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Tundra, Ice and a Pleistocene Cape on the Gulf of Maine: A Case of Paleo Indian Transhumance

Author(s): Bertrand G. Pelletier ; Brian S. Robinson

Year: 2005

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The prominence of Munsungun Chert at the Bull Brook Paleoindian site provides a case study for long-distance lithic transport between northern Maine and northeastern Massachusetts, a distance of over 400 kilometers. Paleoenvironmental factors suggest seasonal concentrations of caribou may have occurred at different times of the year, providing the incentive for long-distance seasonal transhumance. Specifically, we look at complementary attractions of an ice-edge environment in proximity to the northern chert quarries, and what may have been a grassy cape directly east of the Bull Brook site.

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Tundra, Ice and a Pleistocene Cape on the Gulf of Maine: A Case of Paleo Indian Transhumance. Bertrand G. Pelletier, Brian S. Robinson. Archaeology of Eastern North America. 33: 163-176. 2005 ( tDAR id: 391807) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8NV9MFV


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min long: -72.609; min lat: 42.147 ; max long: -68.61; max lat: 47.1 ;

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