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Tar Trap: No Evidence of Domestic Dog Burial with “La Brea Woman”

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posted on 31.07.2020, 14:44 by BT Fuller, JR Southon, SM Fahrni, JM Harris, AB Farrell, GT Takeuchi, O Nehlich, MP Richards, Eric J Guiry, RE Taylor
We radiocarbon dated the domestic dog found associated with La Brea Woman at the Rancho La Brea tar pits (Los Angeles, CA) to determine the validity of this human–dog connection. The domestic dog yielded a radiocarbon age of 3125 ± 25 14C yr BP (3250–3400 cal yr BP) and La Brea Woman had a re-dated age of 9080 ± 15 14C yr BP (10,220–10,250 cal yr BP). This ∼7000-year offset dispels the hypothesis this was an intentional and ceremonial human–dog burial.

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PaleoAmerica, 2 (1), 2016. https://doi.org/10.1179/2055557115Y.0000000011

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School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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PaleoAmerica

Volume

2

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1

Pagination

56 - 59

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

issn

2055-5563

eissn

2055-5571

Acceptance date

19/08/2015

Copyright date

2016

Language

en

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https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/2055557115Y.0000000011

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