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dc.contributor.advisorGreen, Mikeen_NZ
dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Ianen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorClark, Geoffrey Ren_NZ
dc.identifier.citationClark, G. R. (1995). The Kuri in prehistory : a skeletal analysis of the extinct Māori dog (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from
dc.description.abstractSkeletal remains of the prehistoric New Zealand dog, the kuri, are frequently recovered from archaeological sites. Despite their relative ubiquity only one major study, and the last for twenty five years, has been conducted. That work provided limited anatomical and osteometric information and concluded that the kuri population was homogenous through space and across time. This study set out to provide a more detailed skeletal description and to investigate the question of population homogeneity by examining kuri skeletal material from five museums and two university anthropology departments. Metric and non-metric data was collected from a total of thirty seven archaeological sites from throughout New Zealand. Variation within the population was established by comparing coefficients of variation across a number of variables. A program of univariate and multivariate analysis was carried out to examine spatial and temporal variation. Results showed that the appendicular skeleton of the kuri has the highest levels of variation. Smaller limb shaft dimensions of late prehistoric kuri are thought to be due to a reliance on insufficient quantities of marine foods. Tooth wear analysis of late prehistoric dogs showed that they had severe tooth wear compared to 'Archaic' dogs.en_NZ
dc.publisherUniversity of Otagoen_NZ
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dc.subjectanimal remainsen_NZ
dc.titleThe Kuri in prehistory : a skeletal analysis of the extinct Māori dogen_NZ
dc.typeThesis of Anthropologyen_NZ of Artsen_NZ of Otagoen_NZ Theses
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