent, dogs held a special place among the fauna of North America. Their symbolic and ritual significance is especially evident within Late Woodland sites along the Chickahominy River where several modal patterns of dog burial are present at four sites. Ethnographic and ethnohistorical accounts from related tribes and archaeological evidence from sites across Virginia provide a means of investigating and understanding the multiplicity of meanings that dogs could embody for Native societies in the Eastern Woodlands, particularly as protectors, companions, and messengers. A synthesis of this evidence provides a basis for a richer, contextual understanding of dog burials identified by the Chickahominy River Survey.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology

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