Prehistoric Diet in Southwest Texas: The Coprolite Evidence Academic Article uri icon


  • © Copyright Society for American Archaeology 1974. This report discusses the various kinds of data that are recoverable from the analysis of human coprolites and demonstrates how these techniques are applied to the specific analysis of prehistoric human coprolites recovered from site 41 VV 162 in southwest Texas. The data from these 43 coprolite samples are used to: (1) reconstruct aboriginal diet patterns in southwest Texas between 800 B.C. and A.D. 500; (2) predict specific periods of seasonal site occupancy; (3) distinguish between pollen resulting from the eating of certain plant foods and background pollen resulting from the normal pollen rain; and (4) make limited generalizations concerning the regional paleoenvironment between 800 B.C. and A.D. 500.

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  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Bryant, V. M.

citation count

  • 79

publication date

  • July 1974