Zooarchaeology of Mission Nuestra Señora del Pilar y Santiago de Cocóspera

Barnet Pavão-Zuckerman, Júpiter Martínez-Ramírez

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Zooarchaeological research at Spanish colonial missions in the U.S.-Mexico border region indicates that cattle ranching formed the basis for economic colonialism in the region. Animal remains from Mission Nuestra Señora del Pilar y Santiago de Cocóspera add to this expanding body of research and demonstrate heterogeneity in mission economic strategies, particularly influenced by local ecology, and sociopolitical history. Located at a higher elevation, subjected to many years of livestock raiding, and rarely hosting a resident priest, the O’odham community at Mission Cocóspera continued to rely a great deal on the exploitation of wild game, even as they adopted cattle ranching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-482
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • Colonialism
  • Missions
  • México
  • Zooarchaeology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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