Beaver River Complex Contribution to Folsom Archaeology: An Update and Future Directions

Author(s): Leland Bement

Year: 2015


The Beaver River Complex (NW Oklahoma) of early Paleoindian (Clovis and Folsom) large-scale bison kill sites began contributing to our knowledge of Folsom hunting organization two decades ago with the identification, excavation, and analysis of the Cooper site. Since then a total of five Folsom kill components have been identified at three arroyo kill sites within a 700 m reach of the Beaver River. The most recently discovered site, Badger Hole, contains the youngest Folsom kill component of the sample, dating to 10,350 radiocarbon years before present. The results of the 2011 and 2012 excavations and subsequent analyses of this site’s lithic materials and dating are combined with that from the other Beaver River complex sites and regional sites to provide an update on the current state of analyses and the direction for future southern Plains Folsom research.

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Beaver River Complex Contribution to Folsom Archaeology: An Update and Future Directions. Leland Bement. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395221)


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