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POLLEN ANALYSIS OF AN ARCHAIC CAMPSITE (AR 03-10-08-422) IN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY, NEW MEXICO

Author(s): Linda J. Scott ; PaleoResearch Institute

Year: 1981

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Summary

Site AR 03-10-08-422 is an Archaic campsite located on a forested slope

in Water Canyon, Los Alamos County, New Mexico. The site is situated on a

southeast-facing slope at an elevation of about 8450 feet above sea level

and displays elements of both the Transition and Canadian vegetation zones

(Friedlander and Pinyan 1980). Weber (1976) assigns plants at this altitude

to the Upper Montane and Lower Subalpine zones. A steep slope rises sharply

from the northern edge of the site, and the talus slope falls steeply into a

canyon a short distance to the south. Archaeologists recorded the following

plant species on and around the site: aspen (Populus tremuloides),

ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), white fir (Abies concolor), Douglas fir

(Pseudotsuga menziesii), Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii), Colorado blue

spruce (Picea pungens), scrub oak (Quercus garnbelli), various grasses

(Graminae), kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), western yarrow (Achillea

lanulosa), strawberry (Fragaria), meadow rue (Thalictrurn), dandelion

(Taraxacum), sedge (Cyperaceae), mountain-lover (Pachistima Inyrinites), and

holly (flex) (L. Smith, personal communication, November 1981). The upper

slopes and wet canyon bottoms also support yellow pine (Pinus scopulorum),

juniper (Juniperus scopulorum), birch (Betula), cottonwood (Populus), willow

(Salix), mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus), wild currant (Ribes), chokecherry

(Prunus) and sumac (Rhus). The sampling of the present ground surface

reflects variation in the associated plant species both above (to the north)

and below (to the south) the site.


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POLLEN ANALYSIS OF AN ARCHAIC CAMPSITE (AR 03-10-08-422) IN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY, NEW MEXICO. Linda J. Scott, PaleoResearch Institute. PRI Technical Report ,1981-013. 1981 ( tDAR id: 376580) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8WD3ZTZ


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