The age of animals represented in a faunal assemblage coupled with assumptions of their season of birth help establish a site’s “seasonality.” Likewise, the modern fruiting schedules of plants represented in sites by their seeds or other edible components suggest when a site was occupied.
Plant sources include macrobotanical remains (e.g., charred seeds recovered by flotation), phytoliths (silica nodules found in some plant stems), pollen, coprolites (preserved human feces), and lipids extracted from pottery. Each source has its strengths and weaknesses. Macrobotanical remains can be abundant, but it is not always clear if they represent food; coprolites clearly contain the remains of meals, but they are very short-term records
EXERCISE: Use the following information presented as a map of eastern Colorado showing the location of eight sites spread between the plains, foot hills and mountains and the floral and faunal material recovered from them. In addition, the attached table of resources and availability is about common flora and fauna in eastern Colorado and the seasons they can be harvested
Reconstruct the seasonal movement across the landscape of the people using these eight sites – provide a narrative and in your answer describe when people are at each site and their movement from one site to the next during the different seasons of the year. In addition, please create a chart or table illustrating what you discovered which includes when the remains that were recovered from each site would have been available during the year (June, July etc.) Upload your chart or table and the narrative which contains the description of your reconstruction of seasonal movement across the landscapes provide