Christopher W. Schwartz, Northern Arizona University
Patricia A. Gilman, University of Oklahoma
Stephen Plog, Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia
Macaws and parrots are colorful birds generally native to areas south of the border between the US and Mexico, but they are present in numerous archaeological sites in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as at the very large site of Paquimé just south of the border in Chihuahua. Archaeologists have paid too little attention to these birds except to highlight the existence and possible importance of interactions between the peoples of Mesoamerica and the US Southwest and Mexican Northwest. Our presentation will focus on recent detailed analyses of these birds and what we know about them as a result.