Pacific Island societies depended on the sea to obtain most of their protein. The cartilaginous elements and teeth of sharks, skates, and rays (elasmobranch) are ubiquitous in archaeological faunal assemblages, yet their potential for contributing to a more complete understanding of prehistoric subsistence practices has never been assessed. Using assemblages of elasmobranch remains from throughout Polynesia, elements will be identified to lowest taxon using innovative analytical techniques. A contrasting analysis of island types and their elasmobranch assemblages will be used to understand the importance of sharks, skates, and rays in Polynesian prehistory.
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