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A plethora of possibilities: Evaluating debitage from large habitation mounds

Author(s): Teresa Raczek

Year: 2015

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For the past few decades, the analysis of lithic production has incorporated an extensive consideration of debitage. While this work has been fruitful, the social and economic context of early habitation mounds presents a number of challenges to debitage analysis. Debitage can result from a number of activities beyond chipped tool production; as a result, researchers must carefully analyze broader economic and social activities in order to offset these challenges. This paper will present the analysis of lithics, debitage, and other related artifacts from a variety of sites in third millennium BC southeast Rajasthan in order to demonstrate how our analytical methods must be modified for early complex societies.

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A plethora of possibilities: Evaluating debitage from large habitation mounds. Teresa Raczek. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396303)


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South Asia


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min long: 59.678; min lat: 4.916 ; max long: 92.197; max lat: 37.3 ;

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