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Proteomics and Coast Salish blankets: a tale of shaggy dogs?

  • Caroline Solazzo (a1) (a2), Susan Heald (a3), Mary W. Ballard (a2), David A. Ashford (a4), Paula T. DePriest (a2), Robert J. Koestler (a2) and Matthew J. Collins (a1)...

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Identifying animals to species from relict proteins is a powerful new archaeological tool. Here the authors apply the method to answer questions relating to the Salish of west coast North America. Did they weave their blankets out of dog hair? The proteomic analysis shows that they did, interweaving it with goat, and that the woolly dog was increasingly superseded by sheep in the later nineteenth century.

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