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Hunter-Gatherer Mobility Strategies: A Late Woodland Example from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Author(s): Sean Dunham

Year: 2015

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The Late Woodland (LW) period in the upper Great Lakes region has been linked to the development of the Inland Shores Fishery and especially to the advent of deep water fall fishing. A recent study of LW settlement and subsistence patterns in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan has revealed a shift in the mobility strategies used by LW peoples of that region. Using site locational data and an assemblage diversity index trends were identified that directly inform on LW settlement and mobility patterns that have spatial, temporal, and environmental components. In brief, Early LW people were more residentially mobile and that Late LW people were more logistically mobile. Likewise, Late LW people were making greater use of the interior. This paper will explore the transition in LW mobility patterns and discuss this trend in the context of our understanding of LW dynamics in the region.

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Hunter-Gatherer Mobility Strategies: A Late Woodland Example from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Sean Dunham. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394939)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Midwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America