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Response to Critique of the Claim of Cannibalism at Cowboy Wash

  • Patricia M. Lambert (a1), Banks L. Leonard (a2), Brian R. Billman (a3), Richard A. Marlar (a4), Margaret E. Newman (a5) and Karl J. Reinhard (a6)...

Abstract

The original authors of Billman et al. (2000) are joined by three other analysts from the Cowboy Wash research team to respond to the critique of this article by Dongoske et al. (2000). Dongoske and his coauthors state that Billman et al. (2000) failed to test alternative hypotheses or to consider alternative explanations for the findings at 5MT10010 and similar sites. The original authors point out that alternative hypotheses were examined and rejected, leaving a violent episode of cannibalism as the most plausible explanation for the remains found at 5MT10010. Dongoske et al. also question many aspects of the osteological, archaeological, coprolite, and biochemical analyses that were presented in the 5MT10010 study. Our response addresses issues of data collection, procedure, and interpretation, and attempts to clarify some points that were not fully developed in the original text due to length restrictions.

Resumen

Los autores de Billman et al. (2000) se onen a tres de los analistas que participaron en las investigaciones de Cowboy Wash para responder a la critica del artículo por Dongoske et al. (2000). Dongoske et al. declaran que Billman et al. no evaluaron hipótesis alternativas, o consideraron otras explicaciones respecto a los descubrimientos de 5MT10010yde sitios semejantes. Los autores originales responden que hipótesis alternativas para explicar los hallazgos de 5MT10010 fueron examinadas y rechazadas, dejando así un episodio violento de canibalismo como la única explicación posible. Además, Dongoske et al. cuestionan varios aspectos de los análisis osteológicos, arqueológicos, coprológicos, y bioquímicos que fueron presentados en el estudio de 5MT10010. Nuestra respuesta se dirige a preguntas sobre de los datos, procedimientos e interpretaciones, mientras trata de clarificar ciertos puntos que no fueron completamente elaborados en el texto original debido a limitaciones de espacio.

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